Guy Hills – The Man in the Dashing Tweeds

Spending time with Guy Hills is like being in the company of Caractacus Potts. As soon as we meet, he hands me a device he’s been tinkering with, a radio he’s making for his son. It’s the first warm day of the year and Guy is wearing a light-weight cream-striped suit with a casual jumper underneath. He looks as if he’s been disturbed midway through … Continue reading Guy Hills – The Man in the Dashing Tweeds

Primrose Hill People: Nick Crane

According to the Daily Mail, Nicholas Crane, co-presenter of Coast and prize-winning author, is a ‘national treasure’. He modestly assures me that they haven’t always been so complimentary towards him. I meet Nick to talk about his masterwork of a book: The Making of the British Landscape. It is the story of how humans have shaped our habitat and how it has shaped us in … Continue reading Primrose Hill People: Nick Crane

Frances Ruffelle – Queen of the Wild Party

In a special interview for OTH, West End and Broadway star and Primrose Hill resident Frances Ruffelle discusses her latest role and why she’ll always consider the Hill her home (despite all the estate agents). Exclusive offer available for OTH Readers for this show. Get 55% off tickets using the following link: Frances Ruffelle has been living in Primrose Hill for twenty years and has … Continue reading Frances Ruffelle – Queen of the Wild Party

Lucie Allison on Wreaths

As you kiss under the mistletoe, be mindful that the plant was once said to have mystic properties. Likewise, holly was considered sacred by pagans. Because of these beliefs, a sixth-century Catholic bishop banned Christmas foliage as being ‘dangerous and heathen’. Savouring the thought of being dangerous and heathen, I seek out Lucie Allison to ask about the wreaths she makes. If you were fortunate … Continue reading Lucie Allison on Wreaths

Water into Beer – The Brewery in the Crypt

London has a long history of beer making, so it should come as no surprise that Steve Reynolds and Roddy Monroe were inspired to transform the crypt at St Mary’s church on Elsworthy Rd into a micro-brewery. It all came around after a spring clean down in the crypt. After eight skips had been filled with rubbish, Roddy and Steve looked around them, and there, … Continue reading Water into Beer – The Brewery in the Crypt

Primrose Hill People: Chiara Rossi

Turn at 100 k.p.h with a G-force of 5… Primrose Hill’s speed junky gets her highs on the water. The Mole decides he would rather not be battered in Chiara Rossi’s powerboat, but would graciously drink a glass of rather special Chianti selected by her. For many of us in Primrose Hill twenty-nine-year-old Chiara Rossi is the charming assistant manager of Negozio Classica, the wine … Continue reading Primrose Hill People: Chiara Rossi

Tina Nardo – The Lollypop Lady

Why did the mole cross the road? So that he could talk to the lollypop lady, of course. Lollypop ladies are human zebra crossings. The first ones started working outside primary schools in 1967. The safe crossing with the yellow globe had been introduced by Leslie Hors-Belisha in 1934; and the black and white striped zebra crossings, so named by Jim Callaghan, appeared in 1949. … Continue reading Tina Nardo – The Lollypop Lady