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The Gallery

The Gallery

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

The Cedar

The Cedar

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

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 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!

The Wet Fish Cafe

The Wet Fish Cafe

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

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 Black Lion

The Black Lion

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

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.

Hart and Lova

Hart and Lova

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

Garden Cafe

Garden Cafe

Great for all-day breakfast or brunch!

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.

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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."

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

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Swiss Cottage's gorgeous period homes enhance the area's appeal.

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Beautiful surroundings, flowering garden, book-share, coffee cart, artwork on display.

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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 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

Bela Bartok Centre for Musicianship

6 Frognal Court
The BBCM was established in 1992. Professional, amateur and children's classes focus on comprehensive music education including the Kodály system and the Sáry system, history, analysis and performance skills Website

After School Science Club

JW3
Children learn a lot of Science concepts in school that are really interesting and useful, but they forget easily if they don't use it on a daily basis. A great way to increase retention of knowledge is by providing fun challenges. The fun will create engagement with the task and the hands-on challenges will provide an opportunity for problem-solving which is a big part of human learning. 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

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

Sunshine Chefs

Hashomer House
Cookery classes at the age of two? Yes! Imagine your little one rubbing butter into flour, mixing, kneading dough and stamping out shapes with biscuit cutters. All that with a big smile, an immense sense of pride and ... the good news is you don't have to clean up afterwards! At the end of each class the children walk away with a recipe and a bag full of their bakery masterpieces. Website

Ace Performing Arts

St Luke's Primary School
At ACE we are passionate about boosting your child's confidence and creativity while developing their performing arts skills. Our teachers are all professional performers having worked extensively in west-end theatre, film, television and the recording industry. Each member of our team also has over three years teaching experience as standard. 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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