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Monty Python's Michael Palin with children at Carlton Primary School, where he will hold a talk to raise funds for a Multi-Sensory Garden

Michael Palin to perform intimate gig at Camden school ahead of Monty Python comeback

Such was the phenomenal demand for Monty Python’s O2 comeback gig this summer that tickets sold out in just 43.5 seconds.

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Squatters Martin Kozubski (31), Aurimas (24), Matthew (21) and Ecko (28) have started work on the garden at their new home at the former Hampstead Police Station. Picture: Polly Hancock

Squatters take over Hampstead Police Station and vow ‘We’re only here to help protect you’

Squatters who have taken over Hampstead’s former police station have offered to “help old ladies to the shops” in an effort to replace the community officers who abandoned the building.

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Debbie Wiseman was the only female composer to enter Classic FM's Hall of Fame this year

Highgate composer’s movie soundtrack for Oscar Wilde film enters Classic FM Hall of Fame

A composer who writes musical scores for Hollywood films and BAFTA-winning dramas is the only woman to be included in this year’s Classic FM Hall of Fame.

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It is thought free schools may be helping to ease the demand for places at Camden primaries. Pictured is headteacher Vicky Briody at Abacus Belsize Primary School on its opening day last year. Picture: Nigel Sutton

More Camden pupils win place at first choice school but borough lags behind London average

Twenty-six children in Camden do not have a place to start primary school in September after spaces were allocated last week – a significant improvement on last year’s figures.

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Residents of the HappyVale Hotel - dubbed 'the worst hotel in Britain' - turn out to support landlord Stephen Gethin (front) at Highbury Magistrates Court. Picture: Tony Gay

Behind the doors of Britain’s ‘worst hotel’ - sewage, cockroaches and vulnerable tenants

It’s been dubbed “the worst hotel in Britain” and its owner was recently accused by a judge of exhibiting a “callous disregard for the safety and welfare of vulnerable residents”.

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Save Swiss Cottage campaigners gather outside 100 Avenue Road. Picture: Polly Hancock

‘Monstrous Swiss Cottage tower’ will blight view from Hampstead Heath, say conservation group

Plans to demolish the Ham&High’s office building and replace it with the highest residential tower in Camden would “cast a blight on the whole area – including substantial parts of Hampstead and the Heath”.

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Cllr Sally Gimson

Labour councillor Sally Gimson standing in Highgate but hoping to become Sheffield MP

Highgate could lose a second incumbent councillor next month after it was revealed Cllr Sally Gimson is bidding to stand as a Labour MP in Sheffield.

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Camden Council's assistant chief executive Sarah Mullen will leave her position at the town hall in July. Picture: Danny Robinson

Assistant chief exec of Camden Council resigns: ‘It’s time for a change in direction’

The assistant chief executive of Camden Council has resigned after five and a half years.

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London Borough of Camden accountant Tolu Kalejaiye was killed by her son at the home they shared

Schizophrenic son found guilty of killing Camden accountant mother at home they shared

The son of a Camden Council accountant has been convicted of killing her at their home while suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

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Owners Yulia Davidenko and Tom Burdon behind the counter at the newly opened Ripe Kitchen in Regents Park Road. Picture: Polly Hancock

Independent cafe offering ‘14 blends of tea’ opens in Primrose Hill

A new independent café offering 14 blends of tea and a varied menu of healthy food has opened in Primrose Hill.

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Kentish Town Forum

Plans for Kentish Town cinema take one step closer following council approval

Residents in Kentish Town are a step closer to seeing a cinema return to their neighbourhood after councillors agreed to allow a music venue to screen films.

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Valerie Doulton has campaigned against female genital mutilation (FGM) for decades

Highgate writer uses literature to further the fight against FGM

A Highgate writer, teacher and artistic director who has been a vocal campaigner against female genital mutilation (FGM) for decades is staging a literary event featuring writings and performances by opponents of the brutal practice.

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Esther Rantzen, who is an Sarum Hall old girl, opens the pupils' new playhouse. Picture: Nigel Sutton

ChildLine’s Esther Rantzen opens Wendy house at her old school in Belsize Park

ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen was the guest of honour at the official opening of a new playhouse at her old Belsize Park school.

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Easter Egg decorating and rolling at Lauderdale House.  Picture: Nigel Sutton

Photo gallery: Rain fails to dampen fun at annual Easter egg rolling at Lauderdale House

Rain looked set to ruin one of Highgate’s most popular traditions this Easter but luckily the clouds parted long enough for an annual egg-rolling competition to go ahead.

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Dr Richard Jennings, an infectious diseases consultant, is heading up a new Tuberculosis treatment centre at the Whittington Hospital

London ‘failing in battle against TB’ as Whittington Hospital leads eradication efforts

The Whittington Hospital is to be on the front line of a new battle against the spread of Tuberculosis (TB) as London continues to suffer the highest rate of infection of any Western European capital.

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Edmond Fenton will stand trial at Blackfriars Crown Court, accused of swindling a 100-year-old out of more than £300,000. Picture: PA/Sean Dempsey

Man accused of swindling 100-year-old out of £300,000

A man accused of swindling a 100-year-old care home resident out of more than £300,000 is to stand trial.

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Cllr Sarah Hayward. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Camden Council leader Sarah Hayward confident of strengthening Labour control in election

Council leader Cllr Sarah Hayward believes the Labour administration can strengthen its overall majority, after four years of investment in the face of government “persecution”.

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Cllr Maya de Souza.

Green Party’s single Camden councillor Maya de Souza to step down in Highgate

The Green Party’s single Camden councillor has announced she is to step down after eight years in the role.

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Cllr Keith Moffitt. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Lib Dems concede there is ‘no safe seat’ in Camden election battle

The leader of Camden Liberal Democrats has admitted the party does not have a single “safe seat” and will have to fight hard for success.

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Fire crews rushed to the barbecue blaze in Highgate on Saturday

Bank holiday barbecue fire in Highgate

A bank holiday barbecue ended in disaster after a blaze broke out at a Highgate home on Saturday.

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Cllr Claire-Louise Leyland.

Camden Tories: ‘We will give local people more of a voice’

Camden Conservatives have pledged to give local people “more of a voice” if the party gains control of the council.

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Education See all

Monty Python's Michael Palin with children at Carlton Primary School, where he will hold a talk to raise funds for a Multi-Sensory Garden

Michael Palin to perform intimate gig at Camden school ahead of Monty Python comeback

Such was the phenomenal demand for Monty Python’s O2 comeback gig this summer that tickets sold out in just 43.5 seconds.

Read full story »

Heritage See all

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt, Archibald Knox and the bidding war at a Hampstead auction house

A Hampstead auction house was abuzz with excitement as a furious bidding war saw a prized lot sell for 10 times its estimate.

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Obituaries See all

Mike Read has passed away

Highgate Society president pays tribute to ex-treasurer and golf lover Mike Read

Mike Read, who died this month aged 79, was a very active member of a number of Highgate organisations and well known in the village.

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Competitions See all

You could be the lucky winner of a Kindle Paperwhite.

Win a Kindle Paperwhite

Spring has sprung and the countdown to the summer holidays is on, so Villa Plus is helping with the preparations by offering one lucky winner the chance to get their hands on an all-new Kindle Paperwhite.

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