How is life in Swiss Cottage? A thorough guide of the neighbourhood

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Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Swiss Cottage is an area of Hampstead in the London Borough of Camden, England. It is centred on the junction of Avenue Road and Finchley Road and includes Swiss Cottage tube station. Swiss Cottage lies 3.25 miles (5.23 km) north-northwest of Charing Cross. The area was named after a public house in the centre of it, known as “Ye Olde Swiss Cottage”. “

In Swiss Cottage, what are some things we love?

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

Museums & Galleries in the area

The vitality of a region is shaped by 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 Swiss Cottage, we highly suggest exploring the local galleries, museums, and cultural establishments. These venues offer delightful experiences, especially on weekends.

Museum name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Freud Museum London 20 Maresfield Gardens, London 4.6 1381
Sigmund Freud Memorial 120 Belsize Lane, London 3.7 3

What kind of restaurants are there?

Swiss Cottage 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
Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage 40 College Crescent, London 4.3 1386
Subway 141 Finchley Road, London 4.3 147
Bradleys 25 Winchester Road, London 4.3 192
Singapore Garden 83 Fairfax Road, London 4.3 625
Retsina 48-50 Belsize Lane, London 4.3 385
Nona Italian Restaurant Swiss Cottage 9 Fairhazel Gardens, London 4.3 283
Green Cottage 9, New College Parade, London 4.3 370
Roni’s Bakery – Belsize Village 37, 39 Belsize Lane, London 4.3 642
Udon Cafe 106C Finchley Road, London 4.3 428
The Duke of York 2 Saint Ann’s Terrace, London 4.3 1085
Jamon Jamon Belsize Park 177 Haverstock Hill, London 4.3 539
Oriental Star 134 Finchley Road, London 4.3 246
Rendezvous 9 Fairhazel Gardens, London 4.3 2
Carluccio’s – Marriott Regents Park 128 King Henry’s Road, London 4.3 154
Swiss Cottage Farmers Market Eton Avenue, London 4.3 118
Mia Lounge 135 Finchley Road, London 4.3 860
Duck Duck Goose 5-6, New College Parade, Finchley Road, London 4.3 485
My Tortellini 187 Finchley Road, London 4.3 331
Tortilla Finchley Road 227 Finchley Road, London 4.3 960
GAIL’s Bakery St Johns Wood 5 Circus Road, London 4.3 337

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 Swiss Cottage. As a matter of fact, we didn’t… But we would have loved to. Here is then the list of the greatest pubs of Swiss Cottage

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.

What type of green space is there in Swiss Cottage?

One of London’s best features is its many green spaces. See if Swiss Cottage 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

Are there a lot of supermarkets in Swiss Cottage?

Finally we wouldn’t like to let you down on where to do your grocery shopping in Swiss Cottage. 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 Swiss Cottage.

Supermarket/Grocery store name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
PFC SYDENHAM 42 Sydenham Road, London 4 143
Sainsbury’s Local 313-315 Kirkdale, London 3.6 44
Costsaver 40 Sydenham Road, London 3.7 17
Tesco Express 42 Sydenham Road, London 3.4 32
Premier 5 Newlands Park, London 3.6 20
Lidl 106 Sydenham Road, London 3.9 1117
Tesco Express 139-145 Kirkdale, London 3.2 53
Istanbul Supermarket 91 Sydenham Road, London 4.1 56
WELLSPARK SUPERMARKET 74-76 Wells Park Road, London 4.1 86
Chatka puchatka London N/A N/A
Premier 1 High Level Drive, London 3 1

The range of gyms in Swiss Cottage

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, Swiss Cottage might help you stay in shape. A great feature to have nearby.

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre 4a Adelaide Road, London 4.3 1027
The Martial Arts Place 88 Avenue Road, London 4.3 70
Virgin Active Unit 2, 02 Centre, 255 Finchley Road, London 4.3 363
The Osprey Clinic Private Practice Located at: Marriott Regents Park Hotel, 128 King Henry’s Road, London 4.3 28
Belsize Studio 5 McCrone Mews, London 4.3 6
Pilates At Osprey Private Practice located at: Marriott Regent’s Park Hotel, 128 King Henry’s Road, London 4.3 N/A
Momentum Kickboxing and Lifestyle 95b Fairfax Road, London 4.3 1
Jackson Training Adelaide Road, London 4.3 N/A
The Garuda Pilates Studio 26-28 Finchley Road, London 4.3 27
Pilates in St John’s Wood – MelissaJane Pilates Unit 4, 18-22 Finchley Road, London 4.3 4
Caro Pilates On The Lane – Massage, Beauty, Health & Wellbeing, 16 England’s Lane, London 4.3 5
Yoga with Charli Belsize Community Library, Antrim Grove, London 4.3 31
Gav The Champ Kickboxing Gym 95B Fairfax Road, London 4.3 20
النادي الرياضي 1 Winchester Road, London 4.3 N/A
Yoga with JP Winchester Road, London 4.3 5
Anytime Fitness Swiss Cottage 5, Harben House Harben Parade, Finchley Road, London 4.3 183
Simon Lindsay Pilates 10 Crossfield Road, London 4.3 28
Body Control Studio 15 Belsize Road, London 4.3 2
Sarah Pilates 68 Primrose Gardens, London 4.3 10
Beautiful Warrior Flat 38, Oaklands House, 59 Belsize Road, London 4.3 11

What type of amenities may you need in Swiss Cottage?

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

Post offices in and around the area of Swiss Cottage

Looking for convenient parcel handling? Having a nearby post office is the optimal solution. Beyond standard postal services, the post offices in Swiss Cottage can be found by checking out the table below.

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Swiss Cottage Post Office 9-10, Harben House Harben Parade, Finchley Road, London 1.9 113
St John’s Wood Supermarket 41-45 Charlbert Street, London 4.1 23
Post Office St John’s Wood 41-45 Charlbert Street, London 4.7 74

Health amenities that are in Swiss Cottage

Swiss Cottage has 13 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
NSPN 12 Maresfield Gardens, London N/A N/A
Medicspot Clinic Primrose Hill 28 England’s Lane, London 4.5 2
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust 120 Belsize Lane, London 3.2 87
The Portman Clinic 8 Fitzjohn’s Avenue, London 3 4
Richman EMDR Training 45 Fairhazel Gardens, London 4.8 17
Prime Health Partners 27-29 Winchester Road, London 5 43
MyHealthcare Clinic 167a Finchley Road, London 5 4
Hampstead Mother and Baby Home 17 Daleham Gardens, London N/A N/A
Linnet House Clinic 57 Allitsen Road, London N/A N/A
MedicSpot Clinic St Johns Wood 142 Saint John’s Wood High Street, London 5 1
Primrose Hill Natural Health Centre 9 Saint George’s Mews, London 4.3 3
Belsize Priory Medical Practice 172A Belsize Road, London 4.5 48
Medicspot Clinic Abbey Road 79 Abbey Road, London 5 2

In Swiss Cottage, what schools are nearby?

Having a nearby school is ideal when relocating. Below is a list of schools located within Swiss Cottage

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
South Hampstead High School 3 Maresfield Gardens, London 3.9 12
The UCL Academy Adelaide Road, London 2.8 78
The American School in London 1 Waverley Place, London 4.4 25
Swiss Cottage School, Development & Research Centre 80 Avenue Road, London 4.4 24
North Bridge House – Nursery Hampstead 33 Fitzjohn’s Avenue, London 5 4
Trevor Roberts School 57 Eton Avenue, London 5 2
Hampstead Taiji Quan Old Winchester Arms, The Winchester Project, 21 Winchester Road, London N/A N/A
A Pilkington 19 College Crescent, London N/A N/A
BabyBallet 8 Winchester Road, London N/A N/A
The Hall School (Middle School) 54 Eton Avenue, London N/A N/A
A S L 38 Buckland Crescent, London 5 1
The Hall School (Senior School) Senior School, THE HALL, 23 Crossfield Road, London N/A N/A
St Mary’S The Town & Country School 38-40 Eton Avenue, London N/A N/A
Ready Steady Go 21 Alexandra Road, London 5 2
Keren’s Nursery Belsize Park 51 Belsize Square, London 5 5
Ormiston Beachcroft Academy 35 Finchley Road, London 3.5 4
St Paul’s CE Primary School Elsworthy Road, London 4.3 8
Poppins Daycare Nursery 20 Fellows Road, London N/A N/A
North Bridge House – Pre-Prep School Hampstead 8 Netherhall Gardens, London N/A N/A
Abcschool England’s Lane, London N/A N/A

In Swiss Cottage, what tube and train stations are nearby?

Train and tube stations in Swiss Cottage can provide you with direct links to nearby cities and hence, they are a desirable feature for people when deciding on a place to live. Those who move into a city with direct transport links are able to travel further for work and will maybe spend less time commuting. Find a table below about where these transport links are:

Train or tube station name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
South Hampstead 156 Loudoun Road, London 3.6 22
Finchley Road Underground Station Underground Ltd, Finchley Road, London 4 134
Swiss Cottage Finchley Road, London 4.2 80
St. John’s Wood United Kingdom 4.2 95

What to do in the area of Swiss Cottage

Swiss Cottage 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 Swiss Cottage. To simplify you the task of finding the page here is the link to see the upcoming events in Swiss Cottage. Also having a clear view of what is available in Swiss Cottage 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 are not 100% sure that you want to move in Swiss Cottage? 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
Bayswater See the guide here
Marylebone See the guide here
Great Portland Street See the guide here
Harley Street See the guide here
Fitzrovia See the guide here
Little Venice See the guide here
University College London See the guide here
Lisson Grove 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
Queen’s Park See the guide here
Kings Cross See the guide here
Camden Town See the guide here
Kilburn See the guide here
Primrose Hill 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
Hampstead 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
Bayswater See the guide here
Marylebone See the guide here
Great Portland Street See the guide here
Harley Street See the guide here
Fitzrovia See the guide here
Little Venice See the guide here
University College London See the guide here
Lisson Grove 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
Queen’s Park See the guide here
Kings Cross See the guide here
Camden Town See the guide here
Kilburn See the guide here
Primrose Hill See the guide here
Chalk Farm See the guide here
Brondesbury See the guide here

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