WHOS WHO: charity marathon runner Nicholas Roseborne
Nicholas Roseborne is running the London Marathon next month in aid of the charity Children with Leukaemia. He lives in North End Road, Golders Green, and also runs a computer business on Finchley Road. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING IN GOLDERS GREEN?
Nicholas Roseborne is running the London Marathon next month in aid of the charity Children with Leukaemia. He lives in North End Road, Golders Green, and also runs a computer business on Finchley Road.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING IN GOLDERS GREEN?
I've been in the same house all my life - 22 years.
WHAT IS FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE AREA?
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It's so nice around here, overlooking this part of Hampstead Heath. There's everything you need in the local area, but it's also easy enough to go into central London. The houses around here are just amazing.
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Insurance, and house prices! Post codes like NW3 and NW11 are very expensive places to live, so buying a house for the first time is very hard for young people like me. That's why I am still living at home. Getting my own place would be impossible.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST EYESORE?
We used to overlook the old Manor House hospital, which was very ugly. But now it's gone it's much nicer. We're overlooking the Heath, which is great.
WHAT IS YOUR favourite PLACE IN THE AREA?
The Heath is just ideal, especially now as I'm training for the marathon. I go running a lot, and usually go over to Kenwood House and back which is beautiful.
WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO SHOP?
I love Hampstead and Temple Fortune and the area around here. There really is everything you need. Brent Cross isn't too far away, and it's easy enough to get down to Baker Street and Oxford Street.
WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO GO OUT to FOR FOOD AND DRINKING?
There are some nice places in Belsize Park. The 'Black and Blue' steak house is quite upmarket and very nice, they do perfect steaks. There's also a Chinese restaurant in Fairfax Road which I love, and for drinking I go to the Bull and Bush pub on North End. It's been recently updated and is much better now. It's perfect just to sit and have a quiet drink or a meal. Hampstead is full of wonderful old pubs.
WHAT DO YOU DO AT THE WEEKENDS?
When I'm not running, I might go for a drink with some friends or go shopping. Being so close to town, it's nice to jump in the car and go shopping around Oxford Street. Sometimes I'll take the tube or go by taxi.
IF YOU WERE MAYOR FOR THE DAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
It certainly would be nice to get rid of Ken Livingstone! I would abolish his congestion charge straight away. It's nothing to do with emissions - it's just about taxing wealthy people who like to drive around London. The mayor is just after people's money.
IF YOU HAD A MILLION POUNDS TO SPEND, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I would definitely invest in a property around here. I can't buy my own place at the moment and still live with my parents. So I'd buy a place of my own and maybe invest in another property if there was any money left over. I'd enjoy life a bit more as well.
INTERVIEW: Ed Thomas