News & Views – May 2018

Primrose Hill Summer Fair

Save the date! The 41st Primrose Hill Summer Fair, put on by the Primrose Hill Community Association, will be held on Saturday 9 June in Chalcot Square. Come and join us for some summer fun.

Top of the Hill Quiz

This year’s Top of the Hill Quiz evening will take place at the Community Centre on Friday 18 May. Dick and Sue Bird will be running it for the fifteenth successive year. Sharpen up your brains and come and join us. There will be a mixture of hard and silly questions. Bring a table of friends or neighbours (maximum 8), or come as an individual and join up with others. All welcome, but best to book first via the Community Association.

La Ferme opens in Primrose Hill

Welcome to La Ferme, which recently opened on Regents Park Road, replacing Negozio Classica. Run by restaurateur François Guerin and his chef stepbrother Guillaume Dunos, the Primrose Hill restaurant follows in the footsteps of La Ferme’s first opening in Farringdon.

The mezzanine has been turned into a champagne lounge, which also offers wines and cocktails. The food menu focuses on rustic bistro-style eating, featuring modern and classic French dishes, made with the finest produce. A variety of menus are available to suit every mood and budget, with brunch available at weekends. Dogs are also welcome!
154 Regent’s Park Road. Tel: 020 7837 5293 |

Book inspired by Primrose Hill wins prize

A former Primrose Hill resident has been named the winner of the Younger Fiction category at the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018. Australian Jessica Townsend lived in Primrose Hill for several years and was inspired by her time in the capital to write her debut novel; Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is the first book in a new series, rooted in the tradition of Harry Potter, and creates a magical world full of adventures for younger readers.

It has proven so successful that a film version is currently in production. Townsend may be Primrose Hill’s very own JK Rowling.

Belsize Music Festival

The popular Belsize Music Festival returns in May and showcases chamber music and jazz, with a children’s concert that encourages participation.
All concerts will take place at St Peter’s Church, 53 Belsize Square NW3 4HJ.

Dates are as follows:

  • Friday 11 May 7.30pm – Classical music
  • Saturday 12 May 4.30pm – Family concert
  • Sunday 13 May 7.30pm – Jazz concert

Tickets are available on the door or online, priced £10 for the classical and jazz events and £5 for the family event. Admission price includes cake and a glass of wine.

Local elections

Ahead of the local elections, One Housing is organising a hustings event for the Camden Town with Primrose Hill ward. Readers can meet the local candidates from different parties and ask them questions. The event is free and open to the public, but you will need to register via Eventbrite here.

Complimentary tickets to the London Original Print Fair

The London Original Print Fair runs at the Royal Academy of Arts each spring, and this year’s dates are 3–6 May.
In celebration of the Early May Bank Holiday, they are hosting a child-friendly fete in the RA’s courtyard on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May. There will be hands-on printmaking workshops, live music and food trucks, all with Sir Peter Blake’s Art Bus as the focal point.

The Fair organisers are offering On The Hill readers complimentary tickets to the family-friendly events on 5–6 May. Email or ring 020 7439 2000 quoting On the Hill.

Community Centre Getaway Gala Evening

Primrose Hill Community Association is hosting a fundraising getaway auction on Friday 21 September. We are looking for people kind enough to donate a week/weekend in their holiday home or other experiences. It’s a brilliant way to support your buzzing community centre, and a fun evening with live entertainment.

Many thanks to the generous locals who have already donated a stay in their holiday homes. It promises to be a hugely entertaining evening, and who knows whose home you may end up staying in? For more information contact Primrose Hill Community Association.

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