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Lockdown – how different this time ?

In the spring Hoxton Beach sold takeaway falafel, hot dishes, food, bread, hot drinks and groceries from our cafe in Chatsworth Road E5. This time we hope our main landlord for the parks cafés the City of London Corporation will let us operate the cafés in Queens Park, Hampstead Heath and Highgate Wood in the same way, given that most advice is that Covid 19 is transmitted largely indoors and that access to parks is important to peoples’ wellbeing. We will also look to restart and expand our home delivery service, this time operating locally from all our cafés and not, like last time, just from Parliament Hill Lido. We have changed our website to make local ordering possible and get this running by Wednesday.

Cutting up cheese for a customer’s home delivery from Parliament Hill Fields during lockdown in late April

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Wind and Rain — New Music this weekend at Highgate and Queens Park

On Sunday we are delighted to welcome Helena Kay (Tenor Sax) to Queens Park with Nick Costley-White (Guitar) and also on Sunday at Highgate trumpeter Dylan Jones and Dani Diodato on guitar. Constantly changing weather forecasts have made it hard to pin down which if either weekend day will be dry, but we have gazebos at least for the artists. As always if you enjoy the music we will be grateful for any contributions to the fund set up by the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund to support musicians who can’t get work because of Covid-19.

Trumpeter Dylan Jones — ‘a beast’, according to his peers