Our top ten things to do lists are proving popular but new things are coming in all the time. In fact there is so much happening in and around West Hampstead next weekend we felt it was worth a mini-article of it’s own!
If it is architecture you are after it is Open House weekend. Your chance to visit great architecture across London. Locally there is the chance to go inside a couple of flats on the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate. But there is so much else to explore – search the site for yourselves. Or if you are planning to ‘do’ Open House they have a useful app. Last year there were 250,000 visits!
Looking for something sporty? Well arm-chair sporty. It’s (West) Hampstead Cricket Clubs annual celebrity match , organised by actor and cricket fanatic Jim Carter. Gates open at 12:45 with the match starting at 1:30 (ends around 6pm). Be bowled over by Emma Thompson’s performance – she is bowling the first ball.
Look for something literary? It’s the Ham & High Literary Festival at JW3 . There is a whole host of things from the 14th to the 18th but the main day is Sunday 17th. We’d like to her Claire Tomalin talk about her autobiography. But there is much else on.
And even the littler literary residents of West Hampstead don’t get left out! Local author (yes, another one..) Jeff Norton is launching kid’s picture book Stomp School at WELBooks at 4pm. If you want to go though please let WELBooks know. If you ain’t on the list you ain’t gettin’ in.
Looking for something arty? It’s the final weekend of the Daniel Richter exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre. If you haven’t seen it and you like contemporary painting it’s a must. (And welcome to Martin Clark, who took over running the centre from Jenni Lomax, who stepped down after 25 years). Or a bit closer to home Hannah Lees is turning ‘Existence into it’s Opposite’ down at the Kingsgate Workshops Project Space.
Something a bit more ‘left field’ and further afield; Selfridges is running an art project/charity shop by American artist Miranda July. It’s running to October 21st so not hurry but we think it sounds cool.
And finally, over the ‘other’ NW6 it’s Queen’s Park day. I know, I know it’s the ‘other’ side of the KHR but still we like Queen’s Park and it’s always a great day.
It’s a pint at the next Whampgather if anyone manages to fit these all it (with photographic proof) – all on one day in Whampstead.