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The Sigmund Freud statue that sits proudly on the corner of Belsize Lane and Fitzjohn’s Avenue in Hampstead is well-known.

In the dying days of feudal Japan, 14 student samurai from the southern Japanese province of Satsuma (now Kagoshima) came to Camden to study at UCL. Four others went to colleges around the country.

“Trying to think of a joke becomes part of your everyday life.”

Last Wednesday marked the 90th anniversary of Kenwood House’s opening to the public in 1928. But the iconic stately home on the edge of Hampstead Heath is more than four centuries old. Joe Graber delves into its past.

People in Hampstead Garden Suburb are up in arms about the proposed expansion of the historic Henrietta Barnett School – six years after the last one.

The annual Highgate Festival begins today (Thu) and runs until Tuesday, July 10, with a gamut of events planned.

Since Haringey passed the keys of Hornsey Town Hall to FEC in May there have been few signs that much has changed.

Cyclists from Crouch End, South Hampstead and Childs Hill cycled 600 miles from Berlin to London to retrace the steps of 10,000 Jewish children rescued by the Kindertransport initiative in the 1930s.

In 1792 Mary Wollstonecraft published A Vindication of the Rights of Woman while living in Camden and, in the years since, the borough has been a hotbed of feminist activity.

Adam Solomons speaks to those commemorating the German philosopher.

Hampstead conservationists fear a half-acre portion of the Heath could get built on if it falls into the wrong hands at a controversial auction on Monday.

This year’s Hampstead Summer Festival will again feature the “Picture the Heath” painting competition.

An exhibition celebrating Camden’s connections to the women’s suffrage movement opened last night at Holborn Local Studies and Archive Centre in Theobalds Road.

The Friends of Kenwood House in Hampstead fear English Heritage cost-cutting could diminish the property’s famous collection of artwork.

When Camden town hall was built – construction began in 1934 and was completed in 1937 – few would have imagined that just a couple of years later its basement would need to house air raid shelters behind heavy iron doors.

Ten students from a youth group based at Jacksons Lane Theatre in Highgate are preparing for the night of their lives — a one-night-only show at the National Theatre.

Haringey councillors on Monday voted to block a planning application neighbours had said would threaten the unique character of a century-old street.

Members of a book club donned the suffragette colours of white, purple and green for afternoon tea to celebrate of the centenary of women’s votes.

Highgate’s Pond Square will be the place to be on June 16. The Ham&High previews the best of the Fair in the Square – and explains its history.

A Maida Vale councillor has called on Historic England to “urgently consider” listing the area’s famous recording studios after the BBC announced it was to close the building after over eighty years.

Hampstead has been well-known for its artistic background and bohemian culture for centuries. The area famously played host to John Constable, and painted the Heath on numerous occasions.

Descendants of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one of Britain’s great philosophers, want to give him a resting place “consistent with his greatness” at St Michael’s Church in Highgate.

The Hampstead Neighbourhood Plan will finally go to the polls during a referendum on June 21.

The company behind the renovation of the historic Hornsey Town Hall building have set out how much homes in the development will cost, a subject which campaigners protested against.

If, like us, the thought of the royal wedding makes you do a little bit of sick in your mouth, something better is taking place on the Heath on Saturday.

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