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A locals' guide to NW3

"The properties in Hampstead are highly desirable owing to their period charm."

Mike Tracy

"One of the best things about Finchley is the fantastic transport links..."

Kristian Brown

"Hampstead High Street has a delightful community feel with its upmarket independent boutiques and restaurants."

Ed Rafter

What is your favourite place?

Where do NW3 locals go?

La Crêperie de Hampstead

This little food van does amazing sweet and savoury crepes. Be warned, there's always a queue!

Flask Walk

A delightful cut through between Hampstead High Street and Back Lane, Flask Walk epitomises Hampstead's upmarket, community charm.


Amazing fresh, cold pressed juices, high-quality fruit and veg and healthy treats; perfect for the health conscious amongst us.

Pentameters Theatre

Above The Horseshoe pub, this small theatre puts on a number of performances all year round.

Hampstead Sports Massage

Wonderful massage therapists in Hampstead that do home visits. The therapists are great, especially on Sundays when I'm most lazy.


A small but perfected menu of tasty burgers and sides. There's also vegetarian options and non-beef burgers too.

Hampstead Heath

Affording one of the best views of London, Hampstead Heath is certainly a peaceful spot to look at the skyline in all its glory!

The Armoury Gym

An independent, not that busy, bright gym with lots of windows and natural light, offering good classes and lovely staff too.

Garden Cafe

Great for all-day breakfast or brunch!

Parliament Hill

Excellent views of London's skyline, where you can see St Paul's Cathedral, the Shard and the Gherkin. A great place to be when the sun is out!

The Hampstead Butcher

A well stocked local butchers selling awesome steaks!


The best selection of baby brands, along with classes and a good cup of coffee!

Oliver Bonas

The perfect place to pick up a gift or a treat for yourself! Clothes, jewellery and beauty products, all under one roof...

The Horseshoe

Great for a drink after a long day at the office, this gastropub serves delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes made using fresh ingredients - not a microwave meal in site!

The Holly Bush

Just off Holly Hill, the Holly Bush is a delightful pub in an even more charming setting.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Belsize Park, Swiss Cottage, Hampstead, West Hampstead, South Hampstead, St John's Wood, Dartmouth Park, Kentish Town, Child's Hill and Camden

What do you love about NW3?

Why do you find NW3 a great place to live?


"Apart from amazing personal memories, I think it's London's most charming and romantic place. Lovely restaurants, beautiful park, breathtaking mansions and top-class bars. By some country miles, London's best place."

January 2017


"It offers a great selection of family-friendly restaurants and shops, along with close proximity to Primrose Hill, Regent's Part and Hampstead Heath."

March 2016


"Church End is AMAZING. It's like a pretty English village, yet you're still in zone 4. The houses are big, beautiful and full of character. Residents take care of their homes (or have gardeners who do) and it's like Chelsea (where we used to live). Homes are expensive but worth it because you still get so much more for your money here. Moving here was the best decision we made for our kids. Best roads are Hendon Av... more

January 2016


"The area is safe, therefore it's best for living as a family."

February 2015


"It is the most historical, splendid neighbourhood in London. With it's architectural variation and beauty, the close proximity to the Heath, the eclectic mix of residents and the close proximity to so many other great areas it dazzles the senses."

January 2015


"Lots of cafes, easy access to central London, quiet and beautiful area with lots of period homes, gardens and plants."

January 2015


"Hampstead is chic but not too snobby. Close to a big park, has restaurants and shops - excellent schools."

December 2014

Mike Sweidan

"The eclectic stucco architecture and numerous trees in the area, the proximity to wide green spaces such as Primrose Hill and Hampstead Heath. The fact that Belsize Park has three distinct focal shopping disctricts in Englands lane, Haverstock Hill and Steeles Village, and Belsize Village make it a cosmopolitan and trendy area. The convenience of being so close to the City makes the area extremely desirable, not to mention you... more

May 2011


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"20 Maresfields Gardens was once the home of neurologist Sigmund Freud and is now a museum set up in his honour."

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Child-friendly activities near NW3

Make & Do

Camden Arts Centre
Every Sunday while the exhibitions are on families with children can drop in to the Drawing Studio for practical and creative activities based around the exhibitions. Activities are suitable for all ages. No booking is required. Website

Amanda's Action Club

Huggle Shop
A fun and action-filled dance/music class with toys and props. Each toy helps develop motor-control or spacial awareness and is great for tiring little ones out. £75/10-week block, £10 pay-as-you-go Website

The creation station at JW3

We all want our children to explore their creativity, but the mess and stress of doing it yourself at home can be tricky. These classes provide the perfect solution for all your child's creative needs; inspiring their imaginations while helping you to have fun with them too. Classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage. Each term is themed around texture, colour or shapes and by the end of each class, the children get to proudly take home their achievements. This term we will explore the World of Shapes and making some wonderful special occasion crafts for Shavuot and Father's Day. And you'll enjoy doing something lovely alongside your little one, while they draw, paint and make. For ages 1-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Website

Perform Acting, Singing and Dance Classes-Hampstead Royal Free Hospital

Royal Free Hospital Recreation Club
The only drama, dance and singing workshops for 4-7 year olds that focuses on helping develop children's confidence, co-ordination, communication and concentration skills. Perform will give your child amazing social skills and will be the best fun of their week. Website

Swiss Cottage Dance: Ballet Classes

Swiss Cottage Community Centre
The 2 - 4 year old classes are very special and a child's first experience of a dancing class. Children are taught basic co-ordination skills whilst learning to interpret and understand different styles of music. Ballet in the Cecchetti method is taught to pupils of 4 years and upwards. Timetable 10.00 - 10.45 Babies Ballet 2.5-3.5years 10.45 - 11.30 Transition 4-5years 11.30 - 12.15 Primary 12.15 - 13.00 Grade 1 13.00 - 13.45 Grade 3 Ballet 13.45 - 14.30 Grade 4 Modern Dance 14.30 - 15.15 Standard 3 Ballet 15.15 - 16.00 Standard 2 Ballet 16.00 - 17.00 Grade 6 Ballet 17.00 - 17.15 Pointe Work Class Website


Royal Free Hospital,
Aquakiddies/Babies swimming lessons, whilst teaching essential baby swimming skills, also strongly emphasise 'having fun' as we believe enjoyment to be vital for baby health. Our swimming lessons for toddlers and babies, which take place across London, West Sussex and the UK, are carefully designed and structured to allow for your baby's needs so that you and your baby enjoy the whole experience and experience the full benefits of baby swimming. Website

Tang Long - Shaolin Kung Fu & Tai Chi Centre

The only full time Chinese Culture and Martial Arts school in NW3! Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, Meditation, plus many more classes! We offer a friendly training environment and guarantee to improve your health and fitness Website
  1. About NW3

    NW3 is the postcode district in North West London incorporating the areas of Hampstead, Chalk Farm, Primrose Hill (part), Swiss Cottage, Belsize Park, Gospel Oak (part), Frognal, Childs Hill (a small part) and is covered by the Camden and Barnet local authorities.

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