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Eduardo Paolozzi

New Exhibition at Sylvester Fine Art starting 15 April

The Work of Eduardo Paolozzi

Eduardo Paolozzi – The Grandfather of Pop Art comes to Sylvester Fine Art. The show will comprise more than 50 pieces showcasing the work of this remarkable and important artist.

Saturday 15 April marks the opening day of the latest dedicated exhibition at Sylvester Fine Art, the work of Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi. As the Whitechapel Gallery points out, whilst hosting a successful retrospective of the artist’s work, Paolozzi was one of the most innovative and irreverent artists of the 20th century. Read more >

Little Hands Design fashion shoot

Little Hands Design

Children and teens alike braved the cold on a bright Sunday morning in January this year to model their handiwork which they made in their classes at Little Hands Design.

The fashion shoot provided the students of fashion the full fashion shoot experience, including hair, makeup, and the opportunity to shoot photos and adjust the lighting themselves, just like professional fashion photographers.

In addition to sewing the clothes they were modeling themselves, the students also learned new skills at the Belsize fashion shoot.

Read more >

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. Anyone wishing to help brighten up our local pavements please contact David Percy or Linda Grove on 07770 507 383.
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

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 >

XUL Architecture

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 2016

100 Avenue Road

100 Avenue Road latest March 2017

Essential Living, apparently in breach of safety requirements applied by the Secretary of State, is now attempting to demolish the existing building before all its foundation plans are complete, in place and approved by London Underground Ltd.
There is a three-year deadline before the planning permission for this construction expires. However...

Artist's impression of new building
Read more here >

Nurul Islam

Belsize Park Newspaper Seller's Kiosk Saved

Nurul Islam celebrates at his Belsize Park kiosk. The popular vendor who runs the Belsize Park newspaper kiosk thanked his customers for pressuring Camden Council into doing a u-turn over the rent hike which threatened his business.

Nurul Islam had said he would no longer be able to run the business after the council doubled his rent. He would have been forced to shut down the kiosk he has run outside Belsize Park Tube Station for 13 years. Full story >

New 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

Proposed Cycle Superhighway Swiss Cottage

Massive turnout for the public meeting
held at St Stephens`
Rosslyn Hill

The planned cycle superhighway will permanently affect access to Swiss Cottage, Regents Park and the West End.
We will no longer be able to drive into the upper part of Avenue Road from Fitzjohn’s Avenue, or be able to drive into Regents Park other than between 11am and 3pm
read more >

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 >

B May
Brian May

Save AIR Studios

The petition has over 10,000 signatures and is
supported by Hans Zimmer and Brian May details here >

LATEST on AIR STUDIOS full story >

Since the original petition the applicants for the basement development have submitted amended plans and Camden has sent out letters of consultation on these amended plans. This amended application does not remove the massive basement which they still wish to construct. It is the noise from the building of the basement which would have the most impact on studio next door. Read more >

Composer and conductor Gavin Greenaway says it is sheer folly to excavate near Air Studios. Read his letter to the editor of the Camden New Journal >

Air Studios

AIR Studios relocated in 1992 to the beautiful Lyndhurst Hall on the corner of Rosslyn Hill and Lyndhurst Road and named it AIR Lyndhurst. Due to the potential disruption form building/ basement pool work next door AIR Studios may have to close for six months and may never reopen. So the studio has hired top lawyer David Cooper who has sent an official letter of objection to Camden.
Read the full story and appeal here >

100 Avenue Road Appeal: The Planning Inspector has now sent his recommendation to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Important new information, read more 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
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 LightsVillage 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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The Juniper Tree organic British Kitchen 72 Belsize Lane now open – read more here about the restaurant

M Rothenstein
The work of Michael Rothenstein from 12 November 2016

The youngest son of the celebrated artist Sir William Rothenstein, Hampstead-born Rothenstein is considered to be one of the most experimental British graphic artists of the 20th century.

Sylvester Fine Art
Belsize Village

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

Tanya Florist
Florist Tanya outside
Budgens is now open

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

Sadiq Khan urges HS2 to think again about a Euston terminus
Read full story >

Athlone House
High Court Decision saves Hampstead Heath’s Historic Athlone House

Read full story >

Basements in the Hampstead/Belsize area

And read more about basements here >

100 Avenue Road Proposed Development
Read details 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 >

Video presentation attacks smokers' habit

Belsize Resident wants 'no ifs, no butts’ in clean up outside the Royal Free Hospital
Read full article >

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