In praise of…Costa in South Harrow

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I have a sentimental relationship with Northolt Road, South Harrow. I’m accustomed to walking the long stretch starting from Hillview Children’s Centre and down towards Carphone Warehouse because I almost always have an issue with my mobile. My phone breaking down is more of a habit now than a clumsy problem of mine. On this… Read more »

REVIEW: La Zeza Restaurant in Harrow

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La Zeza Where?: 16 College Rd, Harrow HA1 1BE Rating: 4/5 Average price: £25 a head Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible entrance Suitable for: Meat eaters and veggies! Best thing?: Staff and food! Worst thing?: Having to leave at the end of the night! Make sure you try: the Turkish delight treat at the end of the meal!… Read more »

Down The Hatch For Fine Dining, The Arts And Good Living

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High end properties, home to stars of sport and television and the setting for E.Phillips Oppenheim’s whodunnit, ‘Murder Mystery’ and Shelley Weiner’s novel, “The Audacious Mendacity Of Lily Green.”  From the description, you’d be forgiven for thinking that we’re talking about the glitz of the West End or the lofty mews of Mayfair but, in… Read more »

IN PRAISE OF HARROW’S CHILDREN CENTRES

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When my first child was born, the internet wasn’t what it is now. I left Northwick Park Hospital on a winter’s day with my little bundle, a parenting manual and my own nervous instincts to raise my child. That was in the year 2000. Fast forward to 2016 and I left the hospital with my… Read more »

Our Haven Of Heritage – Mapping Harrow’s Blue Plaques

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Despite it’s relatively small size, Harrow has always been a haven for the artistic and the venerable, some of whom gained inspiration from attending the prestigious school and others, such as Sir John Betjeman who only wish that they had.  In his 1954 poem, “Harrow-on-The-Hill”, Betjeman wrote “Then Harrow-on-the-Hill’s a rocky island and Harrow churchyard… Read more »

The Harrow Story: From 500 A.D. to 2017

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It’s often easy to write off your home as some effective backwater unless you find yourself at the heart of some globally-known location – and Harrow, despite being a part of London, is no different. Yet this is unfair. The smallest things can have the greatest significance, and even the (seemingly) most mundane and ordinary… Read more »

The Story of Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow

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Another week, another famous Harrowvian – and this one perhaps one of the most colourful that the borough ever produced. David Edward Sutch was a famous politician and musician of the 1980s and 1990s – founding the Official Monster Raving Loony Party and standing for it in numerous elections. Coining himself the 3rd Earl of… Read more »

Philip Glenister: Life in Harrow to Life on Mars

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Dev Patel – who we looked at last week as part of our ongoing coverage of Harrow’s most famous modern faces – is not the only successful modern thespian to have come from the borough. Philip Glenister – actor of Life on Mars’ and Ashes to Ashes’ Gene Hunt, amongst numerous other popular roles –… Read more »

Dev Patel: From Rayners Lane to the Oscars

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With the release of Lion – the critically-acclaimed story of one man’s search for his lost family – this month has marked the return of one of the borough’s biggest current names to the big-screen. With this in mind, and with past weeks’ having featured previous popular figures to have emerged from the borough, it… Read more »

A Famous Harrow Resident: Claire Rayner

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Following the trend of looking at some of the most famous people to have lived in Harrow, this week’s article features a woman who lived in the borough for longer than most, and who, even as a nationally-known celebrity, still took the time to be a staple of the local community. An icon for a… Read more »