Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate this week

The circus comes to Jacksons Lane

The circus comes to Jacksons Lane - Credit: Archant

A book talk by the award-winning biographer of Virginia Woolf, a new art exhibition at Burgh House and graffiti workshops are just some of the things featured in our top five this week.

1. Tuesday - Lyndall Gordon

The award-winning biographer of T S Eliot, Mary Wollstonecraft and Virginia Woolf comes to Hampstead to discuss her new memoir.

Divided Lives: Dreams of a Mother and a Daughter sees Lyndall Gordon direct her gaze towards her own life in this frank account of a daughter’s complex relationship with her mother.

She will be at Waterstone’s in Hampstead High Street. Wine and other refreshments provided.

Starts 7pm. Tickets £3/5 available from the store.

2. Monday - Graffiti

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Want to unleash your inner Banksy and learn an exciting contemporary art form? Join a graffiti teacher for this session to learn the basics and begin to create your own designs with a spray can. For young professionals and adults, the session is led by London artist Ben Farleigh. All spray painting will take place outdoors and aprons, gloves and masks will be provided. Wear old clothes!

Held at the London Jewish Cultural Centre in North End Road, Golders Green.

Starts 6.30pm. Costs £15. Visit or call 020 8511 7901 to book.

3. Thursday - Sports Writer

A talk for sport lovers by writer Simon Inglis comes to West Hampstead as he discusses his latest book Played in London.

His work charts London’s history as a champion of sporting prowess, from the crowds who used to gather to watch horse racing in Smithfield, Farringdon, during the 12th century, to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Profusely illustrated with detailed maps and in depth research.

Held at West End Lane Books, West Hampstead.

Starts 7.30pm.

Visit for more information.

4. Friday - Circus

Highgate arts venue Jacksons Lane launches its annual residency programme for brand new circus performances.

Returning for a second year, Transmission offers circus artists and companies the unique opportunity to experiment and collaborate with other artists and art forms.

A double bill by acrobatic groups Inverted and Circumference will see new shows using “all the tricks in the book”.

Starts 4pm. Tickets £5. Visit to book.

5. Wednesday - Spanish Art

Spanish artist, poet and philosopher Helena Sainz will be returning to Hampstead, where she lived for over 30 years, for her third exhibition at Burgh House in New End Square, Hampstead. Her drawings in her Stone River collection encompass the “interrelationship between permanence and change”.

Runs until September 7. Visit for details.