Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate this week

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 January 2015

Henry Goodman will be speaking at the JW3. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Henry Goodman will be speaking at the JW3. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

PA Archive/Press Association Images

An evening with award-winning actor Henry Goodman, a model engineering exhibition and cooking with food critic Ilana Epstein are just some of the things featured in our top five this week.

1. Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Modelling

South England’s largest Model Engineering and Modelling Exhibition returns, this year hosted at Alexandra Palace. The exhibition, on until Sunday, is regarded as one of the leading model shows in the UK and attracts over 15,000 visitors annually. A family-friendly event, see the full spectrum of modelling from traditional model engineering, steam locomotives and traction engines through to the more modern gadgets including trucks, boats, aeroplanes, helicopters and robots. Visitors can travel between the show’s different zones, trying the activities and watching technical demonstrations. Over 50 clubs and societies will be present, displaying their members’ work and competing to win the prestigious Society Shield. In total nearly 1,500 models will be on display. Organisers expect to welcome the return of Robot Wars including Major Damage and Matilda along with the British Model Flying Association, the UK Tank Club and others. All of the leading suppliers will also be present showcasing new products where you will be able to purchase items for your next model or project. Tickets £9.50 (£3 for five to 14 year-olds). Visit to book.

2. Sunday - Henry Goodman

Multi-award-winning actor Henry Goodman talks about his journey from a Whitechapel youth club to the world stage.

Mr Goodman, who has appeared in a number of big films, including Notting Hill (1999), Taking Woodstock (2009) and The Damned United (2009), will take the audience on a unique journey through the world of theatre, film, radio and musicals, stopping on the way for some personal highlights of memorable moments.

From portraying kind-hearted family men to upstart gangsters, from Jewish Shylock to Chicago mobster, from concierge to rabbi, the Jewish actor has had a varied career.

One of his most recent performances includes the role of Sir Humphrey Appleby in a stage version of the 1980s BBC satirical TV show Yes, Prime Minister.

He will be in conversation with actress and playwright Tracy-Ann Oberman, best known for her role as Chrissie Watts in BBC soap EastEnders.

She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, in Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage.

The talk will be held at the JW3 centre in Finchley Road on Sunday. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £6 to £12.

Visit or call 020 7433 8988 to book.

3. Sunday - Cooking

Join pastry chef Ilana Epstein for this Family Food Academy to learn how to make sweet snacks including scones, Anzac biscuits, chocolate chip muffins and lemon poppy seed cookies. Ms Epstein is a former food writer who wrote for the Jerusalem Post for 10 years. She trained as a pastry chef at Ness Kitchens culinary academy in Jerusalem. Held at the London Jewish Cultural Centre in North End Road, Golders Green. For ages eight and up. Runs from 2pm to 4pm. Tickets £20 (adults), £15 (children), £40 (two adults and one child). Visit or call 020 8457 5000 to book.

4. Monday - Jan Karski

An exhibition exploring the extraordinary story of Jan Karski, a Polish diplomat who served as a courier between the Polish Underground State in occupied Warsaw and the Polish government-in-exile in London during the Second World War.

Karski was the first person to give an eye-witness account of the Holocaust to the Western Allies in 1942, when he was selected by the Polish Underground State to make a secret journey to inform London of Nazi German atrocities in occupied Poland. Karski met with Jewish leaders and was twice smuggled into the Warsaw Ghetto as well as to a sorting point for Belec death camp. In the West, he met with Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and US President Franklin D Roosevelt. The exhibition, called The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity, is held at the London Jewish Cultural Centre in North End Road, Golders Green, until February 19. Visit for more information.

5. Sunday - Concert

A concert presenting a group of original scores full of the “euphoria and lightheartedness of France’s Belle Epoque era” will be put on in Hampstead. This period is conventionally dated as starting with the end of the Franco-Prussian war in 1871 and lasting until the onset of the First World War.

Held at Burgh House in New End Square, the programme includes work from Hedwige Chrétien, Philippe Gaubert and Paul Taffanel.

The Trio Belle Epoque will be performed by Filippo Mazzoli on the flute, Marika Lombardi on the oboe and Nathalie Dang on the piano. Starts 6pm. Tickets £15 (£12 concs.), available on the door.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Lucy Casey has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the “unbelievably brutal attack” that killed Hannah Leonard.


A sixteen year old boy has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent over the Billy Fury Way stabbing which left another teenager in a “critical condition” in hospital.


Only the wind in the trees and the sound of planes passing overhead could be heard at Highgate Cemetery yesterday morning, as it marked Armistice Day.

Yesterday, 18:15

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell slammed Barnet Council’s controversial Capita contracts as “a really good example of the iniquities of outsourcing” – but Barnet leader Cllr Richard Cornelius hit back and appeared to rule out bringing the outsourced services back in-house under his administration.

Yesterday, 12:04

December 8 will see a parade of beards and red woolly hats at Alexandra Palace as, for the first time, YMCA North London holds a Santa Run at the historic Haringey location.

Yesterday, 11:50

Highgate Newtown’s historic Konstam Nursery has unveiled a commerorative mosoaic celebrating its links to the First World War.

Yesterday, 10:00

When the sound of rockets was heard across north London on November 11, 1918, some feared for their lives.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Jamie Brown, of Archant Local Impact, explains how to make your business stand out from the crowd


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now