Welcome to The Belsize Society website

Eton Avenue – credit: Luke Collins

The Belsize Society is a charity of over 500 household members who seek to preserve the character of the area by keeping a close eye on planning and environment issues. We work with local public bodies to improve the quality of local services and we promote a greater sense of community by providing information about local issues and holding social events. We publish a quarterly Newsletter and an annual booklet of recommendations for Tradesmen You Can Trust.

Find out more About Us, About Belsize and join The Belsize Society here.
BRA information is now available on the BRA Archive pages.
Details of our Data Protection Policy, may be seen here.

The August Newsletter of the Belsize Society is available as a pdf which may be found here but you can also link to articles below.

News & Issues

See all current news and issues, or read a post below:

  • Veolia Camden – September Newsletter - Veolia Camden have just issued their first ECO Newsletter which will be published quarterly. Contents include Veolia developments in Camden plus hints and tips to minimise waste and other useful information. See it in full here Read more
  • HS2: Further works on Adelaide Road - Works are continuing to set up the Adelaide Road site. HS2 wrote last month to let you know that the traffic management on Adelaide Road would last until the end of September. However, due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on the supply chain, current temporary lane closures and traffic… Read more
  • Camden Planning Guidance; new drafts and updates - Camden is consulting on two new drafts for Home Improvements and Housing plus updates on Amenities (air quality; basements; community, leisure and pub uses; design; employment, energy efficiency and adaptation; planning for health and wellbeing; town centres; transport). To see what is being proposed and comment, please go to www.camden.gov.uk/cpg.… Read more

Features & Comments

See all current features and comments, or read a post below:

  • A Celebration of Robert Stephenson - Peter Darley of the Camden Railway Heritage Trail introduces us to local industrial heritage. There had never been a project approaching the size and complexity of the London & Birmingham Railway (L&BR), the first railway authorised to extend into London as far as the New Road (now the Euston Road) for passenger services. Yet Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) was appointed engineer-in-chief for the whole line in September 1833, when not yet thirty. He spent the next ten years working for the L&BR, living first in Downshire Hill in Hampstead, and… Read more
  • New Book about Belsize: The Harlots of Haverstock Hill  - The drama series “Harlots” features Georgian London’s most valuable commercial activity – sex. Series one and two will be aired back to back on BBC Two from August. Significantly, Belsize had its own Harlots in the 18th century, and this fascinating story is told in the new book by David S Percy, The Harlots of Haverstock Hill. The Harlots of Haverstock Hill is an account of the remarkable life of “Moll” King, an 18th century madam or brothel-keeper, an ambitious and opportunistic woman who rose from humble beginnings in the streets… Read more
  • Belsize Park air quality survey – the results are in - Teresa Poole, BelSoc Committee Member who oversaw the pollution monitoring project, writes: Results from the community air quality monitoring study in Belsize Park / Swiss Cottage show three of our 10 locations breached the annual legal limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and several other sites experienced high levels during winter months. (The survey was funded by the Community Infrastructure Levy and Belsize Society was supported by Camden Council’s Air Quality Officers, to whom we owe our thanks. The coronavirus lockdown meant we could not hold the planned public meeting… Read more