It’s often a good feeling to spot a local story in the national news, to see daily papers and broadcast journalists amplifying the voices of those who have appeared in the local press.

Hundreds took to the chilly water at Crouch End’s Park Road lido for the pool’s first Christmas Day dip in two years – but the manager overslept and was late letting them in.

Farcical news situations #300: writing a 900-word report on a meeting we weren’t allowed to enter.

One of the first concepts you learn at journalism college is the principle of open justice – that it is important in a functioning, fair society for justice to be seen to be done.

When tenants are crowbarring their way into your property after you lock them out without notice, it’s fair to say relations have broken down.

There is little that local newspapers love more than a successful public campaign to save a heritage asset.

I promise I wasn’t looking to make a political point by running a story about NHS spend next to a photograph of a Brexit demonstration on the Ham&High front page of the paper.

Indie favourites take their Good Humor LP out the garage and into the British Library for a live outing on its 20th anniversary

I’m delighted to see Alan’s Records (our Business of the Week) going strong after 24 years.

If you think it’s a bit weird that we’ve illustrated the conviction of two paedophiles with a general view of a court instead of their faces, you’re quite right.

“Today’s ruling [...] focuses on procedure rather than the merits of the scheme.”

Basil Jellicoe was spot on. His belief that everyone, no matter their means, deserved a safe, stable, good quality home is something the Ham&High is firmly behind.

When I met Richard Ratcliffe earlier this month, I was struck by his eloquence and hope.

It’s almost as though there aren’t enough council houses.

I’m pleased to hear Richard Ratcliffe’s meeting with Jeremy Hunt went well.

Campaigners against the controversial 100 Avenue Road development have reacted with dismay to news it will go back to a council vote in just two weeks.

Scrutiny is important.

It’s heartening to see Camden Council getting a result in court over the Happy Vale Hotel, whose owners have admitted two charges of letting the property fall into disrepair.

I’m delighted to see Haringey Council signing up to do more for LGBT+ equality.

I’m a novice when it comes to the Ham&High’s perennial favourite, the CS11 debate.

Campaigners against the CS11 cycle route that would tear up the Swiss Cottage gyratory have withdrawn legal action against TfL – saying they’re better off working with Westminster City Council to oppose it.

It is no small marvel that, in 2018, a local campaign group is able to score a major victory against a company so large it holds millions of pounds’ worth of public contracts.

A teenager was today jailed for nine years for the horrifically brutal manslaughter of Mohammed Hersi using a chair at a Finsbury Park cafe last year.

What a delight to see primary school children setting an example and asking adults to walk rather than driving.

True, there are some new faces at the Ham&High this month – but the name Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is one you will continue to see in the pages of this paper until she is freed.

It’s a bit late in the year for spring cleaning the Ham&High, but then spring did arrive rather late (and I managed to do my own spring cleaning at home a full 14 months behind schedule so just be grateful I’ve got there at all)

Welcome to this week’s Ham&High. My name’s Ramzy and I’m the new editor.

Two teenagers were this evening being held by police following a high-tech moped chase across Hampstead.

It isn’t shocking in the slightest that developer Bode has done what the law has enabled and encouraged it to do at Hill House in Archway.

A van driver arrested yesterday after a crash that killed a cyclist in Holloway has been released.


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.

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