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Kabir Ali runs an accountancy firm in Archway Road

Highgate Society treasurer and Big Four accountant on swapping Deloitte and KPMG for Highgate

What brought you to Highgate? My business partner Sang, who is a corporate lawyer, was looking for a small business to invest in and she set up a hair salon. The premises next door was empty and it seemed like a great opportunity. After much deliberation, I thought, why not. I haven’t got children or a mortgage to worry about. Better do it now before that happens. It is a friendly area with a village feel, still accessible by clients in the city and other areas, thanks to the Tube station and good parking in the area.

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Members of the Camden Clandestine Cake Club meet at Bar 55 in Jamestown Road. From left, back row, Kristina Wall, Fiona Bevans, Kasia Sowinska, organiser Jelena Culum and Catherine Cartier, front Lisa Hollins and Fiona O'Donnell. Picture: Polly Hancock

Bakers invited to join ‘clandestine’ Camden Cake Club

A “secret” society of cake bakers that gathers at undisclosed locations around Camden invited the Ham&High into its “hush-hush” monthly meeting on Monday.

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The Marine Ices team pictured outside their new Parlour in Chalk Farm Road. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Camden’s iconic Marine Ices makes move to new ice cream parlour

An iconic ice cream parlour that has sold Italian gelato to families in Camden for generations has been saved from forever disappearing under a pile of rubble as its home of more than 80 years looks set to be bulldozed.

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Ellie Pollard and Sinead Odie open ther results at Parliament Hill School. Picture: Polly Hancock

Video: Significant rise in GCSE grades at Camden, Barnet and Haringey schools

Camden, Barnet and Haringey schools have celebrated a significant rise in “good” GCSE grades this year - in line with the first nationwide increase for three years.

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North Bridge House pupils Florence Shaul and Brendan Comyn celebrate top grades. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Girl with mumps forced to sit GCSEs in quarantine celebrates results

A Hampstead Garden Suburb schoolgirl was forced to sit her GCSEs in quarantine after falling ill with a highly-contagious viral infection the night before her first exam.

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The 'poor door' entrance for affordable housing residents of the Prince's Park development in Kentish Town. Picture: Polly Hancock

Anger as poorer residents of Kentish Town housing block are forced to use ‘shabby’ back entrance

Developers behind a new housing block in Kentish Town have been accused of turning some of its residents into second-class citizens after forcing its poorer families to use a more unsightly entrance at the back of the building.

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Darren Innes, CEO of Has My Identity Been Stolen, has urged people to check if their data is exposed. Picture: Polly Hancock

Stolen personal data of 86,000 north Londoners put up for sale on dark web

The personal information of more than 86,000 people living in Barnet, Camden, Haringey and Westminster has been put up for sale on the dark web, according to new data revealing the startling scale of online identity fraud.

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Twins Naomi and Tara Kilcoyne from Henrietta Barnett School celebrate 21 A*s between them.

Double GCSE results joy for twins at Barnet and Haringey schools

There was double joy for several sets of twins who picked up their GCSE results at Barnet and Haringey schools this year.

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Channing School pupil Dalia Blass nearly missed one of her exams after she got stuck in traffic following a road traffic collision in Highgate. Luckily, she got there with two minutes to spare and today has achieved 11 A*s

Channing School student ran one mile to make exam in time after Highgate road crash

A road crash in Highgate led a Channing schoolgirl to come within minutes of missing a crucial exam - but she triumphed last week with 11 A* GCSEs.

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TV vet and PupAid founder Marc Abraham with a responsibly bred puppy

Primrose Hill celeb power helps anti-puppy farming campaign to reach Parliament

Calls for a blanket ban on the sale of puppies from pet shops are set to reach the ears of MPs for the first time – thanks to the people of Primrose Hill and its local A-listers.

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Parliament Hill School pupil Idhil Jama scooped an outstanding 16 A*s and As at GCSE after taking several of them aged just 13. Picture: Polly Hancock

Parliament Hill pupil scoops 16 GCSEs after sitting exams three years early

A Parliament Hill School pupil scooped an impressive 16 A*s and As in her GCSEs last week after sitting several of them aged just 13.

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UCS student Danny Wittenberg celebrated with an astonishing 11 A* GCSEs. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Ham&High Young Readers’ editor and UCS student celebrates with 11 A* GCSEs

The Ham&High celebrated its own GCSE success yesterday as the editor of its latest Young Readers’ Edition was awarded an astonishing 11 A*s.

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Engineering works could affect your journey this weekend.

Travel: Weekend works and Notting Hill Carnival close parts of Tube and Overground network

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this Notting Hill Carnival weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

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Students at Henrietta Barnett School in Barnet on GCSE results day 2013. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Live blog: GCSE results in Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Westminster

Thousands of anxious teenagers across Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Westminster will pick up their GCSE results today.

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Haverstock School student Joyce Chukwuma jumps for joy after finding out that she achieved  two As, three Bs, and three Cs. Picture: Camden Council

Photo gallery: Pupils celebrate GCSE results in Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Westminster

Schools were filled with excited shrieks today as nervous pupils opened their GCSE results.

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Campaigners dress up to save the Old White Bear in Well Road. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Abandoned pub The Old White Bear to be reopened following community campaign

A disused Hampstead pub is on the verge of reopening – potentially answering the prayers of residents who formed a campaign to save it from permanent closure.

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A statue of Amy Winehouse will be unveiled next month

Amy Winehouse statue to be unveiled in Camden’s Stables Market

A sculpture to commemorate the late musician Amy Winehouse will be unveiled in her “spiritual home” of Camden next month.

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The Steam and Sun in Chalton Street. Picture: Google

Convicted owner of Euston brothel back on trial for ‘reopening sex empire under new name’

A pimp who was jailed for overseeing a multi-million pound sex empire is back on trial – for allegedly reopening the same brothel under a new name.

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Customers outside the café at Kenwood House. Picture: Polly Hancock.

‘Outraged’ Hampstead creatives ‘reassured’ coffee shop hours will stay the same

Kenwood House bosses have reassured “outraged” customers there will be no change to its café’s opening hours when a luxury caterer takes over the historic eatery.

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Headteacher Sam White says 'gold standard' A-levels may not be the best path for all pupils. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Only best pupils will get places at top Camden sixth form as tough new A-level criteria introduced

This year’s “toughest ever” A-level exams have forced Camden’s largest sixth form to tighten entry requirements and only accept the brightest students in the wake of a controversial government shake-up.

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Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna, with Tulip Siddiq, talking to business owners at the Sherriff Centre. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna visits new West Hampstead centre

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna dropped into a new West Hampstead community centre to talk to local business owners today.

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Education See all

Ellie Pollard and Sinead Odie open ther results at Parliament Hill School. Picture: Polly Hancock

Video: Significant rise in GCSE grades at Camden, Barnet and Haringey schools

Camden, Barnet and Haringey schools have celebrated a significant rise in “good” GCSE grades this year - in line with the first nationwide increase for three years.

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High Speed 2 See all

HS2 Ltd bought up 70 new flats

HS2 Ltd buys new homes for Camden residents facing house demolition

Half of all Camden residents who have houses earmarked for demolition as part of the construction of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link have been found new homes - allaying fears they would have to leave the borough.

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Obituaries See all

Historian Jack Whitehead has died aged 98. Picture: Polly Hancock

Obituary: Inspirational teacher and historian Jack Whitehead left schools with learning legacy

Jack Whitehead, who has died aged 98, was an inspired teacher all his life, both in schools and just as much through his many friendships and publications.

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