My Hampstead: Els Bauer

EACH MONTH WE SPEAK TO A LOCAL RESIDENT OR BUSINESS OWNER TO GET THEIR TAKE ON THE VILLAGE; WHAT BROUGHT THEM HERE AND WHY DID THEY STAY? THIS MONTH: HAMPSTEAD THROUGH THE EYES OF ELS BAUER.

How long have you been a resident / business owner in Hampstead?

I have been a resident in Hampstead 27 years and a business owner for about 9 years.

What brought you to Hampstead?

My husband! I moved to London in 1989 and lived in Belsize Park but it was my dream to move up the hill and live in the heart of Hampstead.

What would be your recommendation for a newcomer to the area to familiarise themselves?

Walk and talk! Hampstead is full of hidden surprises and people that live here, are proud of the Village and love talking to you about it.

Where do you like to go that no one else knows?

If I’d tell you, everyone would know! I do like going into the graveyard next to St John-at-Hampstead Church in Church Row and wander among the graves.  It is very peaceful and there are some famous people buried like Constable.

How do you like to spend a long lazy weekend morning?

I don’t have many of those. I like to get up early to ride my horse, but I do love the occasional lie in followed by a walk on the heath and breakfast at Kenwood House.

Where do you go for:

Brunch?

Côte – Eggs Florentine

Lunch?

The Wells – Goat’s cheese grilled red peppers stuffed with mushroom risotto on tomato sauce & spinach

Drinks?

The Holly Bush – White wine

Dinner?

Piccola – Spaghetti ‘Al Pacino’

Where do you go to escape?

The Heath, of course! And further afield, to Contessa Riding Centre to ride my lovely horse Merlin.

Any upcoming festivals that people ‘must’ see?

The Hampstead Summer Festival is a must which is now in its 9th year! It runs over two weeks starting with the Art Fair on 23 June and finishing with the Big Fair on 7 July. As one of the organisers I can tell you, it promises to be a fantastic event again with lots of support from our local businesses.

What is your favourite thing about Hampstead?

That it is part of cosmopolitan London and yet keeps its village qualities!

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