From Hampstead to the West End…in 15 minutes!
Putting Hampstead on the MapBut for now we’ve decided to start with our neighbourhood. Every month, as always, we’ll be publishing blogs - the first of which looks at what’s on in London (festivals, theatre, live music, pop-up events) and the second taking an insider’s view at something near to la Gaffe.
Whether it’s the fabulous Hampstead Heath (the ‘lungs of London’) bathing ponds, the astonishing Kenwood House, local merchants with whom we do business or the narrow, winding back streets of the village itself, you’re going to read about it here.There’s so many things going on in our area, it wasn’t until we sat down and did some research that we realise how lucky we are. We’ve got a local jazz club just a stone’s throw from us, the wonderful Everyman cinema, lots of traditional pubs (great for a pint and a bit of British atmosphere) and - as we said before - the Heath itself, on which even locals get lost, it’s so vast in its greenery.
Disco Yoga, Exploring the Heath, Local Lectures and Jubilee PartiesIn the months to come, we’ll be updating you on all kinds of interesting local events - some a one-off and others repeating at regular times. For instance, in three day’s time there’s a Fun Run on the Heath and on 28th May you can ‘walk John Constable’s Hampstead’.
There are also lectures and concerts at the wonderful Burgh House (just a quick stroll from us) and the Freud Museum (where Sigmund arrived, after being banished from Vienna). And how could we forget the biggest summer event of all? In just two week’s time the nation will be celebrating something astonishing - the Platinum Jubilee. Yes, Queen Elizabeth is now the UK’s longest ever-remaining monarch, with 70 years on the throne. (Who could imagine that her first Prime Minister was Winston Churchill? Who could imagine what she has lived through? Wow!)
Community MattersAnd here at La Gaffe, personally we feel very lucky because people in our neighbourhood really do care about each other. There’s even a Hampstead Community Day around the corner on Sunday 12th June (meet at the Parliament Hill Bandstand at 12.30 pm) with theatre, music and free stalls where you can learn more about nature, face painting, outdoor games and nature activities.
At La Gaffe, an Italian restaurant and B&B in Hampstead, we want to be a part of our community, so we’re also thinking up ways to get people in our area together - watch this space for details of a ‘meet up’ we’re planning where people can come to our wine bar for a drink one evening and meet old faces and new. After all, if the pandemic has taught us anything it’s that we are social animals.A happy May to you all and come and visit us soon - we’re open every night for dinner and the espresso machine works in the daytime too!