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A Short Guide to Primrose Hill

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Primrose Hill is a hill of 213 feet (65 m) which is located on the northern side of Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill is also the surrounding neighbourhood. The top of the hill is one of the most popular vantage points in London giving clear views of central London.

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This part of London was part of a large forest and there is evidence that trees populated the hill’s slopes until the fourteenth century. The summit had been cleared long before that and there are suggestions part of the hill was used as a burial mound, this part of Primrose Hill became known as ‘Barrow Hill’ which survived until the 19th century when it was levelled to accommodate a large water reservoir.

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Like many London parks, Primrose Hill was once part of a great chase which was appropriated by Henry VIII and was then owned by Eton College until 1841 when it became Crown property and secured as a public open space. Primrose Hill with its proximity to central London has been a popular landmark for centuries attracting a large number of writers, poets and artists.

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On the summit is a stone with a William Blake inscription, which reads: I have conversed with the spiritual sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill. Watching the sunrise or the sunset from the top of the hill is a popular attraction for a large number of people. The hill has been popular for less savoury pastimes, Duels and prize-fights have taken place and in the 17th century, Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey was found mysteriously murdered on the hill.

From the 19th century, residential development around Primrose Hill has created one of the more fashionable districts in London between the centre and the suburbs. Fortunately this development all around the hill did not to fulfilment of the prophecy of Mother Shipton, England’s most famous prophetess of the 16th century who said that when London shall surround Primrose Hill the streets of the metropolis will run with blood.

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The hill and the area has been a popular place to live for a large number of writers and have featured in a large number of books. It has also been popular with musicians, the Beatles, Madness and Loudon Wainwright III are just a few to be inspired.

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The Primrose Hill district is surrounded by St Johns Wood, Swiss Cottage, Belsize park, Chalk Farm, Camden and Regent’s Park is south of the hill. The nearest underground stations to Primrose Hill are Chalk Farm and Swiss Cottage.

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County Championship Cricket : Middlesex v Somerset – 22nd to 25th May 2016

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Middlesex’s achievement in finishing second to Yorkshire in the last season’s County Championship masked their lack of success in limited-overs cricket. To address some of these deficiencies, Middlesex have turned to New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, whose international retirement will allow him to show his considerable skills on a regular basis.

With Malan and Robson both potentially making a lot of runs and the bowling skills of Mitchell McClenaghan and Ravi Patel, Middlesex have the potential to challenge Yorkshire for the Championship but need to improve dramatically to feature in the later stages of the limited overs competitions.

Somerset had a disappointing 2015 season and will need to improve to challenge in this year’s championship.

History

The Middlesex County Cricket Club was officially founded in 1864 and played their first game in 1864 against Sussex County Cricket Club at the Cattle Market Ground Islington.

It was not until 1877 that Middlesex found a permanent home with an agreement with Marylebone Cricket Club to use Lord’s Cricket Ground in St John’s Wood, the Home of Cricket.

Middlesex had to wait until the 1903 season before they crowned County Champions for the first time.  Further success came Middlesex’s way in 1920,1921 and 1947 with a side that featured Denis Compton, Bill Edrich and Jack Robertson, in 1949 Middlesex shared the County Championship title with Yorkshire.

In 1970s, Middlesex had their most successful decade winning four County Championship titles and two Gillette Cup successes in 1977 and 1980.  Even more success followed with three more Championship titles, the NatWest Trophy twice in 1984 and 1988, the Benson & Hedges Cup in 1983 and 1986 and the Sunday League in 1992.

However, the 21st century saw the club in decline and relegated to the second tier of the County Championship in 2006, there has a small revival in recent years when Middlesex won the Twenty20 Cup in 2008 and promotion back to the top flight of the County Championship in 2011

Tickets

Lord’s Cricket Ground hosts fixtures from all levels of the game, the way tickets are sold differs vastly.

Whereas for Test Matches and ODIs tickets are highly sought-after and the Ground regularly sold out well in advance, for the majority of its match days there are plenty of seats available at the Home of Cricket, with tickets available to buy from the Ground.

County matches classed as Major Matches are Middlesex’s NatWest T20 Blast fixtures and the Royal London One-Day Cup Final.

Tickets for international matches are sold in advance, as are Middlesex’s NatWest T20 Blast matches, the Royal London One-Day Cup Final and a handful of other games.

Remaining tickets for these fixtures are sold on the gate on the day of the match

‘Minor Matches’

For smaller matches however, including all Middlesex’s LV= County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup Group fixtures, tickets are often only available to purchase from Lord’s on the day.

This is the case for all of Middlesex’s LV= County Championship matches, as well as their Royal London One-Day Cup group fixtures.

If you would like further information or buy tickets, visit the Middlesex website here

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Review : Yasmeen Lebanese Restaurant in St John’s Wood

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Since St John’s Wood was developed from the early 19th century, its mixture of attractive villas and terraces have always been a highly desirable residential district. Athough mainly residential, St John’s Wood’s close proximity to Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill means it has a steady flow of visitors who often visit the main attractions of the area which include Lord’s Cricket Ground and Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles recorded some of their greatest hits. Outside the studios is probably one of the most famous road crossing in the world which was featured on the band’s Abbey Road album cover.

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For all the obvious attractions of the area, I was searching for a more recent attraction, the Yasmeen Lebanese Restaurant. Located in the quiet and attractive Blenheim Terrace, the Yasmeen has only been open for six months but has already built up a reputation for great food and service. It is already an award winner being the Highly Commended Restaurant Of The Year 2015 in the FSB London Business Awards.

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The attractive exterior of the restaurant features the Jasmine flower after which the restaurant is named, reflecting the flower’s  symbolic  importance in many Arabic countries. The interior  has been designed to evoke traditional Lebanese design and hospitality, many of the tables are in the light and airy conservatory that opens onto an attractive outside terrace. The friendly and attentive staff  were on hand to offer the menu and the extensive wine list which included a good selection of Lebanese wine.

For those unfamiliar with Lebanese cuisine, it is often based on a wide range of small dishes that provide a mixture of colours, flavours, textures and aromas. Lebanese food is considered a very healthy cuisine with many vegetarian options where the freshness and quality of ingredients are vitally important. Chicken and Lamb dishes are often grilled with many dishes flavoured by seasoning of lemon juice, olive oil, herbs, spices and garlic.

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The Yasmeen’s well balanced  menu reflects traditional Lebanese cuisine with some interesting innovations, to taste a wider range as possible I selected a range of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. Falafel and Kibbeh can often be a disappointment in some Lebanese establishments, but those produced here were crispy in the outside but moist and full of flavour on the inside. The tasty Sambousek are small pastries with either cheese and meat fillings perfect for dipping into the accompying Hummus. The grilled Halloumi Cheese melted in the mouth with a large salad providing plenty of taste and flavour. Traditional Lebanese flat bread was also provided.

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The starters illustrated good things come in small packages, however my fondness for chargrilled Lamb ensured I did not over indulge too much. Lamb is a speciality of Lebanese food and the Yasmeen offers a range of Lamb dishes. The Sharhat Meshwi offered a succelent grilled Fillet of Lamb with accompanying rice, it was cooked to perfection with all the flavour of good quality lamb.

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The range of desserts is impressive with traditional Lebanese puddings, fruit and ice cream, however I decided to taste the restaurant’s home-made baklava. Baklava are small layered pastries with almonds, pistachios or pine kernels. Each baklava produced a small explosion of taste as you bite through the layers, this was without doubt the best baklava I had ever eaten.

I have enjoyed some meals at Lebanese restaurants but the Yaseem takes the cuisine to a different level, even the familiar dishes are a surprise for the quality and freshness of flavour. Often the difference between a good restaurant and a outstanding one is attention to detail in the food, service and ambience. Yaseem ticks all the boxes with the added bonus of reasonable prices that offer tremendous value for money.  With takeaway and outdoor catering elements to the business, Yaseem offers top quality Lebanese food in the restaurant and within your own home.

If you would like further information or book a table, visit the Yasmeen website here

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