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A North London Walk: Hampstead, Gospel Oak & Kentish Town - Little Observationist
My first job in London (and first job after university) some 9 years ago was as a marketing assistant for Jiq Jaq, an small art gallery at the top of Heath Street in Hampstead. The white walls were filled with abstract paintings by owner and painter Jacqueline K Crofton. She took me to her home studio a few times in Golders Green to watch as she tossed paint on her canvases in a flurry of energy, later adding in delicate details like gold leaf. I loved being surrounded by colour and creativity every day. On my lunch breaks, I would wander through the wooded areas of Hampstead Heath, gulping in breaths of fresh air, listening to the sounds of nature far from the high street: the chirping birds, the rustle of leaves beneath my feet, squirrels scampering up tree trunks. Other days, I’d walk back down the hill for one of London’s best crepes at Le Creperie, a steaming cone of dripping cheese, ham and spinach (or chocolate, rum and banana). Whenever I go back to North London, I remember those days. I think back on weekly open mic nights at The Flask that I would go to with friends, …