West Hampstead offers a vibrant cafe culture, impressive architecture and has a fantastic energy and community feel. This area has grown in popularity over recent years, is known for its thriving and friendly community, with lively bars and cool venues, coffee shops and a popular farmers market. This sought-after area is home to the generations of families who have chosen to stay in the area, making it a haven for young professionals and families looking for a choice of homes. The collection of boutiques, restaurants and cafes also acts as a social hub where there are regular community meetings. Goldschmidt & Howland is recognised as the leading Estate Agent and Letting Agent in the area.
With all the benefits and amenities of the surrounding areas like Hampstead, Swiss Cottage and Kilburn, West Hampstead offers an impressive selection of boutiques restaurants and cafes. The weekly West Hampstead Farmers’ Market attracts a host of local traders, showcasing everything from an artisan bakery, organic fruit and veg, local poultry and game and provides the perfect opportunity to sample some of the surrounding areas best produce and tasty street food. West End Lane is one of the oldest streets in the district and is home to an array of boutiques and independently owned retailers, including ‘West End Books’ and ‘Flowerstalk Florist’. The area is well located for shopping locations including St John’s Wood High Street, The O2 Centre, Brent Cross Shopping Centre (4.8 miles) and London’s can also be easily reached.
With a mixture of independently owned eateries and chain-restaurants in the area, some of the favourite local restaurants include ‘Wet Fish Cafe’ for a weekend brunch, and the award-winning pan-Asian eatery “Banana Tree”.
For late night cocktails and craft beers, the modern aesthetic of ‘Alice House’ serving jam-jar cocktails and British gin always pulls in a good crowd and is open until 1 am. For sunny evenings the ‘Black Lion Pub’ has an outdoor terrace and split level back garden and is located in the heart of West Hampstead.
Situated a short distance from 320 Hecatres of London’s largest parklands, Hampstead Heath is an area of natural beauty within the city, with the summit of Parliament Hill offering a focal point for visitors to the area for generations with its fantastic views of the city skyline, with prominent buildings such as The Shard, The Gherkin and historic landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral. This popular park is perfect for all manner of outdoor pursuits. Also home to three open-air swimming pools, perfect for the summer! This beautiful space hosts year-round events from art festivals, open-air concerts to fun-fair this space plays a vital role in local living and is a great attraction for families looking to move to the area. Parliament Hill Lido is a 60x27m uncovered and unheated swimming pool, open every day of the year this is internationally famous and has a community of swimmers that embrace the elements all year round!
Local Kilburn Grange Park is 3.2 hectares of local open space and includes a children’s play area, basketball court, outdoor gym equipment and tennis courts perfect for families with young children.
A major draw to West Hampstead is the excellent transport links. West Hampstead tube station (Jubilee Line) in zone 2and West Hampstead overground station which offers a Thameslink service to St Pancras, South London, Stratford International and even as far as Brighton! The area is well positioned for M Roads and the A1 North. By bus, the 139 travels South to Waterloo and the 189 to Oxford Service both offer 24-hour services. The 328 to Chelsea and the C11 to Archway both pass through the heart of West Hampstead.
Originally just a quiet hamlet, the most intensive period of building was from 1894 and is reflected in the striking Victorian red-brick homes and impressive mansion blocks. West Hampstead’s residential properties vary from predominantly terraced period houses, art-deco inspired townhouses to grand blocks of spacious apartments both Mansion styled and more recently joined by striking modern architecture.
Council Tax Annual Rates for Camden 2018/2019
(Source London Borough of Camden)
The name ‘West Hampstead’ didn’t exist until the 30th June 1879, before which it was known as the ‘West End’. When National Rail opened ‘West End Station’ now known as ‘West Hampstead Station’ in 1871 the area grew significantly in popularity, however, due to its prominent transport links the area became a target in WW2, meaning much of the area had to be rebuilt after the war.