Pears Building on Hampstead Green 2020
The Immunological Building for the Royal Free under construction in 2020
The exterior building work is now at an advanced stage, although the scaffolding is yet to be removed. Some delays have been incurred by the pandemic, nevertheless installation of the windows is complete, with the brickwork and exterior due to be finished shortly. All the flooring is now installed and interior fitting out is now well underway.
Springtime in Belsize Avenue, 2020
Village Lights and Summer Flowers
YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
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 and 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)
April 2020: Royal Free Nurses' Garden
The relaxing garden fully dedicated to the Royal Free Hospital nurses and staff, Spring 2020 – photo Linda Grove – read more about the garden volunteers here with 2019 photos
November 2019: St Peter’s Belsize Square clock beautifully restored in time to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the opening of the church.
November 2019: Charro de Rio restaurant opens
Charro de Rio is located where the Italian restaurant Artigiano used to be in the Village. This restaurant is a very different experience. The menu comprises all you can eat BBQ meat, fish and salads for a set price. They can provide a vegetarian meal, and there's a BBQ fish option (which requires preordering).
The BBQ offerings range from chicken prepared in various ways to beef prime cuts, steaks, ribs, sausages, leg of lamb and lamb fillets. All this is supported by a wondrous variety of salads. There is a excellent selection of wines and tempting deserts. A fun experience – especially for a large groups of six or more.
Calici opens in Belsize Village: launch party held in October 2019
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.
June 2019: New arrival in Belsize Village
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
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
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
YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
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
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.
Michael Jampel, Neil Harris and Parbhat Vase celebrate the new Belsize Society
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
Bluebells outside The Tavistock Centre 120 Belsize Lane
Cheering up 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 >
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 >
Construction underway on 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.
Artist'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
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
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
FOR THE RETAIL SECTION OF BELSIZE VILLAGE THE DAILY COLLECTION TIME IN THE MORNING IS BETWEEN 10AM-12PM
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.
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.
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.
Chatting to artist Alan Lancaster In the Village
Want to know more about Belsize Park?
The two films about Belsize Park are now free
to view in full onlinehere
And the documentary on Hampstead Garden Suburb celebrating the story
of one of the first garden suburbs is also available to view here
"My Partner and I just watched volume 1 of The Besize Story – what a delight this was! We wanted to thank Mr Percy and we hope this note can be shared with him.
"The documentary gives a wonderful account of the history of the village, its architecture, its shops and its residents and community. It is very informative and engaging with as a bonus Fiona Bruce’s voice (excellent choice). Having lived in the Belsize Village and enjoyed its neighbourhood for over 15 years, the movies only reinforces how beautiful Belsize Park is and how privileged we are to reside in this part of London."
– W and R, Belsize Village residents