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What have I missed since March 24th?

West Hampstead’s cheapest property is relatively its most expensive… and is really really small.

By contrast, Stephen Fry’s former house – a stunning 5-bed property with its own internal tree – is back on the market for just under £2.5 million.

In the week when gay marriage became possible, local vicar Fr. Andrew Cain was featured in The Daily Beast about his own church-defying stance on gay marriage.

St James' nails it's colours to the mast  via Fr Andrew Cain

St James’ nails it’s colours to the mast via Fr Andrew Cain

A man was jailed for a string of burglaries in and around Maygrove Road last month.

After Lib Dem candidate Maajid Nawaz’s rambunctious performance on Newsnight, the Spectator suggested the Lib Dems might scale back support for him in Hampstead & Kilburn. The Lib Dem press office refuted the claim.

West Hampstead Life’s Election 2014 coverage kicks off this week. Keep your eyes peeled for more.

The psychotherapy school that wants to move into Fortune Green has won over local residents.

The Crediton Hill pebbeldash story that the Camden New Journal covered earlier in the month, made it to the Daily Mail. Any excuse for a photo of Emma Thompson.

West Hampstead used to have a magic shop – but it disappeared long ago!

As work continues on Maygrove Road, Handrail House has been demolished.

The 2nd whampsocial was another great success. The next one will be April 16th at Frida’s bar again. No tickets, just turn up. The tacos are great!

The planning application has been submitted for the 24-storey tower block at Swiss Cottage. More details on the local councillors’ blog. There’s a campaign opposing it already @swisscottageag.

NW6 Film Club is off to see The Double (Richard Ayoade meets Dostoyevsky through the medium of Jesse Eisenberg) on Sunday at The Tricycle. All welcome.

We spoke to the director and cast of The Kilburn Passion – a play commissioned for the Tricycle Theatre that will be performed by its Young Company this week.

An elderly woman was hit by a lorry on Thursday on the Finchley Road near Waitrose. She was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

After Nautilus’s mention in Time Out a couple of weeks ago, this week it was Bake-a-boo’s turn to represent north London – for “best afternoon tea“.

A public memorial service will be held at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square for long-time West Hampstead resident (and Nobel prize winning author) Doris Lessing, who died last November.

Dine2Donate – the recent event to raise money for local foodbanks -raised £750.

A UFO (oh yes) was spotted in West Hampstead earlier in the month.

The Culture Hub

  • The Past is Film of the Week. Full local listings and our recommendations here.
  • Andy Zaltzman at the Good Ship Comedy Club on Monday night is our “Why not try…” of the week.
  • The English Chamber Choir performing Handel at JW3 is our Gig of the Week. Check out all the other music offerings locally.
  • The Kilburn Passion is our Hot Ticket of the week – and West Hampstead Life readers get a discount.

Tweet of the Week

  • Stevo

    I was the person who spotted the ufo 🙂 surprised it found it’s way onto the blog so quick!

    • We think we’ve solved the problem. According to one resident “There is someone living in the mansion block on the corner of West End Lane and Lymington Road, above Colour Division and they have a four propeller drone which I have seen them flying from the balcony at the rear and from the roof. I have seen one of these recently (up close) and they also have the flashing colour lights for night use. Long range – can fly up to
      2km from the controller no problem.

  • EM

    what’s going on at Hidden Treasure – looks like its closing down (or being refurbished)?