A locals' guide to Swiss Cottage
"One of the best things about Finchley is the fantastic transport links..."Kristian Brown
"The cobbled mewses of Belsize Park form delightful backdrops for stunning properties..."Mike Tracy
"When it's only a short distance to walk to Primrose Hill and St John's Wood, Swiss Cottage is in a prime spot."Kristian Brown
Where do Swiss Cottage locals go?
The best selection of baby brands, along with classes and a good cup of coffee!
Submitted by Joseph
Duke of York
A fantastic local pub for after-work drinks. Wednesday is steak night, serving great food at great value.
Submitted by Kristian
The best deli in St John's Wood selling everything from fruit and veg to kosher products.
Submitted by Sara
Megan's do the best salads and cakes - a great addition to St John's Wood High Street!
Submitted by Sophie
A great bar ideal for after work drinks and a good place to take a date!
Submitted by Thomas
With a menu of freshly prepared lunch and dinner dishes, this place does a great sirloin steak and pepper sauce!
Submitted by Andrew
The Cocoa Exchange
Handmade chocolates in sumptuous surroundings, this shop is the perfect place to pick up a special sweet treat for chocolate lovers.
Submitted by Thomas
It's great to watch The Beatles fans recreate their album cover on Abbey Road!
Submitted by Joan
La Boutique Secret
In the heart of West Hampstead, you can indulge yourself in fantastic clothes at amazing prices! It's always busy and there are lovely ladies to help you.
Submitted by Grace
Serving European food, this delightful little restaurant has an early bird menu too.
Submitted by Daisy
The Armoury Gym
An independent, not that busy, bright gym with lots of windows and natural light, offering good classes and lovely staff too.
Submitted by Claire
Why do you find Swiss Cottage a great place to live?
"It offers a great selection of family-friendly restaurants and shops, along with close proximity to Primrose Hill, Regent's Part and Hampstead Heath."
"The area is safe, therefore it's best for living as a family."
What do you like about Swiss Cottage?
Did you know?
"The name Belsize Park derives from the French 'bel assis' meaning 'well situated'."
Explore Swiss Cottage
Child-friendly activities near Swiss Cottage
Diddi Dance - Huggle ShopHuggle Shop
Using various dancing games and exercises, bells, hoops and dance ribbons to our own funky pop songs your little one not only improves their rhythm and co-ordination but also social and gross motor skills. We also look at different dance styles every half term from salsa and hip hop to country and disco. Website
Play CantoneseSwiss Cottage Library,
Songs and stories in Cantonese. Swiss Cottage Library. Free. (They have songboards up in Cantonese and English so non-Cantonese speakers can follow along). 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. Website
Amanda's Action ClubHuggle 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
Perform Acting, Singing and Dance Classes - Belsize Park The Hall Senior SchoolThe Hall Senior School,
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
Baby BalletHuggle Shop
Baby Ballet is designed to encourage babies and young children to enjoy the benefits and joys of song and dance. Baby ballet has built up a fantastic reputation for providing children with the opportunity to express themselves within a fun, safe and caring environment. All of our fantastic teachers are fully qualified and have up to date CRB. Tuesdays 2:00 Tinies - 18 months to 3 years 2:45 Tots - 6 to 18 months 3:30 Tinies - 18 months to 3 years Website
A Joy of MandarinHuggle
Joy of Mandarin offers Chinese Mandarin learning experience for toddlers, preschoolers and primary school children in the Swiss Cottage, Primrose Hill and St Johns Wood localities. Founder and Director Vivienne Wang has combined her unique background of Montessori and Mandarin teaching qualifications to emphasize learning through fun and 'meaningful experiences'. Website
The Martial Arts PlaceSwiss Cottage Leisure Centre
The Martial Arts Place holds regular classes for children, with a specially structured syllabus that covers first-aid skills, stranger awareness and road safety. Our Junior Kickboxing Programme includes a fun grading system which encourages self-improvement and allows the students' progress to be monitored carefully. Website
About Swiss Cottage
Swiss Cottage is in the London Borough of Camden in London and is 3.2 miles (5.1 km) north-west of Charing Cross. It is centred on the junction of Avenue Road and Finchley Road and is the location of Swiss Cottage tube station. The district is named after an inn called The Swiss Tavern that was built in 1804 in the style of a Swiss chalet and on the site of a former tollgate keeper's cottage. The inn was later renamed Swiss Cottage. The area is served by Swiss Cottage St. John's Wood and Finchley Road tube stations on the Jubilee line of the London Underground and is a local hub for London Buses.
Local Estate Agencies
Why not explore some other local areas:
- Belsize Park
- South Hampstead
- St John's Wood
- West Hampstead
- Maida Vale
- Kentish Town
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