Is Gospel Oak a nice place to live in?

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Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Gospel Oak is an inner urban area of north west London in the London Borough of Camden at the very south of Hampstead Heath. The neighbourhood is positioned between Hampstead to the north-west, Dartmouth Park to the north-east, Kentish Town to the south-east, and Belsize Park to the south-west. Gospel Oak lies across the NW5 and NW3 postcodes and is served by Gospel Oak station on the London Overground. The North London Suburb, Gospel Oak, has many schools around it. “

The amenities you might need in Gospel Oak

Below is a list of the places you may want to check out if the area of Gospel Oak. This can really help you out when you are moving to an area or neighbourhood.

How many hospitals, pharmacies and doctors are there in Gospel Oak?

Gospel Oak has 3 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
Parliament Hill Medical Centre 113-117 Highgate Road, London 4.4 40
Paramana Doula Flat 1, 72 Savernake Road, London N/A N/A
MedicSpot Clinic Tufnell Park 165 Fortess Road, London 4 1

Tube & Train stations nearby Gospel Oak

We assembled the train and tube stations of Gospel Oak in a convenient table below so you can find the best location for you to live if transport connections are important to you.

Train or tube station name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Kentish Town Station Underground Ltd, Kentish Town Underground, Kentish Town Road, London 3.7 96
Gospel Oak Gordon House Road, London 4.1 116
Tufnell Park United Kingdom 3.5 66
Kentish Town Station Underground Ltd, Kentish Town Underground, Kentish Town Road, London 3.7 96

Post offices in the area of Gospel Oak

Nearby post offices simplify sending and getting packages. Gospel Oak branches also offer services like money orders and insurance along with mail services. Here they are along with their proximity to the area.

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Highgate Road Post Office 111 Highgate Road, London 3.5 24
Queens Crescent Post Office 139 Queens Crescent, London 3.5 86
Royal Mail Post Box 42 Hillway, London 5 2

Schools around Gospel Oak

Having a nearby school is a plus when moving. Below are schools located by Gospel Oak. This table is especially important to pay attention to if you are trying to find a place for your child to learn in the next few years.

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Gospel Oak Primary School Mansfield Road, London 3.8 10
Acland Burghley School Acland Burghley School, 93 Burghley Road, London 3.5 23
Parliament Hill School Highgate Road, London 3.5 32
Larion Stolk Singing Teacher 35 Elaine Grove, London N/A N/A
Weedington Pre-school 170 Weedington Road, London N/A N/A
The Spanish Nursery Ingestre Community Centre, Ingestre Road, London 4.3 20
Stewart INternational School – La Petite Ecole Bilingue Kentish Town 22 Vicar’s Road, London 5 2
Collaldra School of Writing 33 Brookfield, Highgate West Hill, London N/A N/A
Ceesay Nursery School Charity 46 Dartmouth Park Hill, London N/A N/A
Konstam Children Centre 75 Chester Road, London 5 1
La Sainte Union Catholic School Highgate Road, London 2.9 50
Agincourt House Agincourt Road, London N/A N/A
Heath School – Pupil Referral Unit CCFL Key Stage 4 School, Agincourt Road, London N/A N/A
SCL International College Kentish Town Campus 65 Holmes Road, London 4.5 18
LaSWAP Sixth Form Consortium Highgate Road, London 4 5
The Caraf Centre 27-30 Cheriton Avenue, Queens Crescent, London 4.4 7
Busybumblebeesmontessori 115A Queens Crescent, London N/A N/A
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School Holmes Road, London 3 2
William Ellis School UK 3.9 13
Chameleon Nursery Ltd 76 Dartmouth Park Hill, London N/A N/A

Things that make us love Gospel Oak

What makes the heart of Gospel Oak? At Cozee we asked ourselves what would define the culture, the vibe of a given area. We have come up with the following elements so whether you are a foodie or a night bird, we got you covered. Check out the different restaurants, pubs, gym that exist in Gospel Oak to help you decide to move in there.

Parks and green spaces in Gospel Oak

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 Gospel Oak in more detail.

Park Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Jubilee Gardens Belvedere Road, London 4.5 1413
Elm Court 1 Pump Court, London 4.3 6
Middle Temple Gardens 3 Middle Temple Lane, Temple, London 4.7 82
Bernie Spain Gardens South Bank, London 4.4 488
Bloomsbury Square Garden 14 Bloomsbury Square, London 4.3 2017
The Phoenix Garden 21 Stacey Street, London 4.6 461
LGBT Chairs ️‍ Ground Floor, South East Wing, Bush House, 300 Strand, London 5 1
Victoria Embankment Gardens 4 Temple Place, Temple, London N/A N/A
Potnotch Jubilee Market, Tavistock Street, London 5 1
London Memorial Garden Savoy Place, London 3.8 4
Drury Lane Gardens 58 Drury Lane, London 3.9 16
Fountain Court Temple, London 4.6 8
Southbank boardwalk South Bank, Unnamed Road, London 4.8 13
Street Art Skaterpark 337-338 Belvedere Road, London N/A N/A
National Theatre garden terrace South Bank, National Theatre, London N/A N/A
The Diamond Jubilee Penny Maze Henrietta Street, London 5 1
Southbank (River Thames South) Walkpath. Unnamed Road, London 4.8 18
Victoria Embankment Gardens Villiers Street, London 4.6 2523
Diamond Jubilee Garden St Pauls Church, Bedford Street, London 4.4 12
BIG 7 7 Bell Yard, London N/A N/A


Gospel Oak is rich in restaurants, from Indian, Chinese or Italian ones, your area is vibrant with life and the foodies that you may be will surely find what you are looking for.

Restaurant Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
The Vine The Vine, 86 Highgate Road, London 4.3 865
The Junction Tavern 101 Fortess Road, London 4.3 689
Assembly House 292-294 Kentish Town Road, London 4.3 1112
Boston Arms 178 Junction Road, London 4.3 413
The Queen of Sheba Restaurant 12 Fortess Road, London 4.3 433
Tops Pizza 81 Fortess Road, London 4.3 81
The Tiffin Tin (Tufnell Park) 122 Junction Road, London 4.3 183
Dixy Chicken 171A Fortess Road, London 4.3 77
Pret A Manger 341 Kentish Town Road, London 4.3 331
Pizza Hut Delivery 120 Fortess Road, London 4.3 146
Kusadasi Restaurant London 151 Fortess Road, London 4.3 112
Highgate Newtown Community Partners 25 Bertram Street, London 4.3 41
Bistro Laz 1-2 Highgate West Hill, London 4.3 558
Benugo Highgate Kitchen 53-79 Highgate Road, London 4.3 8
Италиански ресторант “Вкусно” 320 Kentish Town Road, London 4.3 201
GAIL’s Bakery Swain’s Lane 21 Swain’s Lane, London 4.3 332
QC Flavas, Belsize Park 98 Queens Crescent, Belsize Park, London 4.3 107
The China 食軒 (formerly Fortune Express) 6 Dartmouth Park Hill, London 4.3 76
Zam’s Chicken 141 Queens Crescent, London 4.3 77
Rossella 103 Highgate Road, London 4.3 1108

Pubs in the region

As Londoners, at Cozee we are deeply attached to our weekly attendance to our local pub. Why should you be different in the place where you are going to live? That is why we have been testing and reviewing all the pubs in Gospel Oak. As a matter of fact, we didn’t… But we would have loved to. Here is then the list of the greatest pubs of Gospel Oak

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
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 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 range of gyms in Gospel Oak

In Gospel Oak, using the public parks is not for everyone. Finding out if you are able to attend a local gym or leisure centre nearby may be a good idea if you are trying to move to the area perhaps for permanent residency.

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Fierce Grace Hot Yoga – North (Hothouse) 173-175 Queens Crescent, London 4.3 21
Peach Physique Parliament Hill Lido, London 4.3 19
PureGym London Kentish Town 53, 79 Highgate Road, London 4.3 263
Pilates Clinique Ltd Linton House, 39-51 Highgate Road, London 4.3 3
SF Studios London Hampstead Heath, 5 Ella Mews, London 4.3 28
Scimitar Fencing Club The Gymnasium, Acland Burghley School, 93 Burghley Road, London 4.3 N/A
The College Practice Osteopathy, Physio & Pilates 60 Highgate Road, London 4.3 59
Good For Your Bum Pilates 39-51 Highgate Road, London 4.3 2
Yoga Classes in Hampstead entrance in, Gospel Oak Methodist Church Hall, Agincourt Road, Lisburne Road, London 4.3 9
Nia Dance Workout 39-51 Highgate Road, London 4.3 1
FitOne Training Highgate Unit 1, The Mews, Gordon House Road, London 4.3 52
F45 Hampstead Heath Units 3 & 4, Spectrum House, 32-34 Gordon House Road, London 4.3 62
Guardians Personal Training Hampstead Heath, Parliament Hill lido, London 4.3 16
Be Military Fit Hampstead Heath Parliament Hill Fields, Gordon House Road, London 4.3 24
Fit Shape Personal Training Studio 32A Highgate Road, London 4.3 N/A
The Basement LDN Gym + Studio 39-51 Highgate Road, London 4.3 236
London Tang Soo Do – Martial Arts 117 Wellesley Road, London 4.3 1
Native Karma 196 Grafton Road, London 4.3 6
Camden Panthers Basketball Team Tufnell Park, London 4.3 1
Acland Burghley School Gymnasium Quandavious Churchill Road, London 4.3 3

Museums & Galleries in the area

The vitality of a community stems from its residents who live, work, and engage with one another. Exploring an area through art offers a fresh perspective. If you’re considering relocating to Gospel Oak, we highly suggest exploring the local galleries, museums, and cultural establishments. They offer delightful weekend activities and contribute to the vibrant atmosphere of the region.

Museum name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Winscombe St – Neave Brown (Grade 2 Listed) 15B Winscombe Street, London N/A N/A

Where can you buy groceries in the area

Out of all the other services in Gospel Oak, supermarkets are arguably some of the most important. Take a look at the table below that tells you where the nearest supermarkets are so you can do your shppping conveniently. It would be a shame to move somewhere new and not realise some of your favourite stores aren’t nearby in Gospel Oak.

Supermarket/Grocery store name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Poundland 64 Kingsland High Street, London 4 367
Tesco Express 284 Kingsland Road, London 1.7 232
Tesco Express 523 Kingsland Road, London 3.2 47
Sainsbury’s Dalston Cross Shopping Centre, London 4 1726
Vanilla Pods 5 Ridley Road, London N/A N/A
Nisa Boleyn 54 Boleyn Road, London 4 53
TFC Dalston 89 Ridley Road, London 4 835
Greenwood Food & Wine 62-64, Greenwood Road, London 3.8 51
Iceland Supermarket Dalston 12, Dalston Cross Shopping Centre, London 4 282
Costcutter 54 Boleyn Road, London 4.7 3
Junction Supermarket 25 Dalston Lane, London 2.5 74
Topaloglu Food & Wine off-licence Off-License Topaloglu Food & Wine, 478 Kingsland Road, London 4.7 33
N1 Food Centre London 49 Balls Pond Road, London 4.5 23
ALDI 3-5, Kingsland Shopping Centre, Kingsland High Street, London 4 309
M&S Foodhall 51-57 Kingsland High Street, London 4.3 431
Prestige Supermarket 350-352 Queensbridge Road, London 3.9 34
Fortune star mart 福星 超市 104 Kingsland High Street, London 5 8
Yours Locally London 386 Kingsland Road, London 3.5 23
Serhat Supermarket 349 Queensbridge Road, London 3.6 32
Hootch Supermarket 140-142 Kingsland High Street, London 4.7 49

How’s the local life around Gospel Oak

There’s always something going on in a vibrant area like Gospel Oak. For ideas on activities, check Timeout which updates weekly on local events. We’re including a link to their Gospel Oak listings to help you easily find stuff happening soon. A great way to get oriented in a new area is seeing what’s around and where. Our map gathers property price details and other info from this article to give you a snapshot of Gospel Oak offerings.

Other nearby areas

If you are not completely sure that you want to move the area check out our other guides about cities in the nearby vicinity

Neighbourhood name Link to our guide
Euston See the guide here
Somers Town See the guide here
St John’s Wood See the guide here
Kings Cross See the guide here
Camden Town See the guide here
Barnsbury See the guide here
Primrose Hill See the guide here
Swiss Cottage See the guide here
Chalk Farm 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
Tufnell Park See the guide here
Holloway See the guide here
Dartmouth Park See the guide here
Childs Hill See the guide here
Finsbury Park See the guide here
Archway See the guide here
Upper Holloway See the guide here
Sandy Lodge See the guide here
Crouch End See the guide here
Euston See the guide here
Somers Town See the guide here
St John’s Wood See the guide here
Kings Cross See the guide here
Camden Town See the guide here
Barnsbury See the guide here
Primrose Hill See the guide here
Swiss Cottage See the guide here
Chalk Farm 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
Tufnell Park See the guide here
Holloway See the guide here
Dartmouth Park See the guide here
Childs Hill See the guide here
Finsbury Park See the guide here

Looking for a detailed analysis of the property market? Check out our analysis at a postcode level here.

Postcode area Link to our property price guide
NW3 See our property price guide for NW3
NW1 See our property price guide for NW1
NW5 See our property price guide for NW5

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