Is Hampstead a nice place to live in?

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People walking on the riversides in London

Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Hampstead is an area in London, England, which lies four miles northwest of Charing Cross, and extends from the A5 road to Hampstead Heath, a large, hilly expanse of parkland. The area forms the northwest part of the London Borough of Camden, a borough in Inner London which for the purposes of the London Plan is designated as part of Central London. “

The things you might need in Hampstead

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

What schools are in the area of Hampstead?

Having a nearby school is a plus when moving. Below are schools located by Hampstead. 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
University College School Senior School Frognal, London 4.5 6
LSI London Hampstead 13 Lyndhurst Terrace, London 4.8 128
North Bridge House – Nursery Hampstead 33 Fitzjohn’s Avenue, London 5 4
Fitzjohn’s Primary School 86A Fitzjohn’s Avenue, London 4.6 10
Mini Mozart Music Classes for Babies and Toddlers 120 Heath Street, London 4.6 18
Griffin and Bell Education Ltd Suite 3, 25-27 Heath Street, London N/A N/A
Hampstead Parochial Church of England Primary School 2A Holly Bush Vale, London 3.5 2
Devonshire House Nursery School and Middle School Devonshire House School, 2 Arkwright Road, London 4.3 15
Heathside School Hampstead 84a Heath Street, London 3.8 29
Devonshire House Lower School 69 Fitzjohn’s Avenue, London N/A N/A
LSI College Heath House, 13 Lyndhurst Terrace, London 5 10
Royal Free Hospital Childrens School 25 Pond Street, London 5 1
St Christopher’s School 32 Belsize Lane, London N/A N/A
Casa Dei Bambini Montessori School 1 Dresden Close, London 5 8
Lithos Pre-school The Tenants Community Hall 48, Jacaranda House, London 5 1
North Bridge House – Pre-Prep School Hampstead 8 Netherhall Gardens, London N/A N/A
Kumon Maths & English St Andrew’s Church Hall, Frognal Lane, London 5 1
Christ Church Primary School Christchurch Hill, London 2.5 23
The Academy School The Call Center, 3 Pilgrim’s Place, London 3.7 7
Perform 255 Finchley Road, London N/A N/A

Are there many post offices in the region of Hampstead?

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
Hampstead Post Office 79-81A Hampstead High Street, London 4.1 119
Belsize Park Post Office 199-205 Haverstock Hill, London 2.8 68
Hampstead Delivery Office Royal Mail Hampstead Delivery Office, Shepherds Walk, London 2 86

Health amenities that are in Hampstead

Hampstead has 17 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
Royal Free Hospital Pond Street, London 3.3 1138
Doctor Today Private Medical Centre 182 Finchley Road, London 4.7 43
The Royal Free London – Private Patients Unit 12th Floor, Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London 3.3 35
NSPN 12 Maresfield Gardens, London N/A N/A
Mandi Simons Counselling and Psychotherapy 28B Hampstead High Street, London N/A N/A
IVANZI | Microblading London 91 Heath Street, London 4.9 17
Queen Mary’s House 23 East Heath Road, London 4 1
Professor Kevin Moore Pond Street, London N/A N/A
The Portman Clinic 8 Fitzjohn’s Avenue, London 3 4
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust 120 Belsize Lane, London 3.2 87
Paediatric Gastroenterologist Dr Daniel Crespi Kids Gastro Care Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London 4.9 15
Glam Aesthetics Group Finchley 180 Finchley Road, London N/A N/A
Professor Rajiv Jalan 10 Pond Street, London N/A N/A
Cosmetic Surgeons London Royal Free Hampstead N H S Trust, Pond Street, London 5 1
Hampstead Mother and Baby Home 17 Daleham Gardens, London N/A N/A
Rec Club – Vaccine Centre Fleet Road, London 4.5 17
The Grove Centre Rowland Hill Street N/A N/A

Tube & Train stations nearby the area of Hampstead

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 Hampstead to help you find what would be the best location for you to move in. There are 3 train or tube stations within the Hampstead area. Here are the main ones

Train or tube station name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Finchley Road & Frognal United Kingdom 4.2 48
Hampstead Heath Greater, South Hill Park, London 4.5 68
Hampstead Underground Ltd, Hampstead High Street, London 4.4 96

Things that make us love Hampstead

What makes the heart of Hampstead? 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 Hampstead to help you decide to move in there.

Restaurants

Hampstead 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
Premier Inn London Hampstead hotel 215 Haverstock Hill, London 4.3 998
The Holly Bush, Hampstead 22 Holly Mount, London 4.3 1838
Taro 293 Finchley Road, London 4.3 209
Gaucho Hampstead 64 Heath Street, London 4.3 814
Everyman Hampstead 5 Holly Bush Vale, London 4.3 719
The Wells Tavern 30 Well Walk, London 4.3 976
The Coffee Cup 74 Hampstead High Street, London 4.3 410
Freemasons Arms Hampstead 32 Downshire Hill, Greater, Hampstead Heath, London 4.3 2363
Jin Kichi 73 Heath Street, London 4.3 706
The George 250 Haverstock Hill, London 4.3 1150
Villa Bianca 1 Perrin’s Court, London 4.3 477
Retsina 48-50 Belsize Lane, London 4.3 385
Dim T 3 Heath Street, London 4.3 432
Ginger & White 4a, 5a Perrin’s Court, London 4.3 732
Zara Restaurant 11 South End Road, London 4.3 373
Paradise 49 South End Road, London 4.3 491
GAIL’s Bakery Hampstead 64 Hampstead High Street, London 4.3 384
Roni’s Bakery – Belsize Village 37, 39 Belsize Lane, London 4.3 642
Tandis 289 Finchley Road, London 4.3 291
Jamon Jamon Belsize Park 177 Haverstock Hill, London 4.3 539

Pubs

As Londoners at Cozee, we cherish our weekly visits to the local pub. Why not embrace the same in your new living space? We’ve diligently tested and reviewed all the pubs in Hampstead – well, not literally, but we wish we had! Here’s our list of the finest pubs in Hampstead.

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.

Galleries and Museums

Art helps discover an area’s culture. Galleries and museums are great weekend enjoyment and you can find where all the fun is happening by checking out the museum and galleries table for Hampstead below.

Museum name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Keats House 10 Keats Grove, London 4.5 365
Freud Museum London 20 Maresfield Gardens, London 4.6 1381
Burgh House Burgh House, New End Square, London 4.5 517
Jewish Museum London First Floor Office, Residential Tower, 353-359 Finchley Road, London 4.5 628
Camden Art Centre Arkwright Road, London 4.5 542
2 Willow Road 2 Willow Road, London 4.4 145
Sigmund Freud Memorial 120 Belsize Lane, London 3.7 3

Gyms to stay in shape in Hampstead

In Hampstead, 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
UCS Active Frognal, London 4.3 142
The Armoury (Hampstead) 25 Pond Street, London 4.3 94
Sweaty Betty 35 Heath Street, London 4.3 11
Virgin Active Unit 2, 02 Centre, 255 Finchley Road, London 4.3 363
Shiatsu 2 Well Road, London 4.3 N/A
Belsize Studio 5 McCrone Mews, London 4.3 6
Barrecore Hampstead 7-9 Pond Street, London 4.3 17
Gymuser 5 Heath Hurst Road, London 4.3 N/A
Pilates Tonic London 4.3 15
Royal Free Recreation Club – Hampstead Fleet Road, London 4.3 117
Heartcore 50 Hampstead High Street, London 4.3 17
London Yogi 120 Heath Street, London 4.3 N/A
Pilates Art Physiotherapy Heath Hurst Road, London 4.3 N/A
SantisPilates London 4.3 16
True Pilates London, A Romana’s Pilates Studio 6 Chesterford Gardens, London 4.3 10
SkyLimit Coaches 15 Flask Walk, London 4.3 5
Cooper Coaching Freds gym, 24 Heath Street, London 4.3 N/A
Freds gym 24A Heath Street, London 4.3 4
breathe & pace 13 Heath Street, London 4.3 N/A
basement 13 heath street 13 Heath Street, London 4.3 N/A

What are the range of supermarkets like?

Grocery shopping is something that people do all the time, so it would make sense to want to find out where the nearest shopping centres are in your area. In Hampstead, Take a look at the major supermarkets nearby, so you know where to go grocery shopping if you are to make this place your home.

Supermarket/Grocery store name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Lidl 88-96 High Road, London 4.2 2463
Tesco Express 46-50 High Street, London 3.6 58
Poundland 44-46 High Road, London 4.2 875
Tesco Express 8-9 Salisbury Road, Green Lanes, London 2.8 101
Sainsbury’s 54-58 High Road, London 4.2 1766
Morrisons The High Road Wood Green, London 4.1 3336
Tesco Express 1-3 High Road, London 3 80
The Food Hall 22-24 Turnpike Lane, London 4.4 235
Iceland Supermarket Wood Green Mayes Road, London 4.1 607
Buy 2 Save Supermarket Turnpike Lane 41-45 Turnpike Lane, London 3.9 253
Rajco 41 Tottenham Lane, London 4.6 8
Sainsbury’s Smithfield Square, High Street, London 4.2 1131
E & A Supermarket 65 Tottenham Lane, London 4.1 7
Green Market 16 High Road, London 4.2 5
Get In Mini Market 274 Langham Road, London 3.6 25
All day express 23 Westbury Avenue, London 4 4
Aksu Food Centre London 655 Green Lanes, London 3.7 37
Elvan food center 589-591 Green Lanes, London 3 2
Taste of the Orient Filipino store / Alpha Hr Consultants Ltd Unit 55-58, Market Hall Wood Green Shopping City, shopping mall, High Road, London 4.7 37
Sama Food UK 578, 580 Green Lanes, London 4.1 145

What type of green space is there in Hampstead?

One of London’s best features is its many green spaces. See if Hampstead offers space for strolls or picnics.

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

What kind of things are there to do in the city of Hampstead?

Hampstead is vibrant with life, activities and to find out what to do in your area we recommend you to have a look at websites like Timeout. Timeout updates on a weekly basis things to do in Hampstead. To simplify you the task of finding the page here is the link to see the upcoming events in Hampstead. Also having a clear view of what is available in Hampstead and where is a great way to project yourself within this new area. This is why we created the following map where we gathered all the information you will find in this article.

Other areas nearby

You could find your new neighbourhood in an area that is nearby and similar to Hampstead. Check out some of our other guides on places nearby so you’re sure your ideal place to buy a property isn’t next door.

Neighbourhood name Link to our guide
Lisson Grove See the guide here
Maida Vale See the guide here
St John’s Wood See the guide here
Queen’s Park See the guide here
Camden Town See the guide here
Kilburn See the guide here
Primrose Hill See the guide here
Swiss Cottage See the guide here
Chalk Farm See the guide here
Brondesbury See the guide here
Belsize Park See the guide here
Kentish Town See the guide here
Frognal See the guide here
Gospel Oak See the guide here
Tufnell Park See the guide here
Dartmouth Park See the guide here
Cricklewood See the guide here
Childs Hill See the guide here
Archway See the guide here
Upper Holloway See the guide here
Golders Green See the guide here
Hampstead Garden Suburb See the guide here
Erskine Village See the guide here
Lisson Grove See the guide here
Maida Vale See the guide here
St John’s Wood See the guide here
Queen’s Park See the guide here
Camden Town See the guide here
Kilburn See the guide here
Primrose Hill See the guide here
Swiss Cottage See the guide here
Chalk Farm See the guide here
Brondesbury See the guide here
Belsize Park See the guide here
Kentish Town See the guide here
Frognal See the guide here
Gospel Oak See the guide here
Tufnell Park See the guide here
Dartmouth Park See the guide here
Cricklewood See the guide here
Childs Hill See the guide here
Archway See the guide here

Are you looking to buy or sell a property in this area? Have a look at our detailed analysis of the postcodes below

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