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Calici opens in Belsize Village: launch party was on 2nd October


Tapping into the casual dining scene, Calici offers a new laid-back location coupled with a sleek wine bar located in the front of house. The offerings include classic regional small plates, while pasta makes up a large portion of the menu. There are fish, meat and vegetarian dishes, summer salads, and homemade bread. Desserts include homemade gelato, tiramisu, panna cotta, and orange cake made with almond flour and polenta. With its fresh, clean decor Calici is an excellent addition to dining in the Village.

A Soirée of French Music, Art and Fashion
Sunday 13 October 2019, 7pm
Debussy and Chaminade meet Art and Fashion from Paris
Burgh House & Hampstead Museum New End Square NW3 – full details here

June 2019: New arrival in Belsize Village

Bourne's Belsize Village

Bourne's Belsize Village
Linda Grove

Bourne’s Fishmongers and Fish Bar has just opened in Belsize Village. A premium fishmonger that welcomes everyone with a smile. Their friendly and knowledgeable service offers fish from sustainable sources. Headed up by Lee Bourne and John Long, this is their second venture after opening their Highbury branch. They aim to source all their fish directly from the coast and specialise in providing south coast and Cornish landings. Wonderful for an evening fish meal in the licensed bar and a marvelous addition to the Village!

April 2019: Sky Cyclists in the Village

Sky TV

Filming took place in the sunshine on Belsize Terrace on Friday 5 April. This shoot was for a TV commercial for Sky TV. There were approximately 50 crew members on site during the shoot and plenty of film equipment was in evidence with the crew based on the piazza from where the cyclists set off.

April/May 2019: Royal Free Garden

Planting 2019

Charlotte Gascoigne (in the autumn-coloured jacket with local volunteers) researched the plants that would best grow beneath the trees on Pond Street. The land is owned by Camden but the plants are sponsored by the Charity for the Royal Free Hospital. These garden volunteers have bonded as friends following three years of dedicated work. The garden provides much pleasure to all who pass by on Pond Street.

RFH nurses need you! – please help support a much-needed project

Jane and Linda are seeking donations towards the creation of a relaxing garden fully dedicated to Royal Free Hospital staff. Even if you can only spare a few pennies it will all help towards completing the garden – they need to raise £3500. Volunteers are offering their time and skill to help achieve this target. They have already received £1200 in donations – read more here with photos

Belsize Village Flower Baskets
Please help by contributing towards the cost of the flower baskets

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 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)

March 2019: The Belsize Society formed

The Belsize Residents Association announces a major change to the association. At this year's Annual General Meeting of the Belsize Residents Association held on 10 March, members agreed that officially the association would now become a registered charity. The association passed a motion to dissolve the old BRA and adopt the new charity. The new entity is to be known as The Belsize Society.

Belsize Society
Michael Jampel, Neil Harris and Parbhat Vase celebrate the new Belsize Society

Artigiano Restaurant closure


March 2019: Artigiano restaurant in Belsize Village, along with the adjoining coffee shop La Paletta, has had to close as apparently the rent demands had become so high the business was no longer viable. A spokesperson for the group said that together with increased food supply costs it had become impossible to continue to make a profit. Word is the landlord is now actively seeking a replacement tenant, a restaurant, and ideally an Italian restaurant. That would be good news for the Village.

Pears building on Hampstead Green

Paers Building 6.19
The construction site has been transformed as the emerging building takes up much of the available space. The construction company says that as the halfway point approaches building the institute’s new home has almost reached the halfway point, which means that it is on schedule.

Latest update and report on the Immunological Building for the Royal Free
details here

Nazanin Garden
Nazanin's Garden photo: Linda Grove

Nazanin's news

Nazanin Ratcliffe is a local resident who has been held in the notorious Evin Jail in Iran for two years, she was taken by the authorities when she was visiting her family on her way home to London.

March 2019: Nazanin's case will now become a formal legal dispute between Britain and Iran.

Local residents and the Ham&High have been supporting the campaign to get Nazanin released, with her four-year old daughter, Gabriella, who is being looked after by her Iranian Grandparents in Iran.
Nazanin was allowed home for three days to be with her family but was taken back to the Tehran jail on Sunday 26 August 2018 and was rushed to a prison clinic after falling unconscious. Read the full story with pictures here

Tish on Haverstock Hill

The new Tish restaurant on Haverstock Hill offers European cuisine featuring heritage family favourites. contemporary dishes and Jewish classics are on offer in the comfort of the large dining room, as well as in the bar and the alfresco terrace.

The main bar provides a setting in which to enjoy fruit juices squeezed to order and coffees alongside a variety of cakes. Or you can enjoy a drink on the large pavement terrace with cocktails and a selection of small plates.


Cycle HighwayArtist's impression of the proposed scheme

Cycle Superhighway (CS11) Swiss Cottage

Work was cheduled to commence in
July 2018 – start now delayed pending judicial review

Work was due to start along the Finchley Road and the junction with College Crescent/Avenue Road from August 2018.
The planned cycle superhighway will permanently affect access to Swiss Cottage, Regents Park and the West End.
read more

Two Blue Plaques unveiled, one at No.4 Downside Crescent
and the other for the Isokon designers, June/July 2018

Read full stories here

Springtime in Belsize 2018

Bluebells outside The Tavistock Centre 120 Belsize Lane

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.

Good news – it has become necessary to reprint more copies. The publishers intend to ensure that the book remains in print for others to enjoy. The 2018 reprint is partly funded by the surplus from the initial print run together with top-up sponsorship from Knight Frank, Belsize Park.

BELSIZE Remembered is available from Daunt Books and Waterstone's Hampstead
Read more about the book here See photographs of the launch celebration here

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

Cheering up Haverstock Hill
Springtime Haverstock Hill
Springtime on Haverstock Hill, 2017

Following on from the success of the Pond Street Gardening Project volunteers have planed bulbs and flowers around the trees on the west side of Haverstock Hill (near the Everyman and Thornton's Budgens). Camden Council agreed to provide soil for the planting. A group of enthusiasts ensured that Pond Street was also planted with shrubs and covered in daffs for the Spring.
A group of Korean tourists helped to plant the area outside the Royal Free
read more >
Read the original idea for Haverstock Hill >

Royal Free Garden Team
photo: Linda Grove

Volunteers of the Royal Free Charity are raising funds to continue to transform the outlying areas of the Royal Free from the previously abandoned litter-covered patches into beautiful flowery gardens. Please support this ongoing work by visiting their JustGiving page here >

Ergotec Health

Join the Belsize Community Choir
It is inclusive, fun and non-auditioned, the first week is free
plus a glass of wine during the break! learn more >
New term commenced in September 2018

Construction underway on Haverstock Hill

Haverstock Hill
Artist's impression of new building

Planning permission has been granted for the erection of a five-story building plus basement near Belsize Park Underground station. The scheme will create retail space at ground and basement levels and five self-contained flats from first to fourth floor level following demolition of the previous single-storey building. Architects: Squire & Partners.

Cycle HighwayArtist's impression of the proposed scheme

Cycle Superhighway Swiss Cottage

Massive turnout for the public meeting
held at St Stephen's Rosslyn Hill

The planned cycle superhighway will permanently affect access to Swiss Cottage, Regents Park and the West End. Work wil start along the Finchley Road and the junction with College Crescent/Avenue Road from August 2018.

We will no longer be able to drive into the upper part of Avenue Road from Fitzjohn’s Avenue,
read more here

TfL Meeting

A consultation sets out TfL's proposals for a route from Swiss Cottage southwards, along Avenue Road, the Outer Circle of The Regent’s Park, Park Crescent and Portland Place. Full details here >

Please help to keep our Village and the local area tidy

Bin that Butt!

The Retail section of Belsize Village
Camden council wishes to remind us that the retail section of the village and the flats above the shops have daily morning collections.
For retail premises in the daily collection area you may put out your waste between 8am-9.30am.
Waste should not be presented before 8am or after 10am. To use these daily collections you must be a customer of Camden’s Business Waste Service.
If you are a resident who lives in a flat above a shop you may put out your waste between 7am-9.30am

The Residential part of Belsize Village
If you live in the residential section of the Village (other than retail premises or a flat above a shop in Belsize Lane, Belsize Mews, Belsize Place, Princess Mews, Belsize Crescent) the day for your refuse collection is TUESDAY and your waste must be presented neatly and secured for collection from 7am onwards on your collection day. Everyone is requested to please store their refuse in bins – or in your property – on non-collection days. This will prevent foxes from opening up bags on the street. More details >

Charlotte Gascoigne and Linda Grove are looking for local folk to join them to help improve our public spaces in NW3, so if you would like to get involved, starting with the gardens in Pond Street in front of the Royal Free, then please send them an email.
There is no requirement to be a fantastic gardener, just someone who appreciates our lovely location and wants to help to improve and preserve it.
The Peace garden in South Hill Park has been an inspiration, and we are fully aware that by being involved in community projects like this brings our neighbourhood closer together, creating a place where we want all to live, So come on, get those marigolds on and join them! – contact Charlotte and Linda.

Admiral Property

Village Flowers in full bloom 2017
The flowers along Belsize Lane were extended last
summer, with an additional six baskets along Belsize Lane down to McCrone Mews, a basket on the lower lamppost on Belsize Crescent, and one opposite the entrance to Belsize Court Garages – they look really lovely.

..... Flowers in Belsize Village

These flowers are organised by Angela King of Heywoods, Angela says: "It obviously costs us more money to do this, so I would be most grateful for any further donations that our local residents may like to make to help with the annual flowers, as well as our Xmas lights. I have the baskets changed twice annually, so we have a spring/summer show and an autumn/winter show – they are maintained weekly too." Donation information is below.

Artist Belsize Village
Chatting to artist Alan Lancaster In the Village

Want to know more about Belsize Park?

Belsize Story Films

The two films about Belsize Park are now free
to view in full online
And the documentary on Hampstead Garden Suburb celebrating the story
of one of the first garden suburbs is also available to view here

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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September 2019
Dignity in Dying meeting was held at Steele’s Pub Haverstock Hill on 2 September

News details here

July 2019
The Case for Abacus Belsize Primary School

May 2019
Royal Free Hospital Garden for nurses and staff

January 2019
NW3 Interiors
story with pictures

March 2019
The Belsize Society formed

A new book club is starting in 2019 on Glenloch Road
The first title will be Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Full details here

November 2018
Oliver Yu Chan has an outdoor exhibition on the Royal Free hoarding Hampstead Green

October 2018 Action required to save the green space behind 100 Avenue Road – details

October 2018 –
Air Studios sold to a Russian Tycoon

Abacus's plans for the
old Hampstead police station – details

Volunteers needed to help with the Pond Street gardens

Anyone is welcome – even if you are not a gardener. We are looking for people who are handy to help create this community space. More info here
The group meets on Saturday mornings and one morning a week during the summer.
We particularly need some folk for lifting and other heavier tasks. A really good way to get fit and meet neighbours! – Contact Linda Grove

Chesneys showroom
147 Haverstock Hill


The scale of the new showroom enables Chesneys to showcase its new fireplaces, There will also be a large outdoor terrace where the barbecues will be located, often being used for clients to see the products in different cooking and heating modes.

Hollyhocks on Belsize Lane

Read about the Washington Cricket Club
full news item here >

Proposed Development
100 Avenue Road

Read details here >

A new association called
The Belsize Business Group
has just been formed More info >

Tanya Florist
Florist Tanya outside

Beautiful fresh flowers everyday! Tanya offers seasonal flowers in bunches and classic hand-tied bouquets.

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

Threat to St Stephen's
There are grounds for a Judicial Review

Read the news here...

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