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West Hampstead Area Guide

Hampstead is a highly sought-after residential area situated in the Borough of Camden in north west London boasting some of the most exclusive properties in the capital.

It is popular with professionals and families for its relaxed pace of life combined with easy access to the bright lights of central London.

West Hamptsead fact file

  • West Hampstead was originally a small hamlet called West End.
  • The area began to grow and attract London merchants in the 17th century.
  • The arrival of the railway in the late 19th century improved travel links and led to further development in the region.
  • West Hampstead has a strong musical heritage as the birthplace of Dusty Springfield and former home to Decca Studios.
  • It is where the Beatles famously failed an audition in 1962 and musicians such as David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and Marc Bolan recorded throughout the 1960s and 70s.
  • Properties in West Hampstead are varied, spanning everything from studio apartments to 3 storey town houses to mansion blocks.

Why move to West Hampstead?

The area has much to offer with plenty of local amenities, charming period properties, great schools and abundant green spaces.

Architecture and property

West and South Hampstead are primarily made up of high value Victorian and Edwardian houses, while nearby Kilburn and Cricklewood boast a mix of period conversions and new build developments.

Notable buildings in the area include Hampstead Synagogue and Emmanuel Church, both striking grade II listed red brick buildings dating from the turn of the century.

Going out

There is a Vue multiplex cinema at the 02 centre on the Finchley Road for all the latest blockbusters, as well as several fitness centres locally.

Green space

West Hampstead has a number of lovely parks, gardens and recreation grounds, but for a taste of the country within the city, residents can make the short trip to Primrose Hill, which has some of the best panoramic views of the London skyline taking in St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard and the neighbouring Regent’s Park. The vast 790-acre Hampstead Heath is a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation and encompasses ancient woodland, meadows, open-air swimming ponds for a bracing dip and a range of family friendly facilities.

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West Hampstead has a vibrant restaurant scene with something to cater to all tastes and budgets.

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    Tastes of Asia

West End Lane acts as a traditional high street with such charming independent shops as The Village Haberdashery, West End Lane Books and Flowerstalk florists alongside the convenience of national chains.

  • Farmers’ market
    Each Saturday on Iverson Road

Residents can meet for drinks at one of the area’s numerous historic pubs or trendy bars.

  • The Railway
    Public House

Being so close to London and with huge amounts of green space, there is to much to do in West Hampstead.

  • Hampstead Heath
    Public Park

West Hampstead is full of brilliant schooling options for all ages, in both the private. and setate sector.

  • Kingsgate Primary
    Primary School
  • South Hampstead High School for girls
    Independent School
  • West Hampstead Station Broadhurst Gardens
    0.3 miles from centre
  • London City Airport
    10.9 miles from centre
  • West Hampstead Underground station
    Jubilee Line
  • West Hampstead Overground station
    Overground to Clapham, Stratford and Richmond
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What does our local Hamptons community think

Probably one of the worst lettings teams we’ve had the opportunity to interact with. Very unresponsive, very uncooperative, and in general displaying behaviour that is very unprofessional for a company the size of Hamptons. As things stand, I would avoid if given the opportunity. Update : This review was immediately picked up as you can see from the response below. After emailing Natalie picked up the issue and quickly rectified it. Thank you customer support team for your proactiveness and responsiveness. I have since removed the 1 star.

V Y June 2024

I’ve recently rented a flat with Hampton West Hampstead and I couldn’t be happier with their service! There haven been few minor issues with the flat and they got it sorted right away! Very responsive and caring through the whole process and after!

tez May 2024

Ed & Sam have been amazing from the start of our sale to the end. Always there when we needed to talk, & very honest with everything. I would highly recommend Hamptons.

Sarah Woodward May 2024

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