How is life in Chalk Farm? A thorough guide of the neighbourhood

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Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Chalk Farm is a small urban district of north west London, lying immediately north of Camden Town, in the London Borough of Camden. “

What to do in Chalk Farm

Chalk Farm is full of life and things to do. We suggest looking at Timeout for their weekly Chalk Farm event listings to find local activities. Here’s a convenient link to see their upcoming happenings. Having a good grasp of what’s in Chalk Farm and where helps get situated when moving. Our map compiles property price points and other details from this article to outline what’s available in Chalk Farm.

Some great things about Chalk Farm

At Cozee we looked at elements defining the area like restaurants, nightlife, parks, and more. Whether you’re a foodie or night owl, Chalk Farm has something for you. Check out spots below to get a feel for life in Chalk Farm.

Green spaces and parks of Chalk Farm

Big green spaces cover the UK and London. However, it may be hard to work out just how much green space there is by just looking at a map. Here is a table below that shows you the green space of Chalk Farm in more detail.

Park Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Primrose Hill Primrose Hill Road, London 4.7 12931
Talacre Gardens 13 Talacre Road, London 4.3 192
Talacre Town Green Next to Kentish Town West Overground and Talacre Community Sports Centre, London 5 2
Chalcot Square 49-40 Chalcot Road, London 4.5 20
Castlehaven Horticulture Hub Hawley Road, London 5 3
Chalcot square 8 Sharples Hall Street, London 4.3 3
Castlehaven Community Park 26 Castlehaven Road, London 4.3 73
Adelaide Nature Reserve London 4.5 2
Camden Lock Regent’s Canal Gloucester Avenue, London 4.6 47
St George’s Terrace Open Space Saint George’s Terrace, London 4 1
Inkerman Gardens Holmes Road, London N/A N/A
Shakespeare’s Tree Unnamed Road, London 4.4 23
Camden Gardens Camden Street, London 4.1 120
Primrose Hill Playground 23 Prince Albert Road, London 4.6 493
Lismore Circus Chris’s Hairdressers, 6 Lismore Circus, London 3.9 169
Talacre Open Space London N/A N/A
Chalcot Square Gardens N/A N/A N/A
Castlehaven Open Space N/A N/A N/A
Primrose Gardens N/A N/A N/A
Rochester Terrace Gardens London N/A N/A

Where can you buy groceries in the area

Finally we wouldn’t like to let you down on where to do your grocery shopping in Chalk Farm. Although solutions like Ocado, Amazon or other delivery services can be a great replacement, knowing if a grocery store is nearby the place you are about to live in is a big plus. Please find below the grocery stores in Chalk Farm.

Supermarket/Grocery store name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Tesco Superstore 20-28 Broad Street, Teddington 3.7 172
Budgens 31-33 High Street, Teddington 3.6 80
M&S 99-107 High Street, Teddington 4.3 340
Sainsbury’s Local 196 High Street Teddington, Teddington, London 4.3 41

Pubs in the region

As Londoners, we love our local pubs. Chalk Farm has great ones to become your new regular spot. Consider these if visiting or moving to the area of Chalk Farm.

Pub name Name Address Description
Flask 14 Flask Walk Hampstead NW3 1HE One of north London’s best known pubs, rebuilt in 1874 and bought by Young’s in 1904. A veritable Hampstead institution, originally the Lower Flask, which, after its acquisition by Young’s, underwent a sympathetic refurbishment, albeit one that was somewhat controversial with locals. The old public bar, with its separate entrance, darts board and TV screen, is very much as it was and, incidentally, this is the only part of the pub open from 11.00, the lounge opens at noon. As you enter the lounge, your eyes are immediately drawn to the fine tinted sepia photographs which adorn a full-height timber-and-glass screen separating this room from the public bar. This small, intimate area then leads into a larger back bar. Finally you are led into a conservatory, very much for eating. A CAMRA London Heritage Pub listed for its historic interior. Tuesday quiz nights. Third of a pint taster paddles available and are good value. Various board games including dominoes. Children permitted until 20.00.
Freemasons Arms 32 Downshire Hill Hampstead NW3 1NT Roomy gastro-pub, offering starters, salads, pizzas, pastas, mains and desserts, along with extensive wine list. Very popular with young professionals, it seems. interior still retains some nice features, such as fireplaces, but mainly dominated by track lighting, soft music, upholstered banquettes, wooden tables and chairs, along with recent extension to dining area (which sacrificed garden space in a less than aesthetic manner).
George 250 Haverstock Hill Hampstead NW3 2AE There has been a pub here since 1666, when this was the main road out of London, the present building dating from the 1920’s built as a hotel featuring modern gas lamps for lighting. The large lamps outside may well have been for such purpose. Originally the George, it had a spell as the Great Tree from 1700 until later in the 18th century. Used to be a Rat & Parrot (S&N Retail) for a few years until 2004. The exterior is quite impressive in “Brewer’s Tudor” style with leaded windows in the upper story. There is a large single, open plan L-shaped bar which has undergone recent refurbishment to brighten the place up and create a very comfortable environment. Using plenty of light wood, soft colours, lighting and gas coal-effect fires, there’s a stripped wooden bar with stools around it and a mix of sofas and standard tables. The floor is alternatively tiled or wooden and the back area seems to be reserved for eating in the evenings. There is a small patio to the rear, largely given over to smokers. Hot and cold meals are available daily. All NHS staff get a 10% discount.
King William IV 77 Hampstead High Street Hampstead NW3 1RE This old coaching inn with a large central bar has been a stalwart of the gay scene for many years which has earned it the local nick-name of the Pink Willie. The entertainment is geared to the target audience and there is seating in a very pleasant back garden and outside on the street by a crepe stall (separately operated so don’t bring crepes into the pub).
Old Oak 1 Mansfield Road Hampstead NW3 2JD June 2022 – Handpumps still in place, Doom Bar clip turned round.
Spaniards Inn Spaniards Road Hampstead NW3 7JJ The building dates back to about 1585, though possibly not originally a pub, it is soaked in history, housed in a charming grade II listed, white weatherboard clad exterior. The pub’s interior is divided into separate rooms with areas featuring wooden beams and low ceilings, lending the place a cosy atmosphere. There is a large garden out back alongside the car park. The inn is mentioned in Dickens’ ‘Pickwick Papers’ and Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, Keats is said to have written ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ in the garden. But references to the highwayman Dick Turpin being born here are false since he was born in Essex. Good selection of imported beers and close to the Heath and Kenwood House. It can get very busy at the weekends so don’t be surprised with a long queue just to get a drink on a busy, sunny, Sunday afternoon. Drinkers may be relegated to the heated garden if tables inside are booked for food.
Wells Tavern 30 Well Walk Hampstead NW3 1BX Aug 2022 – the freehold was sold by The Hampstead Wells & Campden Trust to Simon Bridbury Developments Ltd. This saw the end of the 300 year history of property ownership in the area for the charity. Beth Coventry (landlord since 2003) was quoted in the Camden New Journal, “I’ve got 4 years left on my lease and it should basically automatiucally renew”. We shall see.
Duke Of Hamilton 23 New End London NW3 1JD In May 2023 the sole cask beer was Doom Bar – said to be due to contractual reasons – but in Oct 2023 Purity Gold was back on tap. The Jazz Club referred to below continues – see their wesbite for details of events https://hampsteadjazzclub.com/
Garden Gate 14 South End Road London NW3 2QE Close to Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill this is a large, comfortable, multi-roomed venue, furnished with wooden and upholstered tables and chairs, soft lighting, soft music, stained glass, non-working fireplace. Plenty of room around front bar, with another smaller room at the back, to the left.
Haverstock Tavern 94 Haverstock Hill London NW3 2BD 24/05/23 – pub now offers a 10% discount to CAMRA Members. Handy for a pre-gig event if visiting the Roundhouse. At the end of 2019 it reopened as the Haverstock Tavern. Confirmed three cask beers on. Suspect a beer from Leeds might be a regular and perhaps the Pride but we shall see.
Holly Bush 22 Holly Mount London NW3 6SG 20/04/23 – The left hand bar tables were all laid up with white table clothes and for meals. It seems it is now essentailly a dining area. The menu has also been moved up a notch or two, with the cheapest main around £16.00, and wines from around £26/£27.
Horseshoe 28 Heath Street London NW3 6TE The ultimate owner is AB INBEV. Urban Pubs & Bars are running the pub. A former Wetherspoon’s pub which moved distinctly up-market with the introduction of an extensive gastro menu, open kitchen and all, and the installation of its own micro-brewery down in the basement. This subsequently metamorphosed into the Camden Town Brewery and the kit was removed while the brewery grew and grew.
Magdala 2a South Hill Park London NW3 2SB From the 8th Jan 2024 for the rest of January they will be serving CASK ales at £3.50 a pint …. Yum !
North Star Tavern 104 Finchley Road London NW3 5JJ 30/11/22 – St Austell Tribute plus New River Twin Spring. It is possible that (for example) the Pride may be alternated with St Austell TRibute, Doom Bar or Sharp’s Atlantic.
Old Bull & Bush North End Way London NW3 7HE Considered by some wags the most agreeable pub in Golders Green, this is up the road from the now sadly closed Jack Straw’s Castle (converted to luxury flats). Handy if you are visiting the less well-known northern extension of Hampstead Heath or the West Heath and Golders Hill Park. Made famous by Florie Ford’s music hall song, “Down at the Old Bull and Bush” where people were invited to come and make eyes at her and perhaps no doubt they did. It’s an old coaching inn set back from the road with seating out front. The interior has been much modernised and we are informed by the pub’s manager (Nov 2019) that that “we offer two beers regularly with both on most of the time at least one at all times”. Food served, for details and serving times click on their website. Bus: 210, 268.
Old White Bear 1 Well Road London NW3 1LJ Reopened on 15th Dec 2021 – see https://www.oldwhitebear.com/. Four cask beers were available on a visit in Jan 2022 and these are shown. It is possible that the beer from Leeds Brewery may change. The pub is run by Northern Union Pubs which is owned by the team who set up the Leeds Brewery (now closed and beer brewed at Kirkstall). This is their third pub in north London, all follow the theme of having been taken on after being closed.
Roebuck 15 Pond Street London NW3 2PN Cosy pub, opposite The Royal Free Hospital, acquired by Young’s in 2008, dating from 1860 as the Roebuck Hotel – which is still evident from the upper fascia. Furnished internally with wooden tables and chairs, some upholstered, and sofas, low lighting, soft music. Conservatory and garden at the back, lower room available to let. Tables outside in front allow you to watch the comings and goings but need to be vacated by 9.45pm.
Stag 67 Fleet Road London NW3 2QU This roomy Victorian pub (ca. 1874) was a reliable back street boozer. In 2008, new owners (two brothers who started with the Regent in Kensal Green) painted the entire vast Victorian frontage black, pared down the interior to minimalist, with wooden tables and chairs, punctuated by candlelight, and re-vamped the huge garden behind with bookable cabanas, summer BBQs and events such as acoustic music.
Washington 50 Englands Lane London NW3 4UE Popular and imposing Victorian corner pub. Extensively retained period woodwork together with lots of cut and etched glass complimenting the stucco ceiling and island bar. Listed on CAMRA’s National Inventory of historic pub interiors for its surviving interesting Victorian fittings.

The types of restaurants

Chalk Farm has a range of different places to eat. From Chinese, Indian or Italian ones, your area is vibrant with life and if you are a foodie you will surely find what you are looking for here.

Restaurant Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Electric Ballroom 184 Camden High Street, London 4.3 845
The Engineer 65 Gloucester Avenue, Greater, London 4.3 1228
The Lansdowne Pub & Dining Room 90 Gloucester Avenue, London 4.3 644
The Lock Tavern 35 Chalk Farm Road, London 4.3 1965
Guanabana Restaurant 85 Kentish Town Road, London 4.3 1430
Jazz Cafe 5 Parkway, London 4.3 4653
Jamon Jamon 38 Parkway, London 4.3 984
The Princess of Wales 22 Chalcot Road, London 4.3 893
Lockside 75-89 Camden Lock Place, London 4.3 1506
The Ice Wharf – JD Wetherspoon 28A, 28B Jamestown Road 4.3 5555
Haché Burgers Camden 24 Inverness Street, London 4.3 1459
Feng Shang Princess Southern Star Cumberland Basin, Prince Albert Road, London 4.3 704
MannaLondon Restaurant 4 Erskine Road, London 4.3 443
Lemonia 89 Regent’s Park Road, London 4.3 1743
The Good Mixer 30 Inverness Street, London 4.3 925
Honest Burgers Camden Unit 34a Camden Lock Place, London 4.3 1266
wagamama camden 11 Jamestown Road, London 4.3 869
Thanh Binh 14 Chalk Farm Road, London 4.3 520
Cottons Camden 55 Chalk Farm Road, London 4.3 773
The Pembroke Castle Pembroke Castle, 150 Gloucester Avenue, London 4.3 1054

Museums & Galleries nearby

An area lives because of the people who live, work and interact. Art is a great way to discover an area in a new way. If you are looking to move in Chalk Farm we definitely recommend that you check for galleries, museums and other cultural institutions. They provide a great source of enjoyment over the weekends.

Museum name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Art.UK.net 2 Egbert Street, London 5 1
Dr. BR Ambedkar House 10 King Henry’s Road, London 4.6 386
Match Attax Headquarters London N/A N/A

Gyms in Chalk Farm

While working from home has increased, so has the frequentation of gyms to help keep in shape. With companies like Better or Pure Gym and others, Chalk Farm might help you stay in shape. A great feature to have nearby.

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Talacre Community Sports Centre Dalby Street, London 4.3 280
Fierce Grace Hot Yoga – North (Hothouse) 173-175 Queens Crescent, London 4.3 21
Stoked Adonis Personal Training 50A Haverstock Hill, London 4.3 N/A
Yoga Rebels 117 Castlehaven Road, London 4.3 N/A
PureGym London Camden 193-199 Camden High Street, London 4.3 297
Yogaroma 31 Chalk Farm Road, London 4.3 1
triyoga Head Office Unit 4, 122A Gloucester Avenue, London 4.3 3
St Pancras Boxing Club 25 Talacre Road, London 4.3 50
Primrose HillPilates and PT 44 Gloucester Avenue, London 4.3 1
Circus Glory 29 Hopkinsons Place PRIMROSE HILL COMMUNITY CENTRE, London 4.3 17
Kentish Town Sports Centre Grafton Road, London 4.3 516
triyoga Camden 57a Jamestown Road, London 4.3 687
Caro Pilates On The Lane – Massage, Beauty, Health & Wellbeing, 16 England’s Lane, London 4.3 5
Kentish Town Studio 1st floor, 141-145 Kentish Town Road, London 4.3 3
PILATES MATWORK TEACHER TRAINING First Floor, 141-145 Kentish Town Road, London 4.3 7
Holiday Academy day-camp with Forest School 31 Inverness Street, London 4.3 3
Yoga with Charli Belsize Community Library, Antrim Grove, London 4.3 31
Belsize Park – Pilates Teachers Hampstead London North West NW3 148 Haverstock Hill, London 4.3 N/A
Synergy and Restorative Movement Kentish Town Studio, 1, 141-145 Kentish Town Road, London 4.3 N/A
Jackson Training Adelaide Road, London 4.3 N/A

In Chalk Farm, what things may you need?

We have compiled for you a list of the different places you might want to check in Chalk Farm name before moving in the neighbourhood.

The number of hospitals, pharmacies and doctors in Chalk Farm

Chalk Farm has 6 medical institutions. These include hospitals, doctors offices, pharmacies and other stores providing medical attention. Here are the details the nearby medical institutions (1000 radius of the area).

Medical institution Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Touch Tuina Clinic 46 Malden Road, London 4.7 45
Medicspot Clinic Primrose Hill 28 England’s Lane, London 4.5 2
Kentish Town Health Centre Health Centre, 2 Bartholomew Road, London 3.6 35
Natural Health Centre Ltd 7 Rochester Terrace, London 5 2
Primrose Hill Natural Health Centre 9 Saint George’s Mews, London 4.3 3
Testing For All 13 Hawley Crescent, London 3.7 3

Tube & Train stations nearby the area of Chalk Farm

Having to walk more than 10 to 15 min to reach public transportation is usually considered as a downside when considering a property to live in. To simplify this, we curated the list of train and tube station of Chalk Farm to help you find what would be the best location for you to move in. There are 4 train or tube stations within the Chalk Farm area. Here are the main ones

Train or tube station name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Kentish Town West United Kingdom 3.8 40
Camden Road United Kingdom 4.2 89
Chalk Farm Underground Ltd, Adelaide Road, London 4 69
Camden Town Underground Station Underground Ltd, Camden High Street, London 4.4 872

What schools are nearby in Chalk Farm?

Having an educational institution close by is a great perk when moving. See the list below of schools located in the Chalk Farm vicinity and how they relate to property prices.

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Haverstock School 24 Haverstock Hill, London 2.6 14
Primrose Hill Primary School 40 Princess Road, London 4.5 8
Hypnotherapy Clinic at Triyoga Camden 57 Jamestown Road, London N/A N/A
Octagon St Saviours Church Hall, Eton Road, London 5 1
The Caraf Centre 27-30 Cheriton Avenue, Queens Crescent, London 4.4 7
Kumon Maths & English 10-16 Haverstock Hill, London 5 9
Seventa Makeup Academy 3 Adelaide Road, Chalk Farm, London 4.7 62
Harmood Children’s Centre 1 Forge Place, Ferdinand Street, London 3.6 8
Learning Curve Group Hair & Beauty Academy Camden 45-46 Chalk Farm Road, London 3.3 31
Ready Steady Go Primrose Hill Business Centre, 110 Gloucester Avenue, London N/A N/A
Busybumblebeesmontessori 115A Queens Crescent, London N/A N/A
Little Garden The Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-School 37 Ryland Road, London 4 8
Weedington Pre-school 170 Weedington Road, London N/A N/A
Natalie Koffman – Revive Health MRSS MTI ITEC Dip Sports LSSM 16 England’s Lane, London 5 2
Poppins Daycare Nursery 20 Fellows Road, London N/A N/A
Abcschool England’s Lane, London N/A N/A
SCL International College Kentish Town Campus 65 Holmes Road, London 4.5 18
St Paul’s CE Primary School Elsworthy Road, London 4.3 8
Holiday Academy day-camp with Forest School 31 Inverness Street, London 3.3 3
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School Holmes Road, London 3 2

Post offices in and around the area of Chalk Farm

Nearby post offices make sending and getting packages easy. In a post office you can do things like exchange currency, post your packages, buy everyday items and even redirect your mail. It is likely you will use one at some point if you were to move in to the area so we have compiled the post offices nearby in a table below so you know if this area is the right place for you.

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Regents Park Road Post Office 91 Regent’s Park Road, London 2.5 35
Kentish Town Post Office 251 Kentish Town Road, London 3.3 149
Queens Crescent Post Office 139 Queens Crescent, London 3.5 86
Post Box 147 Kentish Town Road, London 5 1
Kentish Town Party Shop- Greetings From The Heart 251 Kentish Town Road, London 3.4 21
Kentish Town Photos 251 Kentish Town Road, London 0 0

Other nearby areas

You are not 100% sure that you want to move in Chalk Farm? Check out our other guides about some nearby areas. You might find your next neighbourhood. The following tables shows the nearby areas within a 3.5km radius.

Neighbourhood name Link to our guide
Hanover Square See the guide here
Marylebone See the guide here
Great Portland Street See the guide here
Harley Street See the guide here
Chenies See the guide here
Fitzrovia See the guide here
Great Ormond Street Hospital See the guide here
Bloomsbury See the guide here
Little Venice See the guide here
University College London See the guide here
Lisson Grove See the guide here
St Pancras See the guide here
Euston See the guide here
Maida Vale See the guide here
Somers Town See the guide here
St John’s Wood See the guide here
Kings Cross See the guide here
Islington See the guide here
Camden Town See the guide here
Kilburn See the guide here
Barnsbury See the guide here
Primrose Hill See the guide here
Swiss Cottage See the guide here
Brondesbury See the guide here
Belsize Park See the guide here
Kentish Town See the guide here
Highbury Fields See the guide here
Frognal See the guide here
Hampstead See the guide here
Gospel Oak See the guide here
Tufnell Park See the guide here
Holloway See the guide here
Dartmouth Park See the guide here
Archway See the guide here
Upper Holloway See the guide here
Hanover Square See the guide here
Marylebone See the guide here
Great Portland Street See the guide here
Harley Street See the guide here
Chenies See the guide here
Fitzrovia See the guide here
Great Ormond Street Hospital See the guide here
Bloomsbury See the guide here
Little Venice See the guide here
University College London See the guide here
Lisson Grove See the guide here
St Pancras See the guide here
Euston See the guide here
Maida Vale See the guide here
Somers Town See the guide here
St John’s Wood See the guide here
Kings Cross See the guide here
Islington See the guide here
Camden Town See the guide here

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