Hampstead Property Guide
Hampstead is synonymous with sophisticated living and a cosmopolitan community. Of all the London villages, it has the most timeless appeal, thanks largely to its dense, 18th Century centre and the semi-rural feel lent by the adjacent Heath — 800 acres of open countryside and woodland that has long been London’s weekend playground. It’s a thriving area that attracts a constant stream of prospective buyers and renters. An array of private schools that is almost second to none is a huge draw for families, while having Hampstead Heath on the doorstep makes this a truly idyllic setting, just a short journey from the West End and the City. Culture Daytime coffee culture and bakeries: Aubaine, Gails, Joe and the Juice, Paul, Roni’s and Euphorium Traditional pubs: Hampstead is well known for its traditional pubs. Gas lit until recently you have The Holly Bush and Spaniard’s Inn where highwayman Dick Turpin took refuge. Others include: The Flask, The Duke of Hamilton, The Old Bull and Bush and The Old White Bear, The Freemasons Arms Casual Eats: Mimmo La Bufala (authentic Wood fire oven pizza), Jin Kichi (Japanese, make sure you have a reservation!), Spielburgers (American burger joint), Cote, Café Rouge, Carluccio’s Cocktails and a night out: Frida’s Bodega (Mexican food and interestingly concocted cocktails to boot) Cinema and theatre: Hampstead Theatre, Pentameters Theatre, Everyman Cinema (opened in 1933, showing art-house movies and recent blockbusters), View Cinema at the 02 Centre (with Nando’s, Yo Sushi!, Wagamama, etc. all under one roof) Finer dining: Gaucho (Argentinian steakhouse with an impressively curated wine menu), Villa Bianca (long-standing Italian restaurant with al-fresco dining in the summer) High-end delicatessens and grocers: Melrose and Morgan, The Hampstead Butcher, Providore, Artichoke, Jeroboams (fine wines), Hampstead Community Market
Shopping Hampstead has a good choice of chic boutiques, with French brands such as Zadig and Voltaire, Petit Bateau, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Maje, Claudie Pierlot and Cop-Copine all here. Independent boutiques include long-standing Jane and Dada and Linea. For high street shopping: Oxford Street and Brent Cross Shopping Centre within 15 minutes by car or public transport. Parks and green spaces Hampstead Heath is well known by Londoners for its beautiful expansive park land. There are 790 acres of meadows, woods, and gardens to explore and on a sunny day you can take a dip in the Hampstead Heath pond (separated into men’s, women’s and mixed). You can also visit the zoo, spot birds and other wildlife in their natural environments and or join the fitness buffs making use of the open running space. Head to Parliament Hill for a romantic sunset, where from this high point of Hampstead Heath you get beautiful legally-protected views of the London skyline. Transport Underground (London only): Hampstead (zone 2) is on the Edgware branch of the Northern line, with direct trains to Euston and central London (20 minutes to Oxford Circus). Overground: Trains to Richmond and Stratford from Finchley Road and Frognal and Hampstead Heath. Buses: Buses 46, 210,268, 603 all run through Hampstead and serve central London. Car: The Finchley Road connects Hampstead to central London; you can be in in Baker Street in 15 minutes. Education The selection of private primary and preparatory schools in Hampstead is larger than anywhere else in London, with six all-through private schools. In the state sector, all primary schools are judged to be “good” or better by the government’s education watchdog Ofsted. Primary schooling is dominated by the independent sector, with a number of very highly regarded schools such as Northbridge House, Devonshire House, The Hall, Queen Mary’s School for Girls and Lyndhurst House to name a few. The area also boasts a number of very highly regarded selective secondary schools including South Hampstead High School for Girls, and UCS up the road teaching boys.