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Garden Cafe

Garden Cafe

Great for all-day breakfast or brunch!

The Gallery

The Gallery

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

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.

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!

Fiddie's

Fiddie's

Large portions, great value, friends family atmosphere.

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

Little Bay

Little Bay

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

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!

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 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 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

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

West Hampstead Station is serviced by both Underground and Overground lines, making it a fantastic place to live for commuters.

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

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The lovely residential roads on West End Lane, West Hampstead are lined with elegant, red brick homes.

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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

STREET DANCE (5-8yrs)

Kingsgate Community Centre
Street Dance for younger ones provides bundles of energy and enthusiasm; encourages self expression, develops technique, co-ordination and confidence within our fun, fresh and funky environment. Children will learn urban dance moves to the latest dance tunes. Street Dance will stimulate, captivate and enlighten your child, as well as improving fitness, co-ordination and developing a sense of rhythm and creative expression. Website

Acting, singing and dance for 7-12s

St James Hall
Dedicated to helping young minds and bodies grow, our philosophy at Perform is to put child development at the heart of everything we do. So our classes are designed to build confidence and teach life skills that will be invaluable in future life. Website

Street Dance class-JW3

JW3
Try popping, locking and hip-hop moves in this high energy street dance class. Work with professionally trained dancers from the Spencer Stage School to refine your moves. You'll be creating choreography from your favourite pop songs. If you want to move like Beyoncé or recreate a will.i.am music video, this is your chance. Get fit, have fun and learn new skills in this dynamic dance class. All the sessions will take place in JW3's Dance Studio. The focus is on fun but IDTA dance exams are also optional. Website

Lydia's Baby Music Classes in West Hampstead

Emmanuel Church Community Room
I want to bring the joy of music to all families through their children! Babies intuitively respond to music sooner than they respond to language. And they learn best through having fun. And the parents/carers keep bringing them if they're enjoying it too! So come join us. No need to book just turn up. Come sing dance and play percussion instruments with your baby in a warm happy atmosphere!

Children's Painting and Pottery (ages 7-11)

Hampstead School of Art
Exploring creativity through clay and preparatory desgin and 3D maquette construction. Objects are hand built with clay and paper clay then painted and glazed. Website

Inspiring tuition for 5-14 year olds of all abilities

Explore Learning
Children become members and attend twice a week for sessions lasting approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. At Explore, every child has their own programme of work which adapts to their own unique strengths and weaknesses. This ensures that children are stretched and challenged in exactly the right areas - whether they are finding school tricky or top of the class. Website

Gymboree Play & Music - Swiss Cottage

O2 Centre
Interactive classes for babies and children from newborn to under 5. Classes feature sensory stimulation, exploration and learning through play, music and movement. Class activities are designed to build confidence, imagination, social skills and early language skills. 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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