We round up the dedicated local venues putting on live theatre, concerts, puppet shows and cabaret around Hampstead Highgate and Islington over the festive period

Plants representing the four seasons have been painted on a cabin by artist Alba Bernal at the community gardens in Elthorpe Park

Lucy-Jack Reynolds, who died aged 20 in March, would be “proud and thrilled” at Muswell Press’ writing competition and anthology Queer Life, Queer Love says mum Sarah

Customers serenaded at outdoor concerts at the Highgate Wood and Queen’s Park cafes have donated hundreds of pounds to Help Musicians

Chefs at the Kings Cross independent restaurant are boxing up roasts, Turkey and trimmings and Saturday night feasts to be served from fridge to plate in an hour

Claas Reiss has weathered lockdowns, pandemic restrictions and customs headaches to open his debut show of Jule Korneffel’s abstract works next month

Three London Jewish artists exhibit at Chabad Islington’s gallery and community space in Upper Street on the site of the borough’s first synagogue since 1967

John Duffin’s evocative pre-pandemic cityscapes and busy street scenes are exhibited at the Heath Street gallery

Nicola Lane’s podcast uses letters to the Ham&High to reveal how Victorian philanthropist Mary Wardell founded a hospital where infectious patients could isolate

Ex Channing pupil Chloe Tye has launched a Crowdfunder campaign to found FemThinkDo with fellow graduate Lizzie Merrill programming workshops, panels and speakers

Hampstead’s Zebra One Gallery is selling the mask-wearing artist’s work to raise funds for Cook To Care’s project supplying free meals to Londoners in need

Wine expert and author Bert Blaize hopes Bottles ‘N’ Jars on the site of a classic car dealership will introduce customers to delicious new food and wine combinations

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Underwhelming short film by The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos sees Matt Dillon followed around a city by a woman with a mad stare

Le Marche Des Chefs has been supplying Michelin-starred restaurants for two decades and is now delivering hampers of top quality seasonal ingredients within the M25

Since 1993 the Hampstead Garden Suburb music and literary festival has raised funds for The North London Hospice and East London charity Toynbee Hall

Highgate gastrobpub in North Hill is serving up Sunday roasts, bread, and luxury ready meals via their online shop during lockdown

Ex Arsenal defender commissioned Nigerian artist Chinwe Ifeoma Chukwuogo-Roy to capture the pre-match excitement in Avenell Road during Invincibles unbeaten season

101 images and testimonies from around the UK are published in a book that began as an idea by swimmers at Crouch End’s Park Road pool

Islington-based children’s theatre company Tall Stories helped to raise funds for a dozen UK theatres with their first virtual tour of The Snail and The Whale

Podcast Queen Bees sees the Ab Fab star and fellow actress share gossip and updates on the bees Coles keeps on her allotment near Crouch End

Victor Esses and Yorgos Petrou aim to reclaim the term family and demystify Queer relationships as they share their quest to become parents in Unfamiliar at Home

Call by Hampstead volunteer, who handed out poetry anthologies during lockdown, to submit pandemic poems which will reveal ‘the mood of the nation’

Culture Recovery fund has thrown a lifeline to the Academy Music Group which runs the Forum, and the Lawn Road gallery which plans a display on ex resident Agatha Christie

The Highgate arts centre’s 10 month, £3.35 million pound scheme to create a new foyer with cafe and bar, improved rehearsal spaces and disabled access has started

Jewel bright sauces, healthy dips, and rich aromatic curries marry small plate tapas style with North Indian street food

A new book by Kentish Town author Elliot James reveals the touching tale of Coward’s philanthropic years as President of the actor’s orphanage

Not only is he preparing to stage ‘a heartwarming Christmas show’ at Marylebone’s Cockpit Theatre, but he’s shot a charity Panto Dame calendar in his back garden

Around 50 female artists from North London have donated work reflecting on the pandemic to a fundraising exhibition for Camden Town Charity Women + Health

The Fast Show star talks politics, gardening, sexism and toxic parenting with editor André Langlois.

Three new plays are due to be staged at the Islington venue starting with Nine Lessons and Carols - Stories for a Long Winter - if the lockdown lifts


Let’s get physical! One of the dangers of lockdown is to be lulled into laziness, watching too many box sets, and eating and drinking too much, but there is no excuse to not start exercising to get fit and stay healthy.

Collège Français Billngue de Londres in Kentish Town offers the best of French and English education to Nursery pupils through to Year 10.

UK Government Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced extra measures to support workers and businesses throughout winter, including a furlough scheme extension paying 80 per cent of staff wages.

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