Entries by Jonathan Turton

A bike ride around Camden’s borders

Cycling correspondent @Cycle_Whamp clipped in his shoes and checked out a Camden SkyRide. Do with comments or suggestions for bike-related articles. Since 2009, Sky has been active in sponsoring British cycling. This culminated with Bradley Wiggins’ and Chris Froome’s back-to-back victories in the Tour de France. Yet, professional cycling is a world away from cycling […]

What have I missed since October 7th?

Chez Chantal is to become a Headmasters hairdressers. More serious research into the gaps in the West Hampstead market there. Maybe it has set its sights on stealing Bank of England governor Mark Carney away from Mill Lane Barbers. Micro Logic on Fortune Green Road is apparently also set to become another hair & beauty […]

What have I missed since September 30th?

Four more men were arrested in connection with the murder of Sabrina Moss; one has been charged. Mario’s on Broadhurst Gardens is finally set for redevelopment – but the whole block will have to come down first! A very impressive online historical map of the area reveals all sorts of curiosities, though my favourite part […]

Tree debate moves to Network Rail

If anyone still sent actual letters, then the local back-and-forth about the chopping down of the trees on and near the Ballymore site would have accounted for a small copse all by itself. Mercifully, it’s only been everyone’s inboxes taking the strain as councillors, concerned locals, residents associations, the Neighbourhood Development Forum, council officers and […]

Bench for elderly attracts litter and noise

You’d think a bench would be an uncontroversial object. Just a few pieces of wood, not getting in anyone’s way. Doing its bench thing. You’d be wrong, so terribly terribly wrong. KOVE, which stands for Kilburn Older Voices Exchange, together with WHAT (West Hampstead Amenities & Transport), managed to get Camden to install a bench […]

New twist in Gondar Gardens saga

If you’re playing catch-up on the interminable story of Gondar Gardens, which progesses as fast as the slow worms that have previously come to its rescue, then please read this succinct summary of where we stood back in June. In a nutshell, a developer had submitted two separate plans to build houses on this disused […]

RNIB pub quiz at The Black Lion

The Royal National Institute for the Blind’s (RNIB) campaign to promote reading, Read For RNIB Day, is having its biggest nationwide event on 11th October. As part of this campaign, some local residents are taking over the normal Black Lion pub quiz on Sunday 13 October to raise money for RNIB. The popular Sunday night […]

Water: A Fortune Green poem

Today is National Poetry Day. You may not know that Fortune Green has an official poet. Ted Booth is the artist in residence for 2013-14, and has already written a couple of poems, which you can read here, including one about the film screening of Back to the Future. Today’s poem is inspired by Samuel […]

Four arrests in Sabrina Moss murder case

[updated Oct 4th 1.15pm] The Met has arrested four men on suspicion of murdering Sabrina Moss following a pre-planned operation in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Armed officers were involved, and they had warrants for five addresses across north-west London. A 28-year-old was arrested in Cricklewood, a 19-year-old and another 28-year-old were arrested in […]

What have I missed since September 23rd?

The funeral was held for Sabrina Moss, the woman shot and killed on Kilburn High Road last month. JW3 – the new Jewish Community Centre on the corner of Lymington Road and Finchley Road – opened its doors to the public for the first time this Sunday. And a lot of the public turned up […]

Whampevent: It’s funny because it’s true

STOP PRESS: If you’re coming tonight – be there by 7pm or you probably won’t get in If you didn’t know that Kilburn’s Good Ship runs a Monday night comedy club then you have had your head in the sand for the past few years. Now you can find out and meet some lovely locals […]

NDF: Three ways to have your say

It’s never too late to get involved. The Neighbourhood Development Plan is merrily bowling its way along, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t scope for you to help shape it. First up, tomorrow there are two workshops you can join. One in the morning, one in the afternoon. They’re identical, so just pick whichever […]

Waitrose’s “long-standing ambition”

Waitrose has finally issued a press release about its probable West Hampstead opening on the Pizza Express site. Assuming it clears the planning hurdles, the John Lewis Partnership, which owns Waitrose, expects to create up to 50 new jobs, with all employees becoming partners. Waitrose Director of Development, Nigel Keen, said: When the the unit […]

Welsh Harp & Fryent Country Park

Our first (half) day out, is a late summer six-mile ramble through Brent and Barnet that starts just six minutes from West Hampstead! On this Sunday afternoon, we watched swans corralling signets in Welsh Harp reservoir, discovered Brent’s oldest building, ate a wild apple, and still couldn’t avoid spotting the Shard. Factbox ¦ Route map […]

What have I missed since September 16th?

The parents campaigning for a new secondary chool in West Hampstead set out their stall, and the responsible Camden cabinet member responded. Debate then ensued! Barclays’ Swiss Cottage branch hit the headlines when it was the source of a cyber security attack that cost the bank £1.3m. Kingsgate primary school is expanding – almost certainly […]

Kingsgate school expands… a mile away

While debate rages on whether we need a new secondary school in the area, younger children are almost certainly getting a “new school”. Why the quote marks? Well, it’s not technically a new school, because that would add to the bureaucratic hoops – it’s going to be an extension to Kingsgate School, only it probably […]

What have I missed since September 9th?

Waitrose submitted its full planning applications, covering delivery arrangements and noise impact. All summarised neatly here. There’s some confusion over the fate of the trees adjacent to the West Hampstead Square site, while it looks like those on the site will indeed be felled. The fly tipping at Minster Road is getting worse. We’re still […]

Little Waitrose; big lorries?

Ever since the licence application was spotted in the window of Pizza Express late last month, West Hampstead (at least on Twitter) has been abuzz with the news that Waitrose is planning to move to the neighbourhood. But what impact will another supermarket have in terms of noise and traffic, and will the fabric of […]

Zadie Smith’s NW: Opportunities knocked

Kilburn, Willesden, Harlesden. London’s north-west neighbourhoods pulse through this triptych of interconnected tales. Their council estates and streets are the building blocks and threads of a narrative that sweeps its way through ideas of opportunity, identity and class. Zadie Smith’s affection for the area, her area (at least before she moved to New York), is […]

What have I missed since September 2nd?

The man charged with Sabrina Moss appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink. This was a preliminary hearing and he will be back in court on November 19. The court heard how he used a Mac-10 submachine gun (a notoriously inaccurate weapon) and a shotgun. Police continue to search for witnesses. Ballymore has confirmed that […]

Unleash your inner writer in the Hothouse

Arty West Hampstead just got even artier. Legendary award-winning author and journalist Charles Shaar Murray brings his HOTHOUSE PROJECT: JOURNALISM AS CRAFT AND ART writing course to Emmanuel Church on West End Green NW6 this month. Even in leafy West Hampstead, not everybody wants to write — but everybody who does want to write wants […]

What have I missed since August 26th?

One man will appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday charged with the murder of Sabrina Moss. Detectives are still appealing for witnesses though as more than one person is believed to be involved. Friends and family of Miss Moss held a vigil on Saturday to mark one week since she was shot on Kilburn […]

Sabrina Moss murder: One week on

This morning a large crowd gathered on Kilburn High Road to pay their respects to Sabrina Moss. Miss Moss who was celebrating her 24th birthday last Friday night, was shot at around 4.15 on Saturday morning outside Woody Grill and died later in hospital. Friends and family, wearing t-shirts with Sabrina’s photo on them, appealed […]

Fifty years since Bowie recorded in West Hampstead

He was just 16 and still known as David Jones, but this was his first ever professional recording session. He wasn’t even on lead vocals. David Jones (via the David Bowie official website) Die hard fans can visit the David Bowie website for the full story, but here’s the overview. On August 29 1963, The […]

Sabrina Moss murder: man arrested at St Pancras

[last updated Aug 29th 6pm] Martell Warren (22), was arrested by officers from the British Transport Police at St Pancras International train station on Tuesday night on suspicion of the murder of Sabrina Moss and the attempted murder of the her friend Sabrina Gachette, who is still in hospital. According to the Camden New Journal, […]

Sabrina Moss: Arrested men also shot

[updated Aug 28th 8am] Sabrina Moss, a 24-year-old mother and nursery teacher from Neasden, died after being shot outside Woody’s Grill at 211-213 Kilburn High Road at about 4.15 on Saturday morning. She was with a friend, who was also shot and is believed to be suffering from life-changing but not life-threatening injuries. Sabrina had […]

What have I missed since August 19th?

Two women were shot, one fatally, on Kilburn High Road in the early hours of Saturday morning. Two arrests have been made, but police are still appealing for witnesses. It appears the two victims were “in the wrong place at the wrong time”. Sabrina Moss, who diedafter being shot in Kilburn Waitrose is moving to […]

Kilburn High Road double shooting

[last updated Aug 25th 1.30pm] [Aug 26th: more details emerge: http://www.westhampsteadlife.com/2013/08/sabrina-moss-arrested-man-also-shot-0203.html] Two 24-year-old women were shot on Kilburn High Road in the early hours of Saturday morning, one fatally. The incident took place outside Woody Grill near Gascony Avenue. The woman who was killed was Sabrina Moss of Neasden. The other woman, who has not […]

Want a butcher? Why don’t you pay for it?

Picasso’s – West Hampstead’s short-lived and misnamed pizzeria – is rumoured to be becoming another pizzeria. If true, probably a bad idea. Whenever a retail or restaurant unit becomes available, the clamour begins as everyone says what they’d like to see move in. No-one ever says “West Hampstead really needs another pizza place” but without […]

West Hampstead Square: All trees to be axed

West Hampstead Square, the Ballymore development on West End Lane, is still in the site clearance phase. The trees on the site will be removed very soon, but at least one group of residents wonders whether such drastic measures are necessary. Removing the trees was all part of the original planning application, so it’s not […]

What have I missed since August 12th?

It’s not clear whether Abercorn School wants to move into Fortune Green or not – what is clear is that a large number of locals are opposed to the idea. Camden’s Kilburn ward will be getting support and funding as part of an initiative to bridge the digital divide. You’re all getting bored of the […]

Wealthiest renters in West Hampstead?

I was lucky enough to be given a guided tour of the new student accommodation on Blackburn Road a couple of weeks ago. Bedroom in shared flat The building opens on September 1st, though the majority of students move in to West Hampstead a fortnight later. Contrary to my assertion some months ago, there are […]

Student living – the West Hampstead way

The first students move into the new Blackburn Road block on September 1st, with the majority coming on the 14th. I asked people on Twitter to come up with some top tips for them, and here’s the result! [View the story “Top tips for new students in West Hampstead” on Storify]

Is Abercorn School hedging its bets?

It’s been several months since Abercorn School announced it was interested in moving into the vacant ground-floor unit at Alfred Court – a formal application has been submitted, but is this just a backup plan? The private school based in St John’s Wood was looking for somewhere to expand and seemed to think that this […]

Ride 100 miles for The Winch

Local cycling enthusiast Eugene has had a great idea that will get you fit and raise money for The Winch. Let me hand over so he can tell you all about it. The weekend before last, I took part in the Ride London sportive – a 100 mile ride on most of the Olympic road […]

What have I missed since August 5th?

There was some debate about the prevalence of estate agent signs in the area. I ran a poll that showed 83% think they are eyesores, and 17% “helpful”. St James’ Church was finally officially awarded the contract for the Post Office. Expect it to open in the spring. The Mexican restaurant where LoveFood used to […]

Scene and heard – live music in West Hampstead & Kilburn

Francesca Baker, music blogger, promoter and recent arrival in West Hampstead, takes a look at why our local area isn’t as buzzing as it could be when it comes to live music. Music. NW6. The two aren’t generally associated, but is that fair? We’ve already revealed West Hampstead and Kilburn‘s musical legacy and the impressive […]

Arriba! Unusual margaritas at Mamacita

After several weeks of anticipation (actually only six, though it’s somehow felt like more), Mamacita, the new Mexican restaurant on West End Lane, finally opened yesterday evening. I was fortunate enough to be the first person through the door, greeted by owner Lorraine with a flower in her hair. Frida Kahlo, the monobrowed Mexican artist […]

Name the West Hampstead Square towers

Whether or not you’re a fan of the West Hampstead Square development, it’s already well underway. Some of you have been into the marketing suite, which showcases the fixtures and fittings of the apartments (vintage, despite the modern architecture), and plenty more of you have been gazing through the window at the rather large model […]

Whampbooks is Five – August 29th

This month sees the return of the ever-popular Whampbooks lock-in; the fifth edition no less. What is this event? I hear you cry. It’s a chance to browse and stock up on some holiday reading at the lovely West End Lane Books, while drinking free wine (thanks Chelsea Square) and meeting some lovely literary locals. […]

Local restaurant name comes back to bite it

When it opened back in April 2011, we all thought that it was a brave choice of name. There were a few sniggers. The intellectuals pointed out that it meant “papaya leaf” but that didn’t stop the comments. Mercifully, the place has proved incredibly popular, serving tasty food at very reasonable prices. Still, it’s not […]

What have I missed since July 29th?

Camden’s parking fine surplus stands at more than £20 million, but minicabs on Solent Road continue to park illegally. A man was charged with the mid-July robbery at the Western Union branch in Swiss Cottage. In a week of storms, a lightning strike knocked out some rail infrastructure and caused delays to the Thameslink line. […]

Film on Fortune Green: We’re on a mission from God

Yes! Sanity prevailed. The people spoke (well, 186 of them did) and the overwhelming winner in the vote for August 31st’s Film on Fortune Green is The Blues Brothers. This classic musical comedy from 1980 stars Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi and was directed by John Landis. It features cameos from some of America’s musical […]

Could Solent Road generate more parking fines?

Camden generates the third biggest surplus from parking fines in the country, according to a report from the RAC. But should one street in West Hampstead actually be generating more revenue for Camden? According to the RAC, Camden’s surplus is £25 million (a shadow of Westminster’s £41.6 million). Camden’s own annual parking report from September […]

Physical evidence of a broken community?

It would seem like a blatant act of vandalism. Smashing the glass on the newish community centre notice board is just mindless. Adam Barnard noticed it on Monday and took this photo: Smashing the glass, ok… taking the various flyers? How keen are these people on attending the next WI meeting or going to fathers […]

What have I missed since July 22nd?

The cucumber story refuses to die – and meant a quick appearance on the BBC London breakfast radio show. The marketing suite for West Hampstead Square has opened and you can see the model of the development. Camden council has decided to set a 20mph limit in borough after consultation. Papa John’s gets the NYC […]

How clean are West Hampstead restaurants?

Congratulations to all those West Hampstead restaurants, cafés, bars and takeaways that have scored a maximum 5/5 on their Food Standards Agency inspections. A pleasingly high number of our local establishments have received top marks, with a similarly healthy number falling just one point short. Five offenders were awarded just one point (Gung Ho, Cafe […]

Growth area plans: Clear guidelines or muddy waters?

West Hampstead is growing – that’s blindingly obvious to anyone who’s walked past the marketing suite promoting West Hampstead Square since the paper came down from the windows. How, therefore, do we keep some sort of oversight of all the plans and proposals so that the end result isn’t some hideous mish-mash of buildings that […]

Previously, on Camden Council

Camden is one of the more progressive councils when it comes to transparency, with webcasts of council chamber meetings and a tolerant attitude to visitors in the gallery taking photos or filming on their phones. However, even Camden has some way to go when it comes to capturing viewers’ imagination. It needs to look at […]

What have I missed since July 15th?

The mystery of the cucumbers dominated the early part of the week – and the national press finally picked it up at the end of the week (although confused West Hampstead with Hampstead). We now know who the three main Hampstead & Kilburn candidates will be for the next general election. We rounded up all […]

Iverson Road plans match approved scheme

The Iverson Tyres site is the next bit of Iverson Road set for redevelopment. Iverson Tyres is headquartered on the premises, but is actually a chain of tyre fitters now and the Iverson site isn’t very cost efficient as a fitting centre. Enter the property developer. McGregor Homes was originally the developer involved with the […]

Tulip and Maajid to stand for Hampstead & Kilburn

On Sunday, the Kilburn Festival was in full swing in the blazing sunshine. A few streets away in Mazenod Avenue, local Labour party members were listening to speeches by the three candidates vying to be the party’s replacement for Glenda Jackson on the ballot sheet for Hampstead & Kilburn. The heat clearly got to some […]

Seeking the best schnitzel in West Hampstead

I’d just come back from Switzerland where I’d had a really good schnitzel. “I wonder who does the best schnitzel in West Hampstead”, I thought to myself. Suppose I better find out. Then I looked at my waistline and decided I should ask Fiona to find out instead. “I’d agreed to do a West Hampstead […]

Vote for the next Fortune Green film

Everyone agreed that the screening of Back to the Future in June was a huge success, and the Friends of Fortune Green raised enough money that night to put on another bike-powered summer film on Saturday August 31st. Photo via Mark Stonebanks Mark “The Hills are Alive” Stonebanks, chair of the FoFG, is determined that […]

West Hampstead tagged blue

Last week, I saw a link to a set of photos all taken by @UKColin around Maygrove Road and all of a stencil graffiti tag. It was one word: Blue. In blue spray paint of course. Photo via @UKColin Yesterday, I wandered down to see for myself quite the extent of this tagging. It’s in […]

Pavement widened at West Hampstead Square

If you went to the tube station today you’ll have noticed a significant change where the hoardings have been for the past few weeks. The pavement has been widened, a couple of trees and a flower bed have appeared as if by magic, and there’s some large stencil lettering. All this to announce that the […]

What have I missed since July 8th?

A new Overground station will be built next year – read about this and lots more local transport updates (including a fairly definitive answer to whether Boris Bikes will ever make it to West Hampstead). Cllr Tulip Siddiq won the Labour nomination as the party’s candidate for Hampstead & Kilburn in the next general election. […]

What’s with the cucumbers?

[updated: July 16 1pm] [updated: July 18 11am]  [updated July 22 9am]  [updated July 24 9.30am]  [updated July 24 2pm] [updated July 25 9am]  [updated July 28 7pm]  [updated August 5 9.30am]  There’s an old journalist adage: two’s a coincidence, three’s a trend. There’s a cucumber on the platform at West Hampstead Thameslink — Anna […]

The Kids are Alright

Cinema is becoming an increasingly expensive hobby. Add kids to the mix and it can become prohibitively costly. As the summer holidays approach we thought it would be helpful to look at how families can make significant savings on trips to the cinema, as well as highlighting special kids’ screenings both locally and elsewhere. Let’s […]

Competition: Kenwood House concert tickets

LIVE BY THE LAKE, the hotly anticipated series of outdoor summer concerts at Kenwood House, marks the welcome return of the English Heritage concert season. Produced by the young dynamic agency, Rouge Events, Live By The Lake’s outstanding lineup of world class music is scheduled over six days: August 23-25 and August 30-September 1; each […]

New plays and new seating policy at the Tricycle

Indhu Rubasingham, entering her second year as Artistic Director at the Tricycle Theatre, has announced the new season of plays and some changes to the seating policy. The new season opens in September with the UK première of Colman Domingo’s award-winning A Boy and His Soul. This is followed by the world première of Handbagged […]

The Winch got Bare Talent

You all know that we raise money for The Winch. At the last Whampgather all the money we raised from the raffle – which was just shy of £600 – went to support the youth charity’s drama group this term. On Tuesday night I joined the Mayor of Camden, some parents and Winch helpers, and […]

New Overground station to be built next year

At the end of last month, Camden held its annual public meeting on transport issues in the north of the borough for the first time. A good proportion of the questions on the night related to the local area. Overground WHAT (West Hampstead Amenities & Transport) asked for an update on the platform and lifts […]

Russell jumps; Mike is pushed

We’re still a year out from the local elections, but the parties are starting to get their line-ups in order and there are a few changes in the offing. Some forced, some voluntary. Russell Eagling has been one of the three ward councillors for Fortune Green since 2006. But, next year – after eight years […]

What have I missed since July 1st?

Mark Carney, new governor of the Bank of England, will be living in West Hampstead – but he’ll struggle to spend his housing allowance here… even if you call this West Hampstead. Fancy some guerilla gardening? It’s all the rage in Fordwych Road and there’s a talk about it on July 11th. Floral Fordwych Road […]

Whampreview becomes whampdinner

Whampreview is changing. I’ve decided to split our dinner evenings into two. Whampreviews will now be smaller affairs and will focus solely on new restaurants or places with new menus. They will be sporadic and attendance will be by invitation only. What you know today as whampreview – dinners with typically 24 people – will […]

156 West End Lane: empty for three years?

We’ve known for some time that 156 West End Lane – aka “The Travis Perkins building” would be up for sale. Camden council, which owns the site, have decided to sell it to raise money. The council offices that it used to house have been relocated and aside from the ground floor showroom and supplies […]

Juggling tennis and the Jester Festival

Another year, another Jester Festival on Fortune Green. This weekend, West Hampstead’s answer to the village fête, clashes with Wimbledon finals. Still, the forecast is set fair, so tennis fans can plan to come before the matches start, and the rest of you can come later. Perfect. If you needed any more incentive to come […]

Make a wish at the Kilburn Festival

Next Sunday, the Kilburn Festival takes over Kilburn Grange park. One of the more unusual events is called “The Wishing Wall”. It will consist of 100 wooden bubbles displayed in the park. Each bubble will have been written or drawn on by members of the local community expressing a wish for the future. Why 100? […]

Guerilla gardening in Fordwych Road

Residents in the north of West Hampstead may have noticed some lovely flowers popping up around the base of the trees in Fordwych Road. But it’s community spirit that’s also blooming in the NW2/NW6 herbaceous borders. Fordwych Road treepit If this sort of guerilla gardening sounds up your street, or you could see it on […]

Mark Carney’s West Hampstead move

New Bank of England governor Mark Carney will be living in West Hampstead apparently. The Daily Telegraph broke this news, on Canada Day appropriately. Canuck Carney, who’s taken over from Sir Mervyn King as top dog at the bank, is known for his relatively frugal approach to life and it seems he won’t be able […]

What have I missed since June 24th?

Camden’s recycling policies change as of today. Read about the new system, and see where your waste goes. The new Local Policing Model has also come into effect. West Hampstead has two contact points, each open for three hours a week. Remember the fishtank in the O2 that was clogged up with algae? It’s clear […]

‘ello ‘ello What’s going on here?

The saga of the local police stations has dragged on a while but we do at last have some clarity now that the Local Policing Model has been finalised. It came into effect last week. There’s been much publicity over the closure of Hampstead police station but less clarity over what was happening this side […]

All in it together

It, in this case, is your blue bag, green box or green wheelie bin (very soon). Yes, it’s recycling news. Or perhaps that should be news about recycling! New bins, new collection days and new recycling rules – it’s all change for West Hampstead’s eco-warriors as of the start of next week. You should have […]

What have I missed since June 17th?

At a meeting held by Camden’s borough commander, we learned that the West Hampstead police horses will be here for some time to come, but there remained a lack of clarity on the staffing levels of the local Safer Neighbourhood Teams. West Hampstead will have two contact points, however, one on West End Lane and […]

What have I missed since June 10th?

Yet more water disruption. A leak on Greencroft Gardens knocked out water for a few hundred homes on Thursday, and on Saturday there was a major leak on St Cuthbert’s Road. On July 2nd, Thames Water is sending a brave representative to the local Area Action Group meeting. Fortune Green councillor Flick Rea was awarded […]

Think you know your neighbourhood?

Tomorrow (yes, short notice, sorry), the Neighbourhood Development Forum is hosting two walks in the area. The idea is to get people’s reaction to the variation in our built environment. They are free to join – just come along. The first one covers Fortune Green ward and kicks off at 10am outside the Tesco on […]

Stock the shelves at West End Lane Books

Yesterday afternoon, everyone’s favourite independent bookshop tweeted: Bet yr *really* well read! Want to show how clever you are? Send list of fave books & if we like ’em we’ll add shelf with your name & books!— West End Lane Books (@WELBooks) June 13, 2013 What a great idea, I thought. So I asked Danny […]

West Hampstead: Smarter than the average neighbourhood

I’ve already done some analysis of the census results locally, but it’s interesting to see them presented in an easy-to-digest form. Camden produces ward profiles, and although West Hampstead covers more than the West Hampstead and Fortune Green wards, this is a good starting point. What these profiles also give us are the changes from […]

What have I missed since June 3rd?

Developers lost their appeal against Camden’s rejection of a 27 unit proposal for Gondar Gardens. What was the outcome of #whampforum? Full write-up and handy factsheet here. View from the top of the student building on Blackburn Road(via @WHampsteadNDF) The O2 centre assured us that the fish in the tanks were fine and that the […]

Whampforum: The people speak

On May 21st, more than 30 locals gathered to discuss a range of issues along with James Earl, chair of the Neighbourhood Development Forum (NDF), Cllr Flick Rea, and me. Parking, development, shops; all came under scrutiny. The topics are ones we are used to hearing about but the audience wasn’t the usual suspects. This […]

Moral dilemmas in NW6

A true short story by @UKColin I’ve fallen for my share of scam artists who approach with a sob story about needing bus or train fare to visit a sick relative, or because they’ve been mugged, or their car has broken down. On Saturday night, a man in a blue baseball cap approached me outside […]

Gondar Gardens: Second appeal rejected

This morning I heard that the verdict of the Planning Inspector was finally in on Linden Wates’ second appeal. To recap very quickly: Scheme #1: 16 large houses in the middle of the to-be-excavated reservoir space, mostly below ground level; major loss of open space and major impact on wildlife; low impact on street frontage; […]

Paramount scoops national award

There are a lot of estate agents in West Hampstead. This is a truth universally acknowledged. However, as anyone who’s sat through Avatar will testify, quantity doesn’t always equal quality. It is, therefore, refreshing to report when one of our esteemed agents does well. Even more so when it’s not one of the larger chains, […]

What have I missed since May 27th?

The website for West Hampstead Square, the new development opposite the tube, went live as the marketing suite was assembled. There was a tremendous turnout for the free outdoor screening of Back to the Future on Saturday night. More than 200 people brought their picnics and watched Michael J Fox navigate the 1950s. Tim Sommer, […]

West Hampstead Square

Today marks the end of an era. The building site where 187-199 West End Lane stood must, I think, be now known as West Hampstead Square. The marketing suite is being dropped into place, and the development’s website whsquare.com is live so you can register your interest in the flats. No word on pricing yet, […]

NW6 Film Club: Once more unto the breach

A slightly different tack for June’s NW6 Film Club – and a discount price! The Tricycle is one of the cinemas that’s teamed up with the Globe Theatre to show three productions from last year’s season at the open-air theatre on the South Bank. First up is perennial crowd-pleaser Henry V, on Sunday June 9th. […]

Back to the Future on Fortune Green

This Saturday, the Friends of Fortune Green will pick up where they left off last summer with the first outdoor film screening of the year. Powered by bike (not DeLorean). If you didn’t come to these last year, they were a great success. The premise is simple: a large screen is put up on Fortune […]

What have I missed since May 20th?

Lib Dem worthy James King wrote about the closure of Kilburn’s Citizens Advice Bureau. There was a great turnout for #whampforum as we filled the Den at the Alice House. The conversation was lively – a full report to follow. Photo via @anthonymroberts West Hampstead will get free Wifi – but not for a while […]

West Hampstead at the back of the WiFi queue

Back in July 2012 Camden dangled a digital carrot under the noses of those in the more populated areas of the borough: free public WiFi. However, it was unclear exactly which areas would benefit and when the initiative would go ahead. The service has now been approved and will start rolling out from June 1st, […]

What have I missed since May 13th?

There’s a third name in the hat for the Labour nomination for Hampstead & Kilburn. Meanwhile, could Swiss Cottage ward councillor Don Williams be heading for Westminster (North)? If you’ve never been to the (gents) toilet by West End Green, now you can see what you’ve been, er, missing (winner of oddest video of the […]