Highbrow day out

It was flattering to be asked by The Guardian to write an article for its travel website about my “perfect day out” in north-west London. This forms part of a series of similar pieces written by other London writers and bloggers.

It was an interesting exercise thinking about the highlights of our part of London. I tried to avoid some of the most obvious attractions and was pleased to be able to plug my personal Hampstead highlight:

Completing my Hampstead tour is one of my favourite north-west London museums: 2 Willow Road was the home of architect (and arch-villain, in the eyes of local resident Ian Fleming) Erno Goldfinger. Like any architect worth his salt, Goldfinger designed his own home, which meant knocking down some cottages that Fleming apparently liked. Goldfinger (you can’t say it without bursting into a bit of Shirley Bassey, right?) also designed pretty much everything inside the house too. It’s a modernist’s wet dream and worth doing the guided tour to appreciate all the details.

I was amused to see that the paper has billed the article as a “highbrow day out”, which is largely because they asked me not to list a load of restaurants and cafés, which apparently some other contributors had done. Ironic then, that one of the few eating places I plugged – Ammis Curry – closed between my submission and publication. Shame.

Have a read of the article, and see whether there’s anything you’d have added (bearing in mind that it’s quite a packed day already!).

On a separate issue, it would have been nice to have been paid for this – especially given the length, and the fact that I do write for a living – but I was willing to forgo the cash this time in the cause of NW London boosterism.

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  • Anonymous

    Great, keep up the good work, I read your blog all the time and it is the best blog about an area out there. Why not have a "donate" button if the idiots at the Guardian won't pay we can make a contribution if we use your blog. Why not, no-one should provide a service for free, even if they do so due to a real love of the area. –Not a lefty Guardian reader.

  • Anonymous

    You're a bloke!!!
    I always assumed you are the blonde woman I met at The Ship comedy night.
    At various events you mention that I might happen to go to I have always been on the lookout for you as a blonde woman in her late twenties. No wonder I have never met you.
    Des Brittain.

    • The "Posted by Jonathan" at the end of every blog entry hadn't given it away? I am blonde though.