July 8, 2015


We have a limited number of tickets for the hit play ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ at the Phoenix Theatre on Wednesday 12 August 2015.

Ticket price is £16.

Please email housing@zebrahousing.com to make a reservation, quoting your name, address and number of tickets you require.

July 5, 2015


The annual free showcase of the most talented portraitists is back at the National Portrait Gallery. This year the competition had a record-breaking 2,748 entries — subjects include famous people, nudes, family portraits and photo-realism. Free entry, until 20 September

July 5, 2015

London’s Biggest Beaches Are Back

Summer is here, the sun is (sometimes) shining, and sand is returning to London’s streets in the form of pop-up urban beaches.

Unsurprisingly, Camden Beach at Roundhouse is back for its fourth year; 150 tonnes of sand will grace the venue’s terrace, setting the scene for food and drink pop-ups to keep beach goers fed and watered until home time. It’s free to visit, although on the hottest days, you might find yourself tussling for towel space with, well, most of the rest of London (unless you’re lucky enough to blag yourself a deckchair).


JW3 Jewish Centre on Finchley Road offers a family-friendly urban beach. The Beach at JW3 officially launches on 12 July (although it’s open a week before that, for keen beach goers), with entertainment for the whole family. Deckchairs, games, music and an in-built paddling pool and splash area all take up residence on the sand, and ZEST café bar will be serving up drinks and snacks.


But both of these seaside set ups look likely to be trumped by The Beach at Brent Cross, claiming to be London’s biggest ever urban beach, and boasting over 250,000 tonnes of sand and 100 palm trees, plus a paddling area. After all, nothing says summer like building a sandcastle while the traffic crawls past on the North Circular.


There is a £3 entry charge, but for that you get the full British seaside experience, with games, Punch and Judy shows, children’s fairground rides, a log flume, roller coaster, and one of the last remaining original helter skelter slides (extra charge for the rides). Food and drinks are available to buy.

Camden Beach is open 17 July-23 August.  Entry is free (charge + booking required for beach huts).The Beach at JW3 is open 5 July-31 August (closed Saturdays). Entry is free (charge + booking for some events). The Beach at Brent Cross is open daily 10 July-2 September, 12pm-10pm. Entry is £3. 

Other urban beaches in London this summer:


July 5, 2015

Post barbecue thoughts from the Alison, Zebra Chair

Alison Ahearn is the Chair of Zebra. She also teaches undergrad and post grad students at Imperial College. She talked to a lot of residents at the barbecue. A couple of themes arose from her conversations.


Some tenants said they liked the party so much that they want social events in their own houses. What do you think? We could ask the wardens to organise something maybe in a local café?


She also ended up talking to a group of PhD students about how to handle tricky interviews. She deals with lots of such questions in her job and so wondered about whether she should run an event for tenants focusing on the most common PhD woes and what her usual advice is.  Again what do you think? Let us know.