COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Camden Council web portal
A useful portal is the Camden Council website. This provides information on local libraries, resident's parking permits, council tax, local schools, leisure centres and many other local resources.

Useful local telephone numbers


Emergencies: 999

Safer Neighbourhood Team (local police):

020 8721 2779 or 020 8733 6601

(they welcome all residents' input about issues which are appropriate for our local police team's involvement)

Graffiti removal: 020 7974 6914 or 020 7974 6915

Noise nuisance: 020 7974 2090

Noise nuisance (late night: Fri/Sat. 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.): 020 7974 6955

Refuse collection (e.g. large bulky items which don't fit in the bin, or refuse on the pavement which has been dumped in an inappropriate place): 020 7974 6915

Faulty street lighting: 020 7974 8922 or 020 7974 8929

Complaints about any matters in our local environment: 020 7794 2385

Street cleaning: 020 7974 3982

We recommend contacting the appropriate person in Camden government by email if you have their email contact information.

Local councillors in our neighbourhood (elected in 2006):

Linda Chung 07880 804782
Chris Knight 020 7435 9251
Kirsty Roberts 079 0968 7150

The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery is a common sight in Hampstead Village. Horses are routinely taken up the hill and into Hampstead from the barracks at St. John's Wood for exercise.
ENTERTAINMENT AND LEISURE

Hampstead has a good selection of cinemas and theatres.

Cinemas


The Everyman Cinema, in the centre of Hampstead, is one of the longest-running cinemas left in London, a historic spot which has shown films since the 1930's. Recently refurbished, it has two screens, a cosy setting with very comfortable seating, and a great café. It can also be rented out for private events.

A 15 minute walk down the High Street, in Belsize Park on Haverstock Hill, is The Screen on the Hill.


Theatres


The newly rebuilt Hampstead Theatre is adjacent to Swiss Cottage tube station, easily accessible from Hampstead High Street by either Bus 268 or Bus 46.

Opposite the Hampstead Theatre is The Central School of Speech and Drama, where many famous actors studied (including Sir Laurence Olivier and Dame Judi Dench), often has student productions where you may see the stars of tomorrow!

On New End, up the hill from Burgh House, is The New End Theatre, with a fascinating history (including its early days as the mortuary for New End Hospital).

Pentameters, on Oriel Court in the heart of the village, is one of London's oldest pub theatres. It doesn't have its own website, but information about what is on can be found at TimeOut London.


Museums/Places of Interest


Burgh House, on New End Square (just at the end of Flask Walk where it joins Willow Road) houses the Hampstead Museum and is a local community arts centre. Musical performances, talks by local celebrities and art exhibitions take place regularly, and the space can be hired for your own musical event, art exhibit or wedding. The house has a beautiful garden where you can eat and drink delicious refreshments from The Buttery, a small restaurant in the basement of Burgh House.

Fenton House, a National Trust property, sits high atop Hampstead on Hampstead Grove. Built in 1697, it is one of Hampstead's oldest buildings, well worth a visit. It houses a unique collection of ancient harpsichords, and has a spectacular walled garden.

2 Willow Road
The National Trust also has an example of a house from the modern movement, designed by Arno Goldfinger, at the bottom of Willow Road.

A brisk walk across Hampstead Heath will bring you to Kenwood House, a stately home bequeathed to the nation by the Guinness family and under the care of English Heritage. It has a world-class art collection, including works by Gainsborough, Turner, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Reynolds, Boucher, Hals, and others. On Saturday evenings in the summer, you can sit on grassy hills below the house and listen to concerts as you dine on your picnic supper.

More information about Hampstead Heath, managed by the Corporation of London, can be found here -
Hampstead Heath.

The Freud Museum in Maresfield Gardens is well worth a visit. It's where Freud lived when he came to London in his later years, and his famous couch is still in place. It has a gift shop with books and memorabilia about Freud and psychotherapy in general.

Keats House Museum is another lovely home that has been turned into a museum. Poet John Keats lived there from 1818-20, fell in love with the girl next door, and wrote many of his poems, including Ode to a Nightingale, while living there.

Our lovely local library, Heath Library, with its unusual coloured-glass domed roof, local notice board, lecture evenings, and childrens' library, is adjacent to Keats House.

 
HEALTH

Help and information is available from National Health Service (NHS) Direct - NHS Direct Online

A 24 hour telephone helpline is available by phoning  0845 4647.

Information about using this helpline

Details of local Doctors and Dentists

 
CAR CLUBS

Don't have a car but would like to have the occasional use of one? Car clubs are a new scheme to provide for this. There is one located near you. Just check the website to find the closest pick-up spot.

London City Car Clubs
 
SHOPPING

Our local neighbourhood is well served with a variety of fascinating and useful shops. We encourage all readers to support our small local shops. They are within easy walking distance, and en route to and from the shops you'll undoubtedly encounter a neighbour or shopkeeper to chat with.
 
CYCLING

Simpsons Cycles - If you'd like to buy a bike, or have your bike fixed, there are excellent local bike shops. One of the nearest is Simpsons Cycles, a family run business near Kentish Town.

Cycle Surgery is another with shops in Chalk Farm, Camden and in West Hampstead.

Vita Electric (no website) at 6 Heath Street sells electric and electric-assist cycles.
 
TRAVEL

Information about travel options in London and a useful journey planner are available at
Journey Planner.
 
LOCAL ORGANISATIONS

The Heath & Hampstead Society
Established more than a hundred years ago to protect the rural character of Hampstead Heath and the unique character of the village of Hampstead, the Heath and Hampstead Society is one of the oldest conservation groups in England. Members receive a Hampstead Card which entitles them to discounts from many of the local shops.
 
BOOKSHOPS

Daunt Books
If you prefer a small independent bookshop, there are two branches of Daunt Books in the neighbourhood (South End Green and Belsize Park).

Waterstones: on the High Street
Helpful staff; a reading club and evening events: the opportunity to hear authors reading from and discussing their works.

West End Lane Books
Just a bit further afield is West End Lane Books in West Hampstead.

Second hand books are available in the Keith Fawkes bookshop in Flask Walk and in the Oxfam shop in Gayton Road. The Community Centre Market on Saturdays often has books as well.

 
LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

These two local newspapers can both be read online.

Camden New Journal - this is a free weekly paper available each Thursday from dispensers outside the Coffee Cup and Barclays Bank in the High Street.

Hampstead and Highgate Express - available from newsagents every Thursday.

 
ART GALLERIES

Printroom London
A new small gallery in Perrins Court showcases the best of contemporary printmaking.

Oak Studio
A new shop in Perrins Walk. It offers sewing/craft/music/art classes for adults and children, and has a gallery space that can be hired.

Arkwright Rd Arts Centre

 
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SERVICE PROVIDERS

Alexander Technique

Mel Hampson, tel. 020 7794 1538

Builders

Stapleton Builders, large and small jobs, a family firm, tel. 020 8348 2059
G. Jansen (Kiki), tel. 020 7722 4532 or 07779 252407 (also electrician)

Electricians

Peter Dighton, tel. 07944 855529 or 020 8292 6071

Painters and Decorators

Janos Mucha, tel. 07793 988292

Piano Tuners

Steve Robson, tel. 020 7232 2434 or 07905 451131

Plumbers

Pimlico Plumbers, tel. 020 7928 8888
1-2-1 Services, tel. 020 8343 1918

Vacuum Cleaner Services

London K.B.E., tel. 020 8889 9709

Window Cleaning

Elite Windowcleaners, tel. 020 8371 9655
 
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