Transition Tipple at St Mary’s Brewery

Look out for a new ‘green beer’ made with locally grown fresh hops. These hops were grown by members of Transition groups all over Camden, harvested on Sunday 10 September and brought to St Mary’s for the brewery to produce a green hopped IPA. Green hopped beers originated in Kent, where the tradition of hop-picking goes back hundreds of years. These particular beers are a … Continue reading Transition Tipple at St Mary’s Brewery

Memories of St Paul’s Caretaker

Ron Holding tells us about his memories of St Paul’s CE Primary School, Primrose Hill… I’m still wondering how many times I have opened gates, changed loo rolls; how many teachers, how many kids; I’ll work it out later. My father-in-law was a school-keeper in Pimlico. He suggested I try for a job in a school. I had changed from being a chef to trying my … Continue reading Memories of St Paul’s Caretaker

Stanley Johnson meets Jon Snow

One night at the end of July, two literary and political titans met at Cecil Sharp House to celebrate the publication of a new political thriller called Kompromat. The author is Stanley Johnson, famous father of famous son Boris; and the interviewer, or referee, was our local Jon Snow, hotfoot from finishing his evening stint on Channel 4 News. The first thing you need to … Continue reading Stanley Johnson meets Jon Snow

Kale Curry – My Primrose Hill Kitchen

Embrace the onset of autumn with this fragrant vegan curry that is perfect for an easy week-night supper. Creamy and comforting, it’s perfect with basmati rice or served alongside roast chicken. Whether you eat the chilli garnish depends on how brave you are feeling! For those who cannot imagine curry without a beer, Bottle Apostle provide some ingenious pairings. Ingredients (Serves 1–2) A big bunch … Continue reading Kale Curry – My Primrose Hill Kitchen

Helping Hands – Chalk Farm Foodbank

Earlier this summer, a private charity screening was arranged of Ken Loach’s film I, Daniel Blake, in order to increase awareness of the Chalk Farm Foodbank. The film highlights the human trials and difficulties in gaining support from the state in modern-day Britain and the real stark issue of food poverty. Daniel Blake (played by Dave Johns) is a 59-year-old widowed carpenter who must rely … Continue reading Helping Hands – Chalk Farm Foodbank

Aristocrats of Jazz – Emily Dankworth

The other day I heard (we moles have phenomenal hearing) a jazz version of ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ that did my heart good. The woman who was singing put me in mind of that night when Johnny Dankworth and Cleo Laine came up the hill and she sang to him. That was special. And this woman sounded just like her. The voice that The … Continue reading Aristocrats of Jazz – Emily Dankworth

Arthur Rackham, the Primrose Hill illustrator

One hundred and fifty years ago this month, the well-known illustrator Arthur Rackham was born in London. Throughout his life he illustrated more than 65 books, including Shakespeare, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Dickens. Many of his most celebrated illustrations were done at a time when Rackham lived in Primrose Hill Studios off Fitzroy Road. Primrose Hill Studios were built in 1877-82 as artists’ studio … Continue reading Arthur Rackham, the Primrose Hill illustrator

Keep your cool

On sunny summer Sundays the population of Primrose Hill seems to explode, as fellow Londoners and savvy tourists flock to enjoy our wonderful views, shops and eateries. This is great for local businesses and brings a buzzing holiday vibe. However, the sea of merry picnickers on the hill and minor traffic chaos on Regent’s Park Road can feel a little overwhelming, especially as the mercury … Continue reading Keep your cool

Humus and HS2 with MP Sir Keir Starmer

Our local MP Sir Keir Starmer talked to Micael Johnstone just before the general election about food, politics and some of the hot topics impacting on Primrose Hill. Keir Starmer looked surprisingly fresh-faced and relaxed as he arrived for our interview, closely followed by various aides and Labour Party campaigners scurrying to escape a brief summer shower. It had been a pretty hectic few weeks … Continue reading Humus and HS2 with MP Sir Keir Starmer