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A hyperlocal blog celebrating the people, places, perks of London NW10 and NW6

The Beasts of Belmont Park

Provocative page-turner, set in our streets. Local author presents his digitally innovative debut novel at Queens Park Books… Hud Saunders, a born and bred West Londoner has lived in Queens Park over 20 years. Raised by his ardent feminist single mother (and her coterie of weird and wonderful friends), he grew up quickly when, aged 22, [...]

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The Foxes are Coming, says Bill Amberg

London Design Festival stars the second Queens Park Design District , organised by the Bill Amberg Studio and the neighbourhood designers of #QPDD. As well as the new Common Collection of benches and stools on show in an open studio 21–27 September, Bill says you might spot a fox or two… They swagger around like they own the [...]

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Park-turned-picturehouse: The Nomad Strikes Back.

From early morning dips in the heath ponds to dancing in the streets at Carnival, we all know there’s nothing like summer in London. After last year’s triumphs under the trees, The Lexi’s barefoot and free-spirited younger brother, The Nomad Cinema, returns once more to Queen’s Park for an open-air cinema series under the stars. [...]

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Giggles all aboard The Good Ship

Edinburgh Fringe is fast approaching! Heading up? We have your warm-ups sorted. It’s dangerous not to do some abdomen stretching before a laughter marathon, after all. Not going? Never fear, us lucky NWers don’t have to venture far – excitement likes to turn up on our doorstop. The Good Ship Comedy Club is halfway through [...]

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Camp Bestival: it’s good for you

Camp Bestival, 30 July–2 August, Lulworth Castle, Dorset… ‘But that’s not in Kensal or QP’, you cry! No. But half of Kensal and QP will be there… We’re usually pretty damned strict about only posting about our postcode – and try only to talk about events and occasions right on our doorstep or a small [...]

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Fork to Fork food festival / Saturday 13 June

Just received this exciting news release: Thomasina Miers and Laura Harper-Hinton have announced the first Fork to Fork food festival at ARK Franklin Primary Academy in Kensal Rise! Thomasina Miers, MasterChef winner and co-founder of Mexican restaurant group Wahaca, and her friend Laura Harper­‐Hinton, co-founder and creative director of Caravan, have come together to launch the first Fork [...]

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Have you been to Café Zest yet?

If not. Why not? You’re missing out. Café Zest coming to Kensal Rise has Karen Proctor overjoyed – fabulous breakfasts, delicious lunches, first-class breads and pastries and take-home dinners to suit every taste or mood. Friendly and efficient service, warm atmosphere and reasonable prices – it’s cheery in decor, and uplifting with its menu… The vibrant food and drinks [...]

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The history of Portobello Road by Curll Press

Portobello Road’s history stretches back to the creation of Smithfield Market in the Middle Ages; here is an extract from Galleries, Palaces & Tea: An Illustrated Guide To London (£9.99; author, David Backhouse) by Curll Press which can be ordered from all good bookstores… One of the great pleasures of London life is moseying through her street markets. Those [...]

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Introducing the #RealFamilyPortrait

‘The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.’ – Henri Cartier-Bresson Kensal Rise’s Rowan Williams loves her family’s photos: ‘I’ve collected portraits of family through the generations. The oldest one dates back to just before 1900. It’s lovely looking through them [...]

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Who is Born & Bred Studio?

Lisa started Born & Bred Studio as she felt there was a gap in the service industry for lived-in ‘homey’ design inspired by London living… Why the name? ‘Our name was inspired by the amount of friends who are genuinely shocked when they meet a genuine born-and-bred Londoner. The saying also resonates with a feeling of home [...]

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