West Hampstead

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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