Search

Q&A: My West Hampstead

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 January 2018

Archant

Dinny Hall has designed women’s jewellery for more than 30 years. Described as a ‘little British Tiffany’, she lives in West Hampstead.

What brought you to West Hampstead?

West Hampstead is near the Heath and lots of my closest friends. Hampstead is a proper neighbourhood, you feel part of a community there, which is important to me and to the way I run the business.

What makes West Hampstead unique?

It’s a smelting pot of communities and generations, which retains its kooky profile. It’s steeped in history and heritage, which the community are fiercely protective of. It’s a very beautiful place; mansion blocks, big gardens, Edwardian architecture and - great bagels!

You have a day off to spend in West Hampstead. What do you do?

I’ll have breakfast at home, then take my dog Bo to West Hampstead cemetery, which is brimming with amazing stonemason design and heritage. We’ll wander and get lost with our thoughts for an hour or so. Then I’d head to Siam, a wonderful spot on West End Lane, where I might treat myself to a massage and truly switch off. After that, I’d walk up to Hampstead High Street, do a little window shopping, then on to Melrose & Morgan for lunch.

If you were editor of the Ham&High, what would you focus on?

I would focus on the elderly community. There is a lot of great work already being done, including through two local churches, but it’s a community so often overlooked.

Who is the most inspiring person you’ve met?

David Bowie. I hadn’t long graduated and I was sharing a studio with Tom Binns in Beak Street. Tom was making masks for him and he just arrived one day. My mind went blank and I went weak at the knees; all I could think was that I had polish all over my face in front of David Bowie! He said “Hello little lady, what are you making?” I was obsessed with him as a teenager and there he was in the flesh.

What are your goals for the year ahead?

With Marylebone Lane now open, I’ve taken on the challenge of six stores. Expansion is energising but not without challenges. My ambition is to continue to grow the brand, while continuing to design.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Stories

40 minutes ago

New Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has been in bullish form on his first day in the job after chief executive Ivan Gazidis unveiled the 46-year-old Spaniard on Wednesday – insisting the North London giants can catch Manchester City next season.

North London and South Hampstead will do battle this weekend in Division Three while Division Two outfit Hornsey visit Wycombe House

16:00

Spaniard has been chosen to replace legendary Frenchman at the helm of the Premier League club

The N8 club failed to defend a total of 332 against their local rivals last weekend, but will aim to bounce back on Saturday against Finchley

The 24-year-old Londoner discussed the importance of believing and highlighted the success of other not fancied teams in the past

13:00

Batsman opened against Essex, but came in at number three against Kent

The Shepherd’s Cot club chased down 333 against their local rivals at the weekend to win for the first time since promotion to the top flight

09:47

Football’s worst kept secret is out – Arsenal have officially confirmed Unai Emery will become the club’s new head coach.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Wembley Sailing Club is hosting a Push the Boat Out event on Sunday May 20, where those interested in taking up the sport are invited to experience the club in action.

Preparing your child in advance for school will go a long way towards ensuring the very best start for your child.

After over 50 years in the acting industry, and a decade of unprecedented success delivering outstanding part-time performing arts tuition at her weekend Academies across the country, Pauline Quirke returns to her roots to create even more opportunities for young performers in North London.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate stories

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now