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Small & Beautiful

Small & Beautiful

Cheap and cheerful. Delicious continental menu that barely dents the wallet. Great mussels and pizza. Bonus points for also doing takeaway!

The Black Lion

The Black Lion

A lovely period pub, restaurant and guesthouse. Beautiful décor and very friendly.

Bridge Cafe

Bridge Cafe

This cafe serves the best baked potato in West Hampstead!

Basilico

Basilico

Delicious wood fired takeaway pizzas. They also have a delivery service.

Little Bay

Little Bay

Serving European food, this delightful little restaurant has an early bird menu too.

La Boutique Secret

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.

The Alice House

The Alice House

Good bar and great cocktails - this place has 'date night' written all over it!

Kilburn Ironworks

Kilburn Ironworks

Cocktails, American-style food and a cool atmosphere inside this gastro pub on Kilburn High Road.

The Cedar

The Cedar

The Cedar, West End Lane was voted the best takeaway restaurant in the UK in 2014 by Hungry House!

Hart and Lova

Hart and Lova

Best croissants in London in lovely laid back non-chain cafe

The Gallery

The Gallery

A great bar ideal for after work drinks and a good place to take a date!

Garden Cafe

Garden Cafe

Great for all-day breakfast or brunch!

The Cocoa Exchange

The Cocoa Exchange

Handmade chocolates in sumptuous surroundings, this shop is the perfect place to pick up a special sweet treat for chocolate lovers.

The Tricycle

The Tricycle

A fantastic theatre away from the West End showing outstanding original productions. Well worth a visit. Also has a cinema and a bar.

The Wet Fish Cafe

The Wet Fish Cafe

One of the most highly recommended restaurants in West Hampstead - comfort food and jazz.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Kilburn, South Hampstead, Hampstead, Swiss Cottage, Brondesbury, Child's Hill, Cricklewood, Belsize Park, Queen's Park and St John's Wood

"In 2001, after 10 years of reported sightings, a lynx was captured in Cricklewood. She had become known as the "Beast of Barnet" and was rehomed in London Zoo."

There's loads of eateries, shops and cafes along West End Lane and a real sense of community here!

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Kilburn Station's Jubilee line service is a speedy way to get into town and Canary Wharf.

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

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What locals say about West Hampstead

  1. I love West Hampstead and NW6 as it is the area where the city and suburban wonderfully contrast. Being next to the beautifully dirty streets of Finchley road and the picturesque primrose hill and Hampstead. Kilburn market on ones doorstep gives more contrast and life to the area. Working class meets the middle class everywhere and with no issues. As a guy, I love the enormous dining and restaurant choices- eating is life and we eat well in West Hampstead! Parks and greens are numerous and of course the well renowned transport links. Living options are abundant with lovely road, blocks of flats and mansion houses from Victorian times. Secret museums and public spaces are waiting to be discovered in NW6 onto NW3. The sun always shines in West Hampstead I promise!!

  2. West Hampstead has its own character and energy, younger in vibe and edgy-er than neighbouring Hampstead, it has a classy community feel yet the lively bars and cafes entice you in when you walk up West End Lane. Peaceful residential streets and close to the Heath means you can escape the city but with three train lines you can get to work within minutes. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else!

  3. Because there are trees everywhere you walk.

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Child-friendly activities near West Hampstead

Spanish Connection Language School

Spanish Connection Language School Ltd
We not only use text books but other diverse sources of information such as newspapers, magazines, photos, videos, DVD's and games, which follow the recommendations of the European Framework. Our affordable and dynamic 15 hour lessons take place Monday to Friday at all our offices Website

Baby Café at Zest

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Remember the days before nappies and sleep deprivation? Days when you could just walk into a café without re-configuring the restaurant furniture? Well, we're not going to promise to bring all that back, but we can offer you and your little one a baby-friendly space at ZEST every Wednesday morning. We'll add soft mats and toys and make some space for your pram so you can enjoy that well-deserved cup of coffee. No booking is required, just come along every Wednesday morning and... relax. Suitable for under 2s. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Website

My Story Factory's

Sherriff Centre
My Story Factory's goal is to promote development in children using story telling through drama and dance. Children these days are exposed to the latest smartphones and tablets in their daily activities whether it be reading, playing or learning. My Story Factory hopes to expose children to true storytelling by rewinding time back to the good old days where you imagined stories and made them your own whilst narrating to your loved ones. Website

Tap Dance( 5-10 years)

West Hampstead Community Centre
Tap is a great way to improve concentration, rhythm, listening skills and timing. Everyone loves making noise and the challenge tap presents. Lots of fun and a great traditional dance form to learn. I.D.T.A Tap Examinations optional. Website

Tiny Music, Movement & Imagination

West Hampstead Community Centre
All singing, dancing, tiny toddler class. An introduction to the performing arts, with the difference of a different story each week to get their imagination going and give them a chance to rest their arms and legs in class! (Kids must be walking, or parent/guardian must participate with child) Website

Children's Drawing and Painting (ages 5-7)

Hampstead School of Art
A wonderful way for children to express their creativity and have fun learning to paint and draw with a professional. Materials are provided. Ages 6(+): Saturday 10.00-12.30 5-7 years: Sunday 10.00-12.30 Website

West Hampstead School of Dance

Beckford School
With beautiful sprung floored studios in Hampstead, West Hampstead, Golders Green and Kilburn we specialize solely in classical ballet and following the RAD syllabus, our highly qualified teachers, two working together in each class, are accompanied by pianists delivering joyous classes encouraging the love of dance Website

About West Hampstead

West Hampstead is an area in northwestern London, situated between Childs Hill to the north, Frognal and Hampstead to the north-east, Swiss Cottage to the east, Kilburn to the south-west, and South Hampstead to the south. Until the late 19th century, the locale was a small village called West End. In 1879, the Metropolitan Railway adopted the name West Hampstead for its station on West End Lane, the main road through the area. West Hampstead's proximity to the Metropolitan line at Finchley Road and its own Jubilee line stop (West Hampstead), together with a high concentration of bars and restaurants, means that the area is a popular leisure destination for people who live in the northwestern part of London. West End Lane itself is home to a number of cafes, bakeries and small shops, creating a "village" atmosphere during the day. In addition to the aforementioned London Underground links, West Hampstead is also served by West Hampstead railway station and West Hampstead Thameslink railway station.

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