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100 Avenue Road Update

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Following the report in our recent newsletter we can now confirm the appeal by Swiss Cottage tower developer Essential Living has been rejected by the planning inspector. The inspector, Tom Gilbert-Wooldridge, rejected the appeal following an inquiry held 9-12 November 2021. Tom Gilbert-Wooldridge refused Essential Living’s attempt to renege on the 100 Avenue Road affordable housing agreement.

The inspector said, "The appellant claims to be stuck between not being able to sell the site or deliver the development as consented with its various planning benefits… However, I have not been persuaded that the financial position of the appellant means that the only option is the proposed modification to the S106 agreement… While a realistic alternative use value for the site may be lacking, this does not undermine the prospect that another residential-led scheme could be delivered on this site, particularly given the site’s urban location next to a London underground station.”

Janine Sachs of Save Swiss Cottage said, "We can't say what Essential Living will do next, but given the revelation during the appeal of their considerable deficit, it's hard to imagine how they will continue.” There has been no work on the site since mid-2020. Essential Living is now facing a massive £70million deficit over the project.

If Essential Living should go ahead with the project the developer must provide the full amount of affordable housing that they agreed to provide in the original proposals – namely, 28 Affordable Rent units, 8 Intermediate Housing units, and 18 Discounted Market Rent units for a minimum of 15 years post completion.

Belsize Baroque Concert, Sunday 23 January 2022

St Peter's Church Belsize Square
Concert of colourful music featuring Handel, Albinoni and Graupner
Door time: 6:00pm, Start time: 6:30pm
Tickets £15

Belsize Winter Lights

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There was an excellent turn out for the carols on Saturday 18 December with a keen group of young children leading the singing.

PLEASE make a donation to the winter lights. The Belsize Village lights are not provided free! We all benefit from the lights at this time of year. Kindly scroll to the bottom of this page to make your donation.

Winter lights belsize Village

Village Lights and Summer Flowers – YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

On behalf of the Belsize Village Association Angela King of Heywoods Estate Agents collects the donations and organises the winter lights & flowers as well as the installation every year.

Donations Please – Drop Cash or Cheques in to
Heywoods Estate Agents 27 Belsize Lane - NW3 5AS
(Cheques payable to Heywoods Estate Agents attn Angela King)
For online donations please scroll down to bottom of this page

With many thanks to the organisers

September 2021: Mayoral visit to Belsize Village

The Mayor of Camden visited Belsize Village as part of her efforts to support small business in Camden. The Belsize Village Streatery, which attracted the Mayor’s visit, holds a special place as the first alfresco dining event after Lockdown 1. It inspired the Streatery/al fresco movement across London and beyond. Notably, according to Cllr Oliver Cooper (Hampstead Town) the beautiful streateries in Sloane Square and Duke of York Square in Chelsea were directly modelled after the Belsize Streatery.

Mayoral visit

Mr Khan of Pyramid Dry Cleaners, Belsize Village Business Association (BVBA) co-coordinator Robert Stephenson-Padron of Penrose Care, Perkin’s / Pyramid Dry Cleaners manager Mr Rahman, Mayor of Camden Sabrina Francis, Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant for Camden Roxane Zand, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Camden Cllr Adam Harrison

Following the visit, Cllr Adam Harrison said: “Lots of people out in the amazing Belsize Streatery this afternoon. Mayor of Camden Sabrina Francis visited, highlighting the importance of supporting hospitality and independent businesses and helping them recover. In The Square local magazine has also just launched.”⁣

And Cllr Anne Clarke AM said: “Beautiful day for it! Wonderful to see the excellent streatery doing so well! Thanks for all your hard work.”

Mayoral Visit Belsize 9.21

BVBA gardening volunteer Luisa Vasquez / Louise Lawson, BVBA co-coordinator Aya Khazaal of Pivoine Nail Spa, BVBA head of gardening Jane Lyons, Mayor of Camden Sabrina Francis, BVBA co-coordinator Robert Stephenson-Padron of Penrose Care, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Camden Cllr Adam Harrison, Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant for Camden Roxane Zand.

First edition of In the Square magazine launches

In the Square

September 2021 and magazine editor Nikki Manasseh launches the first-ever printed magazine for the Greater Belsize area, featuring local people and businesses with stories to tell and wisdom and joy to share. The first issue of In the Square introduces some of our community heroes, upcoming events, places to dine, and things to buy offline.

interviews with celebrated artists, daring designers, a psychologist with a powerful message and a resident who never knew he was making history with his universal tech invention. Producing this magazine has shown how much locals love living and working in this part of London that is so keenly connected to its history and yet regenerating too.

Pret a Manger is expanding

Pret a Manger

Pret a Manger is here in Belsize Park. The company said it is drawing up plans to open about 100 franchised outlets – restaurants that will be run by independent operators on its behalf – over the next two to three years. The move follows the launch this year of a partnership with Tesco to trial Pret shops inside Tesco branches in Kensington in west London and other locations as part of a shake-up of its business model after the pandemic.

A Pret spokesperson said: “In some areas such as regional towns and parts of northern England, our shops are busier than they have ever been… We’re looking to establish new partnerships with franchise partners to bring Pret to more people in towns and travel hubs across the UK, and we’re also looking at where we can open more shops which we run directly.” Read more here

August: The Ancient Belsize Mulberry tree

The Ancient Mulberry tree on the corner of Belsize Terrace looks very sad this year. Following consultation with a Mulberry tree expert this is due to the exceptional weather so far in 2021. The tree has suffered from a hot spring which probably affected its fruit development. This was compounded by an extremely wet July with the leaves not drying out, developing spots and bacterial blight. Apparently other ancient Mulberry trees are similarly affected. Hopefully the tree will return to normal next year.

Abacus Belsize Primary School News

Haverstock School

The Ham&High reports that Haverstock School is in discussions with the Department for Education and Abacus Belsize Primary School over a deal which would see the Free School move onto the Haverstock site. Abacus has lacked a permanent home since its founding in September 2013. A Camden Council spokesperson said the aim is to have the new site ready for the 2022/23 school year. More details here and also read about Abacus here

The Belsize Village Streatery – 2021

Belsize Village Streatery

Belsize Village locals are now enjoying the reopened streatery, especially with the arrival of the warmer weather. Camden Council conducted a survey on local streateries. The Councill survey reported that out of the 416 respondents 381 (91.5%) supported the Belsize Village Streatery.

News: 20 March 2021

Mrs Beechey restored

The Belsize Village Bambi artwork has been restored. Belsize Village Business Association’s volunteer project foreman and local resident Richard Lagani restored the artwork originally created by street artist Bambi in 2010. Since then the artwork had become mired with mould that had overtaken it and the original perspex had been badly damaged. Richard Lagani removed the mould and replaced the perspex restoring it to its former glory. Read the full story

Pears Building on Hampstead Green – Update 2021

Pears Building 2021

Philippa Hutchinson, Interim head of communications, Royal Free Charity reports that as part of the works Camden Council is planning to start work on the Hampstead Green footpath in February 2021. Works are expected to take about eight weeks and the footpath will be closed during this period. This will affect pedestrian access to the hospital from Haverstock Hill. The trust is discussing with the council appropriate signage to divert pedestrians.

Despite slight delays caused by pandemic restrictions, the building is on track to be completed and handed over in the spring to the three organisations which will occupy it. The work will include the new car park.

The charity, the trust and UCL communications teams have discussed the details of future communication plans with the community. We are looking at having a two-stage opening process. A virtual event later this year and an on-site event next year. We are also planning to commission a "virtual tour" of the building as well as look at ways to facilitate virtual and later in-person interactions between the researchers and the community.

January 2021: Stop the Haverstock Hill Cycle Lanes Crowd Justice Campaign February update: Haverstock Hill Cycle Lanes plan dropped by Camden Council

Due to a minor technical error, Camden Council has stated that it is looking at the plans for Haverstock Hill again. The plan was to remove all parking bays along a mile of Haverstock Hill and replace them with two cycle lanes – without any consultation. Businesses said this will force them to close, and older and disabled residents have said this would have a deleterious impact on them. Camden Council did this without any consultation – and tried to cover it up until the decision is made. Read more here

Amit Shah is requesting your urgent support. He is a Local resident who lives on Haverstock Hill, works in the area, supports local businesses, and has a strong sense of community spirit. Please Pledge your Support.
More on the update here

Cycle Lane Haverstock Hill

November 2020: Haverstock Hill Cycle Lanes

The Haverstock Hill cycle route will see parking spaces removed from a stretch of the road running from Pond Street to Prince of Wales Road. Read more here

November 2000: New shop in the Village

Belsize Organic

The former Oddbins and Sylvester Fine Art premises located on the corner of Belsize Crescent is to become an organic food store. The shop is due to open during the week of 23 November. The store is owned by Alper Kocer who has two other organic shops, one in Highgate and the other in Gospel Oak.

Belsize Village Streatery – Update 2021

Following overwhelming support from the local community the Belsize Village Streatery licence has been renewed and plans to relaunch on April 13, 2021. Robert Stephenson-Padron said: “We are overjoyed to be able to continue providing amazing food and superb service to local residents and visitors.” The licence also includes permission for environmentally-friendly electric heaters to be installed,

Belsize Village Streatery 7.20

The Belsize Village Streatery operated over the summer of 2020, and helped keep our local restaurants and cafés open in the Village. The arrangement was agreed for the paved area of the Village for the summer months for external restaurant dining. This agreement enabled local restauranteurs and café owners to place socially-distanced tables and chairs in the square.

September 2020: New book on Belsize Park's local history

The Harlots of Haverstock Hill
'Moll' King and her Belsize Houses

ull details here
Plus – Dame Janet Suzman brings 'Moll' King to life as she reads excerpts from the book

Belsize Remembered

BELSIZE Remembered is a collection of memories of life past and present in Belsize Park.

These reminiscences capture the flavour of what old hands and relative newcomers relish about where they live. Fully illustrated with contemporary and archival images, this book presents more than ninety chronicles from Belsize residents revisiting old experiences and feelings. Over 200 pages illustrated in colour.

Read the review by Dan Carrier, Camden New Journal

Read more about the book here

See photographs of the launch celebration here

BELSIZE Remembered is available from Daunt Books and Waterstone's Hampstead

Sir Derek Jacobi reads extracts from BELSIZE Remembered – watch video here

October 2020: Entrepreneur injects new lease of life into
the Belsize Community Library

700 libraries have closed over the past decade, a figure that will be dwarfed by the loss caused by COVID-19. It was reported that library footfall in September was only at 20 per cent of last year's levels. Simon Squibb, serial entrepreneur and founder of The Purposeful Project, is launching a one-of-a-kind initiative to save the UK’s libraries from collapse post-COVID, starting with his local centre, Belsize Community Library. The project launches on the 8 October.
Read the Press Release


Winter Lights 2021

Belsize Lights
Village Lights and Summer Flowers

The spring/summer flowers aren't provided free
On behalf of the Belsize Village Association Angela King of Heywoods Estate Agents collects the donations and organises the winter lights & flowers as well as the installation every year.

Donations Please – Drop Cash or Cheques in to
Heywoods Estate Agents 27 Belsize Lane - NW3 5AS
(Cheques payable to Heywoods Estate Agents attn Angela King)
Or donate via credit card through PayPal

With many thanks to the organisers


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Pear Building Garden

Pear Building Garden

Campaign to Free Nazanin Ratcliffe. At 4,500,000 signatures this petition becomes one of the top signed on

October 2021

Royal Free Music Society

You are invited to join the Royal Free Music Society Choir
More info

September 2021

Pear Building Garden

The Royal Free Charity is seeking sponsorship for the new garden to grace the front of the Pears building on the green – more info

March 2021

Fruit stall

New fruit and veg stall on Haverstock Hill outside the BP filling station – picture

Spring 2021

Wellies project

Daffodils in wellies – read more

February 2021

Belsize Kitchen

Crepes prepeared to order are now available in Belsize Kitchen.

January 2021

Fouad Halawi

Digital marketing agency recently founded by Belsize Park resident Fouad Halawi – read full story

November 2020

The Abacus PTA Auction is now open: Supported by Linda and Malcolm Grove, please support the Belsize Community Primary School – one of the outstanding schools in Camden – visit here

October 2020

Piano lessons

Local Piano Teacher and Accompanist Aryaman Natt teaches students of all ages and is offering piano lessons to those wishing to join his growing studio. Read more here

September 2020


You are invited to play 5-a-side football at Swiss Cottage. Some experience or skill preferred but not required. All equipment is provided, players just need trainers or astroturf boots. Wednesdays, 7:00pm, details here.

September 2020

New Book: The Harlots of Haverstock Hill
this September
Full details

March 2019
The Belsize Society Formed

Chesneys showroom
147 Haverstock Hill


The scale of the new showroom enables Chesneys to showcase its new fireplaces.

Hollyhocks on Belsize Lane

Read about the Washington Cricket Club
full news item here >

Basements in the Hampstead/Belsize area

And read more about basements here >

Cleaner Streets for Belsize Residents
Mark Hunt, Head of Camden Environmental Services, is providing more litter bins in Belsize, but all we have to help to keep our area clean and tidy.
Read about the new plans >

Juice bar
Popular Juice Bar run by Coach in Thornton's Budgens
Read more >


Female swimmers go for freezing swim in
Hampstead Heath
bathing pond in 1931

watch film >

Borough Kitchen NW3
Borough Kitchen
1 Hampstead High Street

Essential viewing:

Millionaire Basement Wars
BBC iPlayer
View clip here...

The application to build a mega basement to extend Grove Lodge in Admiral’s Walk has been withdrawn

Grow London

In a glorious setting on Hampstead Heath, GROW London welcomed thousands of visitors, all seeking the very best in stylish garden furniture, interesting and unusual plants and handcrafted tools, pots and planters.

Village Flowers

Village Flowers