St John’s Wood

St Johns Wood – what’s it all about?

A grand and tranquil village in the heart of London, St John’s Wood is one of the city’s most upmarket residential locations. With elegant villa style family housing that sweeps along the side of Regent’s Park, and an attractive high street filled with boutiques, it’s a neighbourhood professionals flock to; there is also the added bonus that it is one of the capital’s property hotspots, where house prices regularly hit new highs.

 

From St John’s Wood it’s a brisk, beautiful walk into town, or just two tube stops into Bond Street. Although just moments from the West End, at weekends there is little reason to leave this delightful enclave, with bars and restaurants aplenty. Picturesque Little Venice along the canal to the west, the stunning rose gardens and outdoor sports areas of Regent’s Park on its doorstep, and gorgeous views from Primrose Hill for those undaunted by the climb.

Young professionals who start London life here can rarely be persuaded to leave: once drawn by its bars and busy high street, later in life they stay for the good schools and strong multi-cultural community and the area’s village like feel which is protected by the St John’s Wood Society.

Fact file

St John’s Wood was the favoured place for Victorian gentlemen to keep their mistresses. Close enough to town but far enough from their Mayfair and Knightsbridge homes to avoid suspicion. The exiled Napoleon III kept Elizabeth Anne Howard at a residence in Circus Road.

Architecture and property

Once part of the Great Forest of Middlesex, St John’s Wood inherited its name from the medieval owners, the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. The way of life here remained pastoral until the early 19th century, when building began. The architects wanted to maintain the air of rural charm, abandoning traditional terraces in favour of grand Italianate villas, Cottage Ornés and Victorian Gothic pairs. This rural retreat, so close to London, attracted artists and philosophers, who were later joined by craftsmen and wealthy merchants, whose shops and outlets gave the area the village feel it retains to this day. In the 1960s St John’s Wood was designated a Conservation Area, and many of the houses are protected by English Heritage. Modern luxury blocks, complete with porters and private leisure facilities, thrive here too.
House hunters will find a mix of mansion flats, contemporary apartments and detached villa style housing here, the most exclusive examples of which are on Avenue Road

Going out

Whether locals are looking for a cosy fireplace, or a glass of wine and some tasty treats, St John’s Wood has an array of pubs and gastropubs to suit every taste. The Duke of York is warm and welcoming with a bar and casual dining area usually full of well heeled locals. Just a stone’s throw from the West End and Soho, residents don’t need to leave St John’s Wood for an excellent night out. The famous Oslo Court on Charlbert Street and The Ivy Cafe on St John’s Wood High Street are reliable and always busy.  The Winery on nearby Clifton Road in Little Venice is one of west London’s best independent wine shops and hosts regular tastings for locals.

Local amenities

  • Home to over 12,000 animals, London Zoo opened in 1828, and is the world’s oldest scientific zoo.
    • St John’s Wood is also home to the world renowned, Lord’s Cricket Ground. This historic English landmark hosts matches from county sides to international tests. Tours of the grounds are held daily.
    • St John’s High Streethas an excellent range of unique and more familiar shops, with a special emphasis on family.
    • The St John’s Wood libraryhas two monthly books clubs, one specifically for crime fiction fans.
    • There are Sainsbury’sand Waitrose stores about a mile away on Finchley Road, but great local delis abound. Harry Morgan’s is a must visit: what was once a tiny takeaway deli is now the largest and most famous New York style deli restaurant in London. Panzer’s Deli perfectly serves the needs of international residents, stocking foods from all over the world.
    • For those St John’s Wood families too busy to pop to the shops, the butcher Kent & Sonswill deliver any order placed before 11am by 1pm on the same day.

    and is always busy.

Green spaces – so much to choose from!

Stroll to the top of Primrose Hill and take in the dramatic views of London. It’s a favourite celebrity haunt in summer, so keep your eyes peeled for Jamie and Jools Oliver, Daniel Craig and Harry Styles. Nearby Regent’s Park boasts 410 acres of beautiful green space, with the largest outdoor sports centre in Central London, boating lakes and stunning rose gardens. A disused graveyard, St John’s Wood Church Grounds is the only Local Nature Reserve in the City of Westminster. The attractive park regularly wins prizes and has received the Green Flag Award for excellent green spaces since 2004. Facilities include a playground, formal gardens and a wildlife area.

Transport 

There are great transport links with the tube, overland rail services and bus options aplenty:

Tube: St John’s Wood underground station in Zone 2 is on the Jubilee Line and links with Bond Street in just 5 minutes. Nearby South Hampstead station is on the well connected Overground line.

Rail: Overland services from nearby Paddington and Marylebone stations provide links with Heathrow, Birmingham, Bristol, the West Country and Wales.

Bus: There are several local bus routes connecting in all directions, including the 13 (to Aldwych), the 46 (to Farringdon), the 82 (to Victoria), the 139 (to Waterloo) and the 274 (to Islington). There are also two night buses – the N13 and the N113.

Education

St Johns Wood has strong ties in education with a number of universities close by. There are many good primary schools to choose from, as well as two well regarded state secondaries. Arnold HouseAbercorn PlaceSt Christina’sSt John’s Wood Pre Prep and Francis Holland are further options for those interested in private education. The American School and the French Lycée both offer alternatives to the traditional British education system.













Barrow Hill Junior School

Bridgeman Street
St John’s Wood, London
NW8 7AL

Tel: 02076415005
www.bhjs.co.uk

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 7 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Gateway Academy

Capland Street
London
NW8 8LN

Tel: 0207234977
www.gateway-academy.co.uk

Type: Academy converter
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
George Eliot Primary School

Marlborough Hill
St Johns Wood, London
NW8 0NH

Tel: 02077222000
www.georgeeliotschool.co.uk

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Robinsfield Infant School

Mazenod Avenue
London
NW6 4LS

Tel: 02076244837
www.steugene.camden.sch.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Roman Catholic
Age range: 4 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Harris Academy St John’s Wood

Marlborough Hill
London
NW8 0NL
Tel: 02077228141

Type: Academy sponsor ledl
Religious Character: None
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
Portman Early Childhood Centre

4 Lilestone Street
London
NW8 8SU

Tel: 02076415436

Type: Local authority nursery
Religious Character: None
Age range: 2 to 5 years
Gender: Mixed
7 Abbey Road and Regents Park Children’s Centre Information Point

St John’s Wood Library
20 Circus Road, London
NW8 6PD

Tel: 0207-641-6488

Type:  Children’s centre linked site
Abercorn School

28 Abercorn Place
London
NW8 9XP

Tel: 02072864785

Type: Children’s centre
Arnold House School

1-3 Loudoun Rd
St John’s Wood, London
NW8 0LH

Tel: 02072664840
www.arnoldhouse.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 5 to 13 years
Gender: Mixed
Beachcroft AP Academy

35 Finchley Road
London
NW8 0NW

Tel: 02031080345
www.tbap.org.uk/beachcroft

Type: Academy alternative provision converter
Religious Character: None
Age range: 5 to 16 years
Gender: Mixed
North East Locality Hub Lead – Portman Early Childhood Centre

Church Street Children Centre
The Portman Early Childhood Centre, London
NW8 8DE

Tel: 020-7641-5435/6
www.westminster.gov.uk/childrenscentre

Type: Children’s centre
St Christina’s School

25 St Edmund’s Terrace
Primrose Hill, London
NW8 7PY

Tel: 02077228784
www.saintchristinas.org.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: Roman Catholic
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St John’s Wood Pre-Preparatory School

Lord’s Roundabout
London
NW8 7NE

Tel: 02077227149
www.sjwpre-prep.org.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 3 to 7 years
Gender: Mixed
The American School in London

1 Waverley Place
London
NW8 0NP

Tel: 02074491200
www.asl.org

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 4 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed

Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill – what’s it all about?

Very smart, desirable and attractively clustered, Primrose Hill is known for one of the best views in London. Its celebrity residents have also given the area an artistic and bohemian edge. With Regent’s Canal to the south, Euston to the east and northern sides, and by Primrose Hill itself on the west, the area has become increasingly sought-after and affluent since the 1960s which is reflected in the upmarket restaurants, pubs, bars and boutiques that have popped up alongside its residential streets. Its exclusivity is reflected with minimal development and its residents valuing comfortable living spaces, privacy, peace and quiet, and quality food and drink within a few minutes’ walk of their front door.

Fact file

  • Primrose Hill has been so called since the 15th century simply because of the multitude of flowers that grew on its slopes.
  • The ‘Primrose Hill set’, a term coined by the newspapers for the many celebrities that moved to the area in the 1990s including actors, models and musicians Sienna Miller, Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Kate Moss, Ewan McGregor, Patsy Kensit and the Gallagher brothers to name but a few.

Architecture and property

The majority of properties, which are protected under a conservation order, are stately three or four storey Victorian houses with exposed London brick or plastered white giving the area a grand feel.  Chalcot Square in particular is a vision in pastels, with townhouses overlooking a small fenced park with wooden swings and benches. There are some post-war purpose-built blocks at the northern end of Primrose Hill Road, and the southern end of Gloucester Avenue.

Going out

There are some very well-established local favourites, Lemonia who offers fabulous and authentic Mediterranean dishes in its large always busy restaurant, established for over 30 years. Odette’s has been around for even longer, and the one and only Oslo Court  located next to the lobby in this block of flats, which first started serving local clientele nearly 40 years ago.

Nearby Camden offers plenty of nightlife with a buzzing late-night scene of bars, live music and clubs as well as the Roundhouse, which has played host to many music legends. It’s now the home of the BBC Electric Proms and numerous festivals, concerts and shows. The Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park is one of the oldest such venues in the world, putting on concerts and plays alike

Local amenities

  • Home to over 12,000 animals, London Zoo opened in 1828, and is the world’s oldest scientific zoo.
    • St John’s Wood is also home to the world renowned, Lord’s Cricket Ground. This historic English landmark hosts matches from county sides to international tests. Tours of the grounds are held daily.
    • St John’s High Streethas an excellent range of unique and more familiar shops, with a special emphasis on family.
    • The St John’s Wood libraryhas two monthly books clubs, one specifically for crime fiction fans.
    • There are Sainsbury’sand Waitrose stores about a mile away on Finchley Road, but great local delis abound. Harry Morgan’s is a must visit: what was once a tiny takeaway deli is now the largest and most famous New York style deli restaurant in London. Panzer’s Deli perfectly serves the needs of international residents, stocking foods from all over the world.
    • For those St John’s Wood families too busy to pop to the shops, the butcher Kent & Sonswill deliver any order placed before 11am by 1pm on the same day.

    and is always busy.

Green space

Primrose Hill – offering the most spectacular views.  Take it all in by sitting on the grass and letting any unwanted stress subside. Although it’s only 213 feet high you can see London Zoo, Big Ben, the BT Tower, London Eye and then on to Crystal Palace on the far horizon.

Transport 

Camden Road station is an 18 minute walk away with eight trains an hour to Stratford (25 mins). South Hampstead station is a 25 minute walk away, with three trains an hour to Euston (10 mins).

Tube: Chalk Farm underground station is an eight minute walk from the hill itself, and is on the Edgware branch of the Northern line. Camden Town tube is around 15 minutes’ walk in the other direction.

Bus: The 31, 274 and C11 all run nearby. Camden and Swiss Cottage have many more buses passing through.

Road: Parking is on the road for most houses, but streets within Primrose hill are quiet. Once outside, north London’s main routes tend to be congested at peak times.

Cycle: Cycling in the area is pleasant, with the Regent’s Canal cycle path a useful and quiet method for getting around. There’s also a TFL bike hire station on Gloucester Avenue.

Getting away: By car, you can get to St Pancras International in 10 minutes, the M1 in 20, Heathrow in 45 and City Airport in 50. Public transport gets you to St Pancras International in 20 minutes, City Airport in an hour and Heathrow in 70 minutes.

Education

Primrose Hill PrimarySt Paul’s Church of EnglandRhyl Primary and Hawley Primary, as well as St Christina’s Catholic Primary School in nearby St John’s Wood are top Primary School options. For secondary education, Haverstock School in Chalk Farm and Regent High School in Camden are state options, while the independent Fine Arts College is close by in Hampstead.

















Barrow Hill Junior School

Bridgeman Street
St John’s Wood, London
NW8 7AL

Tel: 02076415005
www.bhjs.co.uk

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 7 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Hawley Primary School

Hawley Road
London
NW1 8RP

Tel: 02074855020
www.hawley.camden.sch.uk

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Holy Trinity and Saint Silas CofE Primary School, NW1

Hartland Road
London
NW1 8DE

Tel: 02072670771
www.holytrinitynw1.camden.sch.uk

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Primrose Hill School

Princess Road
London
NW1 8JL

Tel: 02077228500
www.primrosehill.camden.sch.uk

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 2 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St Paul’s Church of England Primary School

Elsworthy Road
Primrose Hill, London
NW3 3DS

Tel: 02077227381
www.stpauls.camden.sch.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 4 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
The UCL Academy

Adelaide Road
Camden
NW3 3AQ

Tel: 02074493080
www.uclacademy.co.uk

Type: Academy sponsor ledl
Religious Character: None
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
Camden Centre for Learning (CCfL) Special School

Harmood Street
Camden, London

Tel: 02079743953
ccfl.camden.sch.uk

Type: Community special school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 11 to 16 years
Gender: Mixed
CCfL Key Stage 3 PRU

Harmood Street
Camden, London
NW1 8DP

Tel: 02079743953
ccfl.camden.sch.uk

Type:  Pupil referral unit
Religious Character: None
Age range: 11 to 14 years
Gender: Mixed
Central School of Speech and Drama

64 Eton Avenue
Swiss Cottage, London
NW3 3HY

Tel: 02077228183
www.cssd.ac.uk

Type: Higher education institutions
Gender: Mixed
Harmood Children’s Centre

1 Forge Place
Ferdinand Street, Camden
NW1 8DQ

Tel: 020-7974-8961

Type: Children’s centre
North Bridge House Prep School

1 Gloucester Avenue
London
NW1 7AB

Tel: 02072676266

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 7 to 13 years
Gender: Mixed
Sarum Hall School

15 Eton Avenue
London
NW3 3EL

Tel: 02077942261
https://www.sarumhallschool.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Girls
St Christina’s School

25 St Edmund’s Terrace
Primrose Hill, London
NW8 7PY

Tel: 02077227149
www.sjwpre-prep.org.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 3 to 7 years
Gender: Mixed
St John’s Wood Pre-Preparatory School

Lord’s Roundabout
London
NW8 7NE

Tel: 02077227149
www.sjwpre-prep.org.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 3 to 7 years
Gender: Mixed
Swiss Cottage School – Development & Research Centre

80 Avenue Road
London
NW8 6HX

Tel: 02076818080
www.swisscottage.camden.sch.uk

Type: Community special school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 2 to 19 years
Gender: Mixed
The Cavendish School

31 Inverness Street
London
NW1 7HB

Tel: 02074851958
www.cavendish-school.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: Roman Catholic
Age range: 2 to 11 years
Gender: Girls
Trevor-Roberts School

55-57 Eton Avenue
London
NW3 3ET

Tel: 02075861444

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 4 to 13 years
Gender: Mixed

Regents Park

Regents Park – what’s it all about?

Home to the London Zoo and many social events throughout the calendar, Regent’s Park is one of London’s leading royal parks. Designed by John Nash, the park is a secluded haven in the centre of London. The park is part of the Crown Estate and is home to some of London’s most beautiful stylish white stucco terraced homes and famously the John Nash villas

Fact file

Regent’s Park is 166 hectares, or 410.2 acres, in size. The outer circle is 4.3 kilometres long and the inner circle is 1.3 km. The inner circle also contains Queen Mary’s Gardens which has more than 30,000 roses of 400 different varieties.

In January 1867, at least 200 people fell into the freezing waters of the main lake when the ice broke. At least 40 people died as a result and park authorities drained the lake to a depth of four feet to ensure it could never happen again.

Architecture and property

The Regent’s Park Terraces are London’s finest example of scenic architecture. They define the space. John Nash designed a full elevation for the buildings enclosing Regent’s Park and was then involved with the detailed design of Cumberland Terrace, Chester Terrace, Cambridge Terrace, York Terrace, Sussex Place, Hanover Terrace and Kent Terrace home to some of the UK’s finest and most expensive homes.

What to do in Regent’s Park

Where to start?

Regent’s Park is amazingly diverse in terms of what it has to offer visitors, ranging from wide-open playing fields and wildflower grassland to more secluded woodland, wetland and reedbeds and don’t forget the numerous children’s playgrounds, rose garden, bird walks and famous pedalos.

The world famous zoo situated on the northern edge of the park, houses a collection of 755 species of animals, making it one of the largest collections in the UK is a must for any visitor or resident.

Don’t miss the Open Air Theatre with one of the largest auditoria in London and the oldest, professional, permanent outdoor theatre in Britain. It offers a range of theatre, music, comedy and film events each year from May to September.

There is a range of sporting activities ranging from informal sports and running to group activities such as exercise classes, rugby, football and softball on offer.

Transport 

Regents Park is on the Bakerloo, Hammersmith & City and Jubilee tube lines.

Bus travel is easy – there’s the number 18 from Euston, 205 from Queen Mary University, 74 from Queensgate and 88 from Embankment to name but a few.

 

The North Circular is a 35 minute drive away, and a number of other major motorways are in close reach, including the M1, M4, M11 and M25, as well as the A41.

Travel is easy from Regents Park, whether you’re heading north to Brent Cross shopping centre on the C11 or south into the heart of the city on the 46, 168 or 268.

There is bicycle sharing in Prince Albert Road – take a slow meander and it’s a half hour through the Park to the centre of town, or just 15 minutes via main roads.

To travel further afield, London City Airport is only 45 minutes away by Tube and DLR.

Education

There is a very high concentration of private schools in Regents Park, Fancis Holland School , Northbridge Prep (2 years to 18 years) as well as Regents Park Community College.









Christ Church School

Redhill Street
Camden, London
NW1 4BD

Tel: 02073877881
www.cchurchnw1.camden.sch.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Netley Primary School & Centre for Autism

74 Stanhope Street
London
NW1 3EX

Tel: 02037720350
www.netley.camden.sch.uk

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 2 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Camden Primary Pupil Referral Unit

Robson House
, 74 Stanhope Street, London
NW1 3EX

Tel: 02037720370
www.robsonhouse.org.uk/main

Type: Pupil referral unit
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 5 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Capital City College Group

Regents Park Centre
Longford Street, London
NW1 3HB

Tel: 02077009333
www.capitalccg.ac.uk

Type: Further education
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 14 to 99 years
Gender: Mixed
London Business School

Sussex Place
Regent’s Park, London
NW1 4SA

Tel: 02072625050
www.lbs.lon.ac.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 7 to 13 years
Gender: Mixed
North Bridge House Prep School

1 Gloucester Avenue
London
NW1 7AB

Tel: 02072676266

Type: Higher education
Religious Character: None
Age range:
Gender: Mixed
Regents Park Children’s Centre

Augustus Street
Regents Park
NW1 3TJ

Tel: 020-7974-8934

Type: Children’s centre
Royal Academy of Music

Marylebone Road
London
NW1 5HT

Tel: 02078737373
www.ram.ac.uk

Type: Higher education
Gender: Mixed
The Cavendish School

31 Inverness Street
London
NW1 7HB

Tel: 02074851958
www.cavendish-school.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: Roman Catholic
Age range: 2 to 11 years
Gender: Girls

West Hampstead

West Hampstead – What’s it all about?

With a vibrant mix of cafés, bakeries and quirky boutiques it’s no wonder that there’s a long list of homebuyers patiently waiting in the wings for the perfect family house in West Hampstead. This north-west London neighbourhood has streets lined with charming Victorian houses and smart and spacious mansion flats, plus it has good schools and, along bustling West End Lane, a vibrant mix of cafés, bakeries and quirky independent shops. Even though there is a strong village feel about West Hampstead, its proximity to the vast wild acres of Hampstead’s famous heath is also a big draw for homebuyers.

To live in West Hampstead is to be part of a thriving and friendly community. Many who choose to make their home here remain for decades, so the high street that dominates the area is not merely a great collection of boutiques, restaurants and cafes but also acts as a social hub. In fact, locals are so attached to their North West London enclave and its village vibe that they organise regular community meetings open to all. As a location flanked by Hampstead, Swiss Cottage and Kilburn, West Hampstead allows residents to borrow the best of their neighbours’ amenities. Hampstead Heath is a short walk away, as are the shops, cinemas and leisure complexes of Swiss Cottage and Finchley Road. The three train stations on West End Lane provide easy routes both across London and as far as Brighton. City professionals, young couples and families are drawn to its vibrant cafe culture and impressive architecture. Neighbouring Hampstead Village, with its hilly lanes, alleyways and streets full of independent shops, boutiques and cosy pubs, is a country like getaway in the heart of the city

Architecture and property

Until the arrival of three railway lines, just south of the village, this was a hamlet so quiet that residents claimed to have heard the guns of Waterloo. The 15 years following 1879 was the most intensive period of building in the area and striking Victorian red brick homes and impressive mansion blocks line the neighbourhood’s streets. Most are terraced, but some of the big detached homes that predate the railways remain. Art Deco influences can be seen in several properties, while contemporary architecture is appearing more and more frequently. Handsome townhouses, many of which have been converted into apartments, predominate.
The BAM estate – which takes in Buckingham Mansions in West End Lane; Avenue Mansions in Finchley Road; and Marlborough Mansions in Cannon Hill – has lovely Victorian blocks of spacious, lateral apartments that have huge square footage – some can measure up to 2,000sq ft – and have immaculate communal gardens. The three-bedroom flats are really popular with families and professionals.

There is currently a waiting list of people who are looking to buy a family home in this area – they know what they want and they are willing to wait. The Greek roads, including Achilles, Agamemnon, Ulysses and Narcissus Roads, have big houses that are popular.

The large apartments between Finchley Road and West End Lane are hugely popular with professional couples and some families, particularly on roads such as Fawley Road, Lymington Road and Crediton Hill. Homes within the South Hampstead conservation areas, taking in Compayne Gardens and Greencroft Gardens, are also very sought-after

Going out

From opportunities to explore the nearby heath to dining in a range of superb restaurants and enjoying its vibrant nightlife, West Hampstead offers the best of country and city living.

The Wet Fish Cafe is a local institution, both for its excellent food, popular music and arts events. Don’t leave without trying one of its delicious cocktails. Try Rosa’s for delicious, authentic Thai food and The Gallery is a buzzy neighbourhood bar, loved by locals. The bagels at Roni’s Bagel Bakery are second to none and it’s a favourite place to take children for an after school treat.

The Tricycle Theatre on nearby Kilburn High Road regularly puts on fantastic performances that reflect the diversity of local cultures – performances range from Lionboy, a tale that fuses storytelling with circus, to Bach by Candlelight.

West End Lane Books entertains children with storytime sessions twice a week.

Local amenities

  • The O2 Centreon Finchley Road has a number of eating and shopping options, as well as a cinema and a Virgin Active gym with swimming pool.
  • The West Hampstead Libraryon Dennington Park Road hosts regular events for families and children as well as talks by authors and academics.
  • The Farmers’ Marketat West Hampstead Thameslink station has been running every Saturday since 2012 and is always busy.

Green spaces – so much to choose from!

Kilburn Grange Park boasts a children’s playground, three tennis courts and a floodlit games area with changing rooms. Queen’s Park is a well loved green space with six tennis courts, a 9 hole pitch and putt course, a cafe and even a small zoo. The vast expanse of Hampstead Heath is an ideal location for long walks, and the three natural swimming ponds are popular with locals. Fortune Green is a nearby park that annually appoints an artist in residence to depict the wildlife on the green. Gladstone Park’s 97 acres is home to an art gallery, cafe and sports facilities.

Transport 

West Hampstead Tube station in Zone 2 is on the Jubilee Line, and a journey to Bond Street takes just nine minutes. Overground trains regularly depart for Richmond, Stratford and Clapham Junction.
Trains run from West Hampstead Thameslink station to St Pancras, South London and Brighton.
There are buses that travel south into the city, including the 139 (to Waterloo) and the 189 (to Oxford Circus), both of which are 24 hour services. The 328 (to Chelsea) and the C11 (to Archway) pass through West Hampstead.
Cycle: It’s an easy 30 minute pedal to Oxford Street, but uphill on the way back!

Education

Even with an abundance of schools – 23 primary schools, 7 secondary schools and 3 sixth form colleges – there are plans to expand some of the existing primary schools to provide more places as well as an application has also gone in to form a new free school, West Hampstead International School.








Beckford Primary School

Dornfell Street
West Hampstead, London
NW6 1QL

Tel: 02074358646
www.beckford.camden.sch.uk

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Emmanuel Church of England Primary School

152-158 Mill Lane
West Hampstead, London
NW6 1TF

Tel: 02074317984
www.emmanuel.camden.sch.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Kingsgate Primary School

Kingsgate Road
London
NW6 4LB

Tel: 02076245379
www.kingsgateprimaryschool.org.uk

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St Eugene de Mazenod Roman Catholic Primary School

Mazenod Avenue
London
NW6 4LS

Tel: 02076244837
www.steugene.camden.sch.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Roman Catholic
Age range: 4 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St Mary’s Bryanston Square CofE School

Quex Road
Kilburn, London
NW6 4PG

Tel: 02073726565
www.stmarykilburn.camden.sch.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Broadhurst School

19 Greencroft Gardens
London
NW6 3LP

Tel: 02073284280
www.broadhurstschool.com

Type: Other independent special school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 2 to 5 years
Gender: Mixed
Kilburn Grange childrens centre

1 Palmerston Road
Kilburn
NW6 2JL

Tel: 0207-974-5080

Type: Children’s centre
Rainbow Montessori School

13 Woodchurch Road
London
NW6 3PL

Tel: 02073288986
www.rainbowmontessori.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 3 to 12 years
Gender: Mixed

Marylebone

Marylebone – What’s it all about?

Just minutes away from Oxford Street but miles away in ambience, Marylebone is a surprising pocket of calm located in the very heart of London, close to the trendy East End, glitzy Primrose Hill and cultural sights of the Southbank which are all a short bus or Tube ride away.  With leafy streets and a mix of stately period homes and stylish boutiques, Marylebone is a truly urban village complete with colourful local characters and a weekly farmers’ market. Life centres on the busy high street, full of quaint cafes, independent stores and high end design retailer and don’t miss The Conran Shop – great for design enthusiasts.  Marylebone attracts a mixed bunch of celebrities, City professionals and up and coming young couples as well as its long term residents who live as well as shop here giving a strong community vibe. Cafes and restaurants spill on to pavements and you’re unlikely to have a coffee without bumping into a friendly neighbour.

Fact file

Britain’s first heart transplant was successfully carried out at the National Heart Hospital in Marylebone; famous past Marylebone residents include chronicler Charles Dickens, inventor Charles Babbage and rock legend Jimi Hendrix.

Marylebone is home to some of London’s most important cultural venues – the fictional home of iconic London detective Sherlock Holmes and now home to the Sherlock Holmes Museum, tourist mecca Madame Tussauds and the nearby classical music venue Wigmore Hall.

Architecture and property

Marylebone’s property market reflects its aristocratic history. In the 18th century various wealthy families owned much of the area including Cavendish Square and Portman Square. Marylebone was one of the first areas in London to experience a property boom and some of its finest homes hail from the Georgian era, although there are also later Victorian and Edwardian examples. Most of its period properties have been converted into flats but with its many mansion blocks Marylebone is a great place for apartment living. More family sized homes can be found towards Regent’s Park. Properties surrounding garden squares, like Montagu Square, are some of the most desirable in the area. Marylebone also has several streets of terraced homes like those leading off Gloucester Place, as well as newer builds of high end flats and apartments. There’s a large amount of students here, with new developments of flats and halls of residents especially for them.

Going out

Eating out: With such an array of fantastic restaurants it can be hard to decide where to go!  Visit  celebrity haunt the Chiltern Firehouse and you’ll most likely get a glimpse of a visiting Hollywood celebrity, or try the Michelin star Pied a Terre .  If you like Lebanese food try the wonderful Fairuz or Maroush .  If it’s a burger your after Meat Liquor is  must or there’s always fabulous calamari at Casa Becci.

Local amenities

There is so much on offer in Marylebone you can be spoilt for choice! There is the iconic Madame Tussauds, one of London’s most important and historic concert halls, Wigmore Hall which presents 450 musical performances annually, The Old Master paintings at The Wallace Collection are a must see for art enthusiasts, while theatre lovers enjoy innovative events at The Cockpit.

Markets: If it’s markets you’re after there’s the fashion and food market Cabbages & Frocks and Alfie’s Antique Market. The Marylebone Summer Fayre is a popular community event featuring live music and events for kids.

Local amenities

  • There is shopping aplenty with a Waitroseand Tesco Express on the High Street,  high end butcher The Ginger Pig and a fantastic fishmonger at FishWorks.  Don’t miss the Marylebone Farmers’ Market on Sundays and if you love your cheese drop in to the purpose built showroom at La Fromagerie.
  • Marylebone’s libraryis open seven days a week and offers reading groups and chess clubs for children. For books of your own, Daunt Books is housed in a beautiful Edwardian shop and has one of the best collections of travel books in London.
  • The Everyman Cinemaon Baker Street offers comfy sofas where the best arthouse films and latest releases are shown.
  • Harley Street renowned for its private medical specialists is right in Marylebone.
  • There are several gyms, yoga and pilates studios. (Indaba Yogais one of the best or the spa at The Landmark Hotel).

Green spaces

With Hyde Park to the south and Regent’s Park to the north, Marylebone locals are sandwiched between two of London’s most beautiful Royal Parks on their doorstep. At 365 acres, Regent’s Park offers something for everyone, whether you’re keen to get involved in an impromptu football game or your idea of weekend exercise is a quick stroll to one of the park’s many cafes. The Hub Cafe is wonderful with its panoramic views over the park. Younger visitors will be kept busy feeding the ducks and meeting the wildlife at neighbouring London Zoo. Just off Marylebone Road, Paddington Street Gardens are two small parks well used by local families .

Transport 

There are great transport links with plenty of tube, overland rail services and bus options:

 Tube: The tube station is on the Bakerloo Line in Zone 1, just five minutes to Oxford Circus (which is also walkable) and 12 minutes to Waterloo.

Rail:   Overland services from Marylebone railway station run to a variety of destinations across England including Banbury, High Wycombe and Aylesbury.   The Heathrow Express is three minutes away at Paddington Station.

Road: There is easy access to three of the main routes heading out of the city, and it’s less than half an hour to the M4, the M40 or the M1.

Bus: Travel south of the river to Putney or Brixton on the 74 or the 2, or heading north to Finchley on the 82.

Cycle: Although you can walk to the heart of the West End in less than 15 minutes it’s a gentle five-minute cycle to Oxford Circus and 15 minutes to Charing Cross.

Education

There are several education options in Marylebone, including an international school and a theatre school.   Younger children can attend Hampden Gurney Church of England Primary School or St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School. Secondary schools include St Marylebone School, the alma mater of Lily Cole, which specialises in performing arts. For an even more creative focus, there is the Sylvia Young Theatre School, while SKOLA International Community School offers three International Baccalaureate programmes.

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Christ Church Bentinck CofE Primary School

Cosway Street
London
NW1 5NS

Tel: 02033514135
www.ccbprimary.co.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Christ Church School

Redhill Street
Camden, London
NW1 4BD

Tel: 02073877881
www.cchurchnw1.camden.sch.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Hampden Gurney CofE Primary School

13 Nutford Place
London
W1H 5HA

Tel: 02076414195
www.hampdengurneyschool.org.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St Edward’s Catholic Primary School

Lisson Grove
London
NW1 6LH

Tel: 02077235911
www.stedwardsprimary.co.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Roman Catholic
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St Mary’s Bryanston Square CofE School

Enford Street
London
W1H 1DL

Tel: 02076414130
st-marys.bryanston.net

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School

St Vincent Street
London
W1U 4DF

Tel: 02076416110

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Roman Catholic
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
The St Marylebone CofE School

64 Marylebone High Street
London
W1U 5BA

Tel: 02079354704
www.stmaryleboneschool.com

Type: Academy converter
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Gender: Girls
Abingdon House School

Broadley Terrace
London
NW1 6LG

Tel: 02037505526
www.abingdonhouseschool.co.uk

Type: Other independent special school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 5 to 15 years
Gender: Mixed
Ark King Solomon Academy

Penfold Street
London
NW1 6RU

Tel: 02075636900
www.kingsolomonacademy.org

Type: Academy sponsor led
Religious Character: None
Age range: 3 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
Eifa International School

36 Portland Place
London
W1B 1LS

Tel: 02076375351
www.ecole-ifa.com

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 2 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
Francis Holland School

Clarence Gate
Ivor Place, London
NW1 6XR

Tel: 02077230176

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Gender: Girls
Halcyon London International School

33 Seymour Place
London
W1H 5AU

Tel: 02072581169
www.halcyonschool.com

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
International Community School

7b Wyndham Place
London
W1H 1PN

Tel: 02079351206
www.icschool.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 3 to 19 years
Gender: Mixed
London Business School

Sussex Place
Regent’s Park, London
NW1 4SA

Tel: 02072625050
www.lbs.lon.ac.uk

Type: Higher education institutions
Gender: Mixed
Marylebone Children’s Centre Information Point

Marylebone Library
109-117 Marylebone Road, London
NW1 5PS

Tel: 0207-641-6488

Type: Children’s centre linked site
Portland Place School

56-58 Portland Place
London
W1B 1NJ

Tel: 02073078700
www.portland-place.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 8 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
Queen’s College London

43-49 Harley Street
London
W1G 8BT

Tel: 02072917000
www.qcl.org.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 4 to 18 years
Gender: Girls
Royal Academy of Music

Marylebone Road
London
NW1 5HT

Tel: 02078737373
www.ram.ac.uk

Type: Higher education institutions
Gender: Mixed
Southbank International School Westminster

63-65 Portland Place
London
W1B 1QR

Tel: 02074369699

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
The Royal College of Nursing

20 Cavendish Square
London
W1G 0RN

Tel: 02074093333
www.nursing-standard.co.uk/instit

Type: Higher education institutions
Gender: Mixed
The Sylvia Young Theatre School

1 Nutford Place
London
W1H 5YZ

Tel: 02072582330
www.syts.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 10 to 16 years
Gender: Mixed
University of Westminster

309 Regent Street
London
W1B 2UW

Tel: 02079115000
www.westminster.ac.uk

Type: Higher education institutions
Gender: Mixed
Wetherby Senior School

100 Marylebone Lane
Marylebone, London
W1U 2QU

Tel: 02075353530

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Gender: Boys

Maida Vale

Maida Vale – What’s it all about? 

Most people think of Maida Vale and connect it to the famous Abbey Road studios which also borders along St John’s Wood. But, look further than the tourists posing for photos on the zebra crossing made famous by that Beatles cover, and you’ll see much more including the stunning array of properties in the area. The wide winding streets of Little Venice are full of stucco fronted homes set back from the pavements and boasting views over the canals and wonderfully secret communal gardens, while Maida Vale’s beautiful leafy avenues are lined with impressive and iconic period homes and mansion flats.

Fact file

Maida Vale takes its name from a pub, the Hero of Maida, which was named for General Sir John Stuart who triumphed in battle at Maida, Italy in 1806 during the Napoleonic Wars.  The pioneer of modern computing, Alan Turing, was born at what is now the Colonnade Hotel in Warrington Crescent.

Architecture and property

Most recognisable for the large mansion blocks and stuccoed terraces that line its main thoroughfares, Maida Vale is home to some of London’s most sought after properties which means house hunters can now choose from these mansion flats, mews houses, period conversions and 1930s flats on Maida Vale itself. The most desirable properties are the grand stucco houses in Little Venice, on streets such as Clarendon Gardens, Blomfield Road, Maida Avenue and Elgin Avenue.

Going out 

Eating and drinking: Tucked away in the nooks and crannies of Maida Vale’s winding streets, its pubs and restaurants are some of London’s best kept secrets. Choose from The Waterway overlooking the Grand Union Canal, the perfect summer spot for enjoying a jug of Pimm’s while watching the canal boats go by or The Prince Alfred and Warwick Castle who have been serving locals since the 1860s. For great pizza and pasta try  The Red Pepper, or for something different try award winning Persian restaurant Kateh, set in a beautiful street off Warwick Avenue.

Culture: If you’re after some culture the Canal Cafe Theatre puts on a wide variety of performances. Throughout summer Jason’s Trip runs boat trips along Regent’s Canal to Camden Town on a 108 year old canal boat. For kids there is the fabulous Puppet Theatre Barge.

Local amenities

  • Apart from Tesco Express you may want to try the many shops stocking organic produce from the area’s many specialist food shops and  The Wineryis one of London’s best independent wine merchants.
  • There are many gym and exercise studios. Bannatyne Health Clubis a popular choice as is Wanderlust Nail Lounge for a touch of luxury.
  • Maida Vale Libraryis a focal point of the community, offering children’s reading groups and homework clubs as well as employment advice sessions for adults.
  • Relax at the iconic Maida Vale Everyman Cinema, where you can relax on their comfy sofas.
  • Don’t miss the award winning Clifton Nurseries, one of London’s best garden nurseries, supplying locals with all sorts of garden accessories.

Green spaces 

Just beyond Maida Vale Tube station lies Paddington Recreation Ground offering exercise classes and tennis. Sports fans need look no further than nearby Lord’s Cricket Ground, which celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2014. Part of the Ashes Test series between Australia and England is held here, making it something of a mecca for cricket fans. There’s a museum attached and tours are available. Just a 20 minute walk away, Regent’s Park is so much more than an outdoor space, boasting cafes, an open air theatre, wildlife gardens and of course London Zoo.

Transport

Tube: Maida Vale and Warwick Avenue Tube stations are in Zone 2 on the Bakerloo Line. It takes a few minutes to reach Paddington, just over ten minutes to get to Oxford Circus and 16 minutes to get to Waterloo.

Rail: The Bakerloo Line provides quick access to two busy national rail stations. Paddington and Marylebone are just two and four stops away respectively, making train travel out of London easy.

Bus: limitless options that can get you to north, south, east and west London easily.

Road: A straight journey up Kilburn High Road and Edgware Road lead Maida Vale locals to the M1 in just 15 minutes. It’s also only a five minute drive to the Westway, providing access to the A40 and M25.

Cycle: You can cycle alongside the canal as well as being give minutes from the picturesque bike rides of Regent’s Park.

Education

Little Sweethearts Montessori School is within walking distance of the station. Other primary schools include St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and St Saviour’s C of E Primary School. Secondary options include two academies, Westminster Academy and Paddington Academy, as well as several independent and faith schools.

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Ark Atwood Primary Academy

Amberley Road
Westminster, London
W9 2JY

Tel: 02072667070
www.arkatwoodprimary.org

Type: Free schools
Religious Character: None
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Ark Paddington Green Primary Academy

Park Place Villas
London
W2 1ND

Tel: 02076414122

Type: Academy sponsor led
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Carlton Vale Infant School

Malvern Place
Kilburn, London
NW6 5PX

Tel: 02076240348
www.carlton.brent.sch.uk

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 3 to 7 years
Gender: Mixed
Edward Wilson Primary School

Senior Street
London
W2 5TL

Tel: 02032143930
www.edwardwilson.org.uk

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Essendine Primary Schoo

Essendine Road
London
W9 2LR

Tel: 02076414382
www.essendineprimary.co.uk

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 2 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Our Lady of Dolours RC Primary School

19 Cirencester Street
Paddington, London
W2 5SR

Tel: 02076414326
www.ourladydolours.co.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Roman Catholic
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St Joseph’s RC Primary School

Lanark Road
Maida Vale, London
W9 1DF

Tel: 02072863518
www.stjosephsschool.org.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Roman Catholic
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St Luke’s CofE Primary School

Fernhead Road
London
W9 3EJ

Tel: 02076415855
www.stlukesprimary.org.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 5 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St Mary Magdalene CofE Primary School

Rowington Close
Warwick Estate, London
W2 5TF

Tel: 02075040555
www.st-marymagdalene.westminster.sch.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St Peter’s CofE School

Chippenham Mews
Paddington, London
W9 2AN

Tel: 02076414385
www.stpeterscm.co.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 5 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St Saviour’s CofE Primary School

Shirland Road
Maida Vale, London
W9 2JD

Tel: 02076416414
www.stsavioursprimary.co.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
The Kilburn Park School Foundation

Malvern Road
London
NW6 5RG

Tel: 02076247603
www.kilburnpark.brent.sch.uk

Type: Foundation school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 7 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Paddington Academy

50 Marylands Road
London
W9 2DR

Tel: 02074793900
www.paddington-academy.org

Type: Academy sponsor led
Religious Character: Christian
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
St George’s Catholic School

Lanark Road
Maida Vale, London
W9 1RB

Tel: 02073280904
www.stgeorgesrc.org

Type: Academy converter
Religious Character: Roman Catholic
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
Westminster Academy

The Naim Dangoor Centre
255 Harrow Road, London
W2 5EZ

Tel: 02071210600
www.westminsteracademy.org.uk

Type: Academy sponsor led
Religious Character: None
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
Dorothy Gardner Centre

293 Shirland Road
London
W9 3JY

Tel: 02089695835
www.dorothygardner.co.uk

Type: Local authority nursery school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Gender: Mixed
Mary Paterson Nursery School

13 Riverton Close
Off Ashmore Road, London
W9 3DS

Tel: 02089699683
www.marypatersonnurseryschool.co.uk

Type: Local authority nursery school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 2 to 5 years
Gender: Mixed
Harrow Road Children’s Centre

Mary Paterson Nursery School
13 Riverton Close (off Ashmore Road), London
W9 3DF

Tel: 020-8968-7610

Type: Children’s centre linked site
L’Ecole Bilingue Elementaire

St David’s Welsh Church
London
W2 1SJ

Tel: 02072248427
www.lecolebilingue.com

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Naima Jewish Preparatory School

21 Andover Place
London
NW6 5ED

Tel: 02073282802

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 2 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
North West Locality Hub Lead -Queen’s Park Children’s Centre

Queens Park Children Centre
88 Bravington Road, London
W9 3AL

Tel: 020-8969-5835

Type: Children’s centre
Paddington Green Children’s Centre

Paddington Green Primary School
Park Place Villas, London
W2 1SP

Tel: 020-7641-5675

Type: Children’s centre linked site
Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School

Kennet Road
London
W9 3LG

Tel: 02076415825
www.qe2cp.westminster.sch.uk

Type: Community special school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 4 to 19 years
Gender: Mixed
The School of the Islamic Republic of Iran

100 Carlton Vale
London
NW6 5HE

Tel: 02073728051

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 6 to 16 years
Gender: Mixed
United Colleges Group

25 Paddington Green
London
W2 1NB

Tel: 02077238826
www.cwc.ac.uk

Type: Further education
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 16 to 99 years
Gender: Mixed
Westbourne Children’s Centre

Senior Street
London
W2 5TL

Tel: 020-7641-4312

Type: Children’s centre linked site

Hampstead

Hampstead – what’s it all about?

Hampstead, commonly called Hampstead Village, is extremely well known for its intellectual, liberal, artistic, musical and literary associations and for Hampstead Heath with its vast open, wild green spaces as well as offering some of the most expensive housing in the London area – it has more millionaires within its boundaries than any other area of the United Kingdom.

Fact file

More than 50 former residents are commemorated with brown or blue plaques at the homes where they once lived.

Hampstead’s rural feel lends itself for use on film, notable examples being The Killing of Sister George (1968), The Collector (1965), some scenes from An American Werewolf in London (1981) were shot on Hampstead Heath, Well Walk and Haverstock Hill.  More recently Kenwood House was the set of Notting Hill (1999). Outdoor scenes in The Wedding Date (2005), starring Debra Messing, feature Parliament Hill Fields on the Heath, overlooking west London. Parliament Hill also features in Notes on a Scandal (2006) together with the nearby areas of Gospel Oak and Camden TownFour Weddings and a Funeral (1994) features the old Hampstead Town Hall on Haverstock Hill.

Architecture and property

Sitting four miles north of central London, Hampstead has Georgian houses, pretty period cottages in the winding streets around the High Street and large Victorian houses, many converted into flats. There are also large Edwardian mansions, plus mansion flats and now modern flats.  One of Hampstead’s prettiest streets is Downshire Hill between the High Street and the Heath, where a five-bedroom white stucco villa is for sale for £4.95 million.  Among the historic streets there are also a number of pioneering modern houses and developments.

Going out

There is a fabulous range of neighbourhood restaurants and bars, pubs and bistros offering something for everyone!  The Everyman Cinema on Haverstock Hill boasts comfy sofas, and screens a great selection of arthouse films. While Hampstead Theatre, whose mission is to create original theatre without creative restriction, is just a stone’s throw away in nearby Swiss Cottage.

Local amenities

There are three open air swimming pools, as well as tennis courts and an athletics track, at nearby Hampstead Heath.  The O2 Centre on Finchley Road houses a multiplex cinema, shops, bars, restaurants, a large Sainsbury’s and a Fitness First. There is also a Waitrose just down the road.  If you prefer to shop locally there’s an excellent selection of shops that really know the community they serve including excellent organic fruit and veg offerings and family run Barrett’s Butchers has over 100 years under their butcher’s belt.

Green spaces

Hampstead Heath is a 790 acre haven for those keen to reconnect with nature in the middle of the metropolis. Enjoy a walk across the park to majestic Kenwood House, or if you’re feeling brave join the regulars who, come rain or shine, can be found taking an early morning dip in the Heath’s ponds. Nearby Primrose Hill offers arguably the best view of the Capital – in fact the view of St Paul’s Cathedral so remarkable that it’s protected by a statute of law to prevent buildings that could block it.

Transport

Hampstead Tube station is on the Edgware branch of the Northern line with trains to the West End and the City. Hampstead Heath is on the Overground with trains to West Hampstead for the Jubilee line and Highbury & Islington for the Victoria line.

Buses: The No 24 goes from South End Green to Trafalgar Square and Victoria; the No 46 goes from Hampstead High Street to King’s Cross, Holborn Viaduct and St Bartholomew’s Hospital; the No 168 goes from Haverstock Hill to Holborn and Waterloo, and the No 210 takes shoppers to Brent Cross.

To travel further afield, London City Airport is only 45 minutes away by Tube and DLR.

Renting

There are many US families renting locally; in addition, the French school in Kentish Town brings in French families. It is worth noting that the rental market is very buoyant often with demand outstripping supply.

Education

There is a very high concentration of private schools in Hampstead, both state funded and private including the prestigious UCS and King Alfred Schools.

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Christ Church Primary School, Hampstead

Christ Church Hill
London
NW3 1JH

Tel: 02074351361
www.christchurchschool.co.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 4 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Fitzjohn’s Primary School

86A Fitzjohn’s Avenue
London
NW3 6NP

Tel:
02074359797
www.fitzjohns.camden.sch.uk

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 4 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Fleet Primary School

Fleet Road
London
NW3 2QT

Tel: 02074852028
www.fleet.camden.sch.uk

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Gospel Oak Primary School

Mansfield Road
London
NW3 2JB

Tel: 02074857435
www.gospeloak.camden.sch.uk

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Hampstead Parochial Church of England Primary School

Holly Bush Vale
London
NW3 6TX

Tel: 02074354135
www.hampsteadprim.camden.sch.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 4 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Holy Trinity CofE Primary School, NW3

Trinity Walk
Maresfield Gardens, London
NW3 5SQ

Tel: 02074359089
www.holytrinitynw3.co.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 4 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
New End Primary School

Streatley Place
Hampstead, London
NW3 1HU

Tel: 02074310961
www.newend.camden.sch.uk

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Rosary Roman Catholic Primary School

238 Haverstock Hill
Hampstead, London
NW3 2AE

Tel: 02077946292
www.rosary.camden.sch.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Roman Catholic
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St Luke’s Church of England Primary

12 Kidderpore Avenue
London
NW3 7SU

Tel: 02074355604
www.stlukesschool.org.uk

Type: Free schools
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 4 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St Paul’s Church of England Primary School

Elsworthy Road
Primrose Hill, London
NW3 3DS

Tel: 02077227381
www.stpauls.camden.sch.uk

Type: Voluntary aided school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 4 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Haverstock School

24 Haverstock Hill
Chalk Farm, London
NW3 2BQ

Tel: 02072670975
www.haverstock.camden.sch.uk

Type: Community school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
The UCL Academy

Adelaide Road
Camden
NW3 3AQ

Tel: 02074493080
www.uclacademy.co.uk

Type: Academy sponsor led
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
CCfL Key Stage 4 PRU

Agincourt Road
London
NW3 2NY

Tel: 02079748906
ccfl.camden.sch.uk

Type: Pupil referral unit
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 14 to 16 years
Gender: Mixed
Central School of Speech and Drama

64 Eton Avenue
Swiss Cottage, London
NW3 3HY

Tel: 02077228183
www.cssd.ac.uk

Type: Higher education institutions
Gender: Mixed
Devonshire House Preparatory School

2 Arkwright Road
Hampstead, London
NW3 6AE

Tel: 02074351916
www.devonshirehouseschool.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 2 to 13 years
Gender: Mixed
Fine Arts College

Centre Studios
41-43 Englands Lane, London
NW3 4YD

Tel: 02075860312
www.hampsteadfinearts.com

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 13 to 19 years
Gender: Mixed
Gloucester House, The Tavistock Children’s Day Unit
Gloucester House, The Tavistock Children's Day Unit

33 Daleham Gardens
London
NW3 5BU

Tel: 02077943353
www.gloucesterhouse.net

Type: Other independent special school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 5 to 14 years
Gender: Mixed
Hampstead Hill School

St Stephens Hall
Pond Street, London
NW3 2PP

Tel: 02074356262
www.hampsteadhillschool.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 2 to 8 years
Gender: Mixed
Heathside Preparatory School

16 New End
Hampstead, London
NW3 1JA

Tel: 02030584011
www.heathsideprep.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 2 to 14 years
Gender: Mixed
Hereward House School

14 Strathray Gardens
London
NW3 4NY

Tel: 02077944820

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 4 to 13 years
Gender: Boys
Ickburgh School

Kenworthy Road
Hackney, London
E9 5RB

Tel: 02088064638
www.ickburgh.org.uk

Type: Community special school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 3 to 19 years
Gender: Mixed
Lyndhurst House Preparatory School

24 Lyndhurst Gardens
Hampstead, London
NW3 5NW

Tel: 02074354936
www.lyndhursthouse.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 4 to 13 years
Gender: Boys
Maria Montessori School

26 Lyndhurst Gardens
London
NW3 5NW

Tel: 02074353646

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 3 to 12 years
Gender: Mixed
North Bridge House Pre-Prep School

8 Netherhall Gardens
London
NW3 5RR

Tel: 02072676266
www.northbridgehouse.com

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 5 to 7 years
Gender: Mixed
North Bridge House Senior School

65 Rosslyn Hill
London
NW3 5UD

Tel: 02072676266

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 11 to 16 years
Gender: Mixed
North Bridge Nursery School

33 Fitzjohn’s Avenue
Hampstead, London
NW3 5JY

Tel: 02072676266
www.northbridgehouse.com

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 2 to 5 years
Gender: Mixed
Royal Free Hospital Children’s School

Floor 6 – 6 West B
Pond Street, London
NW3 2QG

Tel: 02074726298
www.royalfree.camden.sch.uk

Type: Community special school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 5 to 16 years
Gender: Mixed
Sarum Hall School

15 Eton Avenue
London
NW3 3EL

Tel: 02077942261
https://www.sarumhallschool.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Girls
South Hampstead High School

3 Maresfield Gardens
London
NW3 5SS

Tel: 02074352899
www.shhs.gdst.net

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 4 to 18 years
Gender: Girls
Southbank International School

16 Netherhall Gardens
London
NW3 5TH

Tel: 02074311200
www.southbank.org

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
St Anthony’s Preparatory School

90 Fitzjohn’s Avenue
Hampstead, London
NW3 6NP

Tel: 02074353597

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: Catholic
Age range: 4 to 13 years
Gender: Boys
St Christopher’s School

32 Belsize Lane
London
NW3 5AE

Tel: 02074351521

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 4 to 11 years
Gender: Girls
St Margaret’s School

18 Kidderpore Gardens
London
NW3 7SR

Tel: 02074352439
www.st-margarets.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 4 to 16 years
Gender: Girls
St Mary’s School

47 Fitzjohn’s Avenue
Hampstead, London
NW3 6PG

Tel: 02074351868
www.stmh.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 2 to 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Swiss Cottage School – Development & Research Centre

80 Avenue Road
London
NW8 6HX

Tel: 02076818080
www.swisscottage.camden.sch.uk

Type: Community special school
Religious Character: Does not apply
Age range: 2 to 19 years
Gender: Mixed
The Academy School

2 Pilgrims Place
Rosslyn Hill, London
NW3 1NG

Tel: 02074356621
www.academyschoolhampstead.com

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 6 to 14 years
Gender: Mixed
The Hall School

23 Crossfield Road
Hampstead, London
NW3 4NU

Tel: 02077221700
www.hallschool.co.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: Church of England
Age range: 5 to 13 years
Gender: Boys
The Village School

2 Parkhill Road
Belsize Park, London
NW3 2YN

Tel: 02074854673
www.thevillageschool.org.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 3 to 11 years
Gender: Girls
Trevor-Roberts School

55-57 Eton Avenue
London
NW3 3ET

Tel: 02075861444

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 4 to 13 years
Gender: Mixed
University College School

Frognal
Hampstead, London
NW3 6XH

Tel: 02074352215
www.ucs.org.uk

Type: Other independent school
Religious Character: None
Age range: 4 to 18 years
Gender: Mixed
Wac Arts College

213 Haverstock Hill
Belsize Park, London
NW3 4QP

Tel: 02076925860
www.wacartscollege.co.uk

Type: Free schools alternative provision
Religious Character: None
Age range: 4 to 19 years
Gender: Mixed

Belsize Park

Belsize Park overview – what’s it all about?

Found in between the sophistication of Hampstead and the youthful energy of Camden, Belsize Park is a haven for professional couples, young families and celebrities alike. Many of the buildings, whether Victorian, Queen Anne or Arts and Crafts in heritage, are acknowledged as the finest of their kind, and tree lined streets and wide pavements make walking here a pleasure. A good thing, because Belsize Park is minutes from some of London’s most stunning green spaces, offering a welcome escape from the bustle of the Capital. A short stroll south to the top of Primrose Hill is rewarded with a stunning panorama of the city, not to mention the delights of its village high street, and to the north the open space of Hampstead Heath awaits. But it’s central too, so whether you prefer to freewheel downhill on a bike all the way to Oxford Street or hop on the Tube, you can be in the heart of London in less than 20 minutes. There’s a real community feel here centred around picturesque England’s Lane, which is lined with cafes and independent boutiques.

Architecture and property

The manor of Belsize was first recorded in the 14th century, with major property developments taking place in bursts during the 19th and early 20th centuries to lend parts of the area a pleasing architectural harmony. Listed buildings abound and there are fine examples of Queen Anne architecture in Lyndhurst Gardens, while the rows of imposing mid Victorian stucco fronted houses found on Belsize Grove, Belsize Park Gardens and beyond rival anything Kensington has to offer. There is also a small concentration of sought after Art Deco and Modern movement buildings on Haverstock Hill, Garnett Road and Parkhill Road. Most houses in this area have been converted into spacious two and three bedroom flats.

Going out

There is a fabulous range of neighbourhood restaurants and bars, pubs and bistros offering something for everyone!  The Everyman Cinema on Haverstock Hill boasts comfy sofas, and screens a great selection of arthouse films. While Hampstead Theatre, whose mission is to create original theatre without creative restriction, is just a stone’s throw away in nearby Swiss Cottage.

Local amenities

The O2 Centre on Finchley Road houses a multiplex cinema, shops, bars, restaurants, a large Sainsbury’s and a Fitness First. There is also a Waitrose just down the road.

If you prefer to shop locally there’s an excellent selection of shops that really know the community they serve including excellent organic fruit and veg offerings and family run Barrett’s Butchers has over 100 years under their butcher’s belt.

 

There are three open air swimming pools, as well as tennis courts and an athletics track, at nearby Hampstead Heath, and there’s a Better gym in nearby Swiss Cottage, otherwise known as Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre.

Belsize Park still has its own community library, too. Situated on Antrim Grove, it hosts regular events for kids, as well as talks by academics. Literature lovers should visit Daunt Books, a local treasure that has retained a cosy, old world atmosphere.

Green spaces 

Primrose Hill offers arguably the best view of the Capital – in fact the view of St Paul’s Cathedral so remarkable that it’s protected by a statute of law to prevent buildings that could block it. Hampstead Heath is a 790 acre haven for those keen to reconnect with nature in the middle of the metropolis. Enjoy a walk across the park to majestic Kenwood House, or if you’re feeling brave join the regulars who, come rain or shine, can be found taking an early morning dip in the Heath’s ponds.

Transport

Belsize Park Tube station is on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line. Its Zone 2 location means it takes just 15 minutes to get to central London. Overground train services run from Finchley Road & Frognal, West Hampstead, South Hampstead and West Hampstead Thameslink.

The North Circular is a 30 minute drive away, and a number of other major motorways are in close reach, including the M1, M4, M11 and M25, as well as the A41.

Travel is easy from Belsize Park, whether you’re heading north to Brent Cross shopping centre on the C11 or south into the heart of the city on the 46, 168 or 268.

The nearest Boris bikes are a 25 minute walk away on Castlehaven Road, but if you have your own it’s a half hour meander through Regent’s Park to the centre of town, or just 15 minutes via main roads.

To travel further afield, London City Airport is only 45 minutes away by Tube and DLR.

Education

There is a very high concentration of private schools in Belsize Park, although the local comprehensive, Haverstock School Business & Enterprise College, has special status, and University College London has recently opened its own Academy here.

 

Please see our schools tab for more information on schools in this area.