Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate

Dancing in the streets at GAIL's Garden Party in Oriel Place last year

Dancing in the streets at GAIL's Garden Party in Oriel Place last year - Credit: Archant

Football legends, horticultural wonders and gourmet delights are among the best things to see and do in the area this week.


Football greats will come together on Monday evening to discuss a broadcaster’s latest book about Jewish footballers at Joseph’s Bookstore, Ashbourne Avenue, Temple Fortune.

Lord David Triesman, a former chairman of the Football Association (FA) and Labour peer and David Dein, a former vice-chairman of Arsenal Football Club and the FA, will talk about Anthony Clavane’s book Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here? The Story of English Football’s Forgotten Tribe.

Mr Clavane will also be signing copies.


The Humphrey Lyttelton Band will perform an evening of jazz music to support the Royal Free Charity from 7.30pm in the Peter Samuel Hall at the Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, Hampstead, with comedian Barry Cryer OBE compering.

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The late Humphrey Lyttleton was a great supporter of the charity, often performing for the cause.

Tony Fisher replaces Mr Lyttelton’s role on trumpet in an otherwise original band line-up.

Tickets are £15 and can be bought by calling 020 7472 6677.


An author and journalist will tell the story of how a Highgate nursery was founded out of the grief of those who had lost someone they loved in the First World War.

The Friends of Highgate Library present the illustrated talk, called ‘Inspired by Grief: how bereavement in the First World War laid the foundations for the Konstam Nursery,’ by Madeleine Bunting, which will be held in the Children’s Corner of the Highgate Library Civic and Cultural Centre in Croftdown Road, Highgate from 7.30pm.

The event is free of charge.


Two horticultural shows presenting a wide array of bumper crops and beautiful flowers will leave green-fingered residents spoilt for choice with both Hampstead and Highgate Horticultural Societies having their Autumn shows in the afternoon.

Hampstead’s show and plant sale will take place at All Saints Church Hall in Church Walk, Childs Hill from 2.30pm until 4.30pm while Highgate’s event is from 2pm until 5pm at the United Reformed Church in South Grove, Highgate.


Summer may have come to an end but there’s still a chance to enjoy the weather before it gets frosty with an annual Hampstead garden party in aid of charity.

The event, run by GAIL’s Artisan Bakery, is a celebration of fine food from independent producers with stalls lined with the store’s own sourdough bread, cinnamon rolls and Soho buns as well as carefully selected cheeses, olives and craft beers.

In its eighth year, the party was originally launched as a way of saying thank you to the Hampstead community for welcoming the bakery into the area with open years.

It is still going strong, with its range of tasty morsels, vintage games and live jazz in Oriel Place, Hampstead to support Water Aid, which works in 27 countries worldwide to help improve access to safe water.

Gourmet delights from GAIL’s suppliers and producers will include Norweigan smoked salmon, artisanal spirits and farm-pressed fruit juices.

The event runs from 9am until 5pm on Saturday and entry is free.