Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate

Children's Laureate Michael Rosen

Children's Laureate Michael Rosen - Credit: Archant

A talk from Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, campaigners fighting to defend prized Highgate land and an exhibition looking at more than 40 years of West Hampstead history are some of the top things to do in the area this week.


An exhibition looking back at the history of West Hampstead will launch at West Hampstead Library between 7pm and 8pm.

The display marks the West Hampstead Amenity and Transport (WHAT) group’s 40th anniversary.

The exhibition is on for six weeks.

All WHAT members are welcome for drinks on the launch night.


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A group of campaigners fighting plans to build three luxury homes on the Highgate Bowl will hold a development management forum to discuss the proposals.

The developer will present its plans for the former Highgate Garden Centre site.

The public will be able to ask questions and express their views.

The meeting is at Highgate School’s Mills Centre in Bishopswood Road, Highgate, at 7pm.


King of children’s literature Michael Rosen will discuss his career successes and his many works at an intimate talk in Hampstead on Thursday.

The Children’s Laureate will be in conversation with either Matthew Lewin, former editor of the Ham&High, or Piers Plowright at Burgh House in New End Square to reveal the thinking behind his classic stories and poetry collections, including We’re Going On a Bear Hunt and The Michael Rosen Book of Nonsense.

Michael Rosen has been involved in the creation of more than 140 books but is also a well-established broadcaster, presenting BBC Radio 4’s regular magazine programme Word of Mouth.

The talk is part of Burgh House’s Lifelines series, where around 60 audience members will sit in a semi-circle listening to a speaker’s secrets and revelations.

Past speakers include comedian Ricky Gervais and actor Simon Callow.

The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Mr Rosen as well as a drinks reception with nibbles.

The event starts at 7pm and tickets cost £12; £10 for concessions. Book by visiting


A fair selling hundreds of second-hand books, including fiction, history, biography, paperbacks, art, photography, all at low prices, will take place at the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution in South Grove, Highgate, between 10am and 3pm.

Admission is 50p. Contact 020 8340 3343 for more information.


Ten weeks of intensive acting lessons will begin on Sunday in a course that will explore the notion of character and relationships between a person as an individual and as an actor at the Duke New End theatre in the Duke of Hamilton pub, New End, Hampstead.

The course, which runs until Sunday, December 15 between 12pm and 3pm, costs £250 and is taught by an actor and lecturer with more than 25 years of experience.

Early booking is advised and contact Michael Toumey at if you would like to book a place.