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The Cedar

The Cedar

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

Basilico

Basilico

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

The Gallery

The Gallery

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

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.

Bridge Cafe

Bridge Cafe

This cafe serves the best baked potato in West Hampstead!

The Black Lion

The Black Lion

A lovely period pub, restaurant and guesthouse. Beautiful d├ęcor and very friendly.

Garden Cafe

Garden Cafe

Great for all-day breakfast or brunch!

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!

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!

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.

Little Bay

Little Bay

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

Hart and Lova

Hart and Lova

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

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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."

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

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West Hampstead offers a variety of stunning properties in grand mansion blocks.

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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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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

Masterclass - Younger Children (ages 5-6)

Hampstead School of Art
Art games, picture-making and storytelling, with drawing and painting inspired by nature and artists. Website

Children's Painting and Drawing (ages 7-9)

Hampstead School of Art
A wonderful way for children to express their creativity and have fun learning to paint and draw with a professional. 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

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

looney tunes

St Luke's Church
Who is it for? Toddlers and their parents What is it? A fun music group! When? Every Wednesday 11 - 11.30am Where? In the Lambert Hall Website

Children's After School Art Club (age 5-11)

Hampstead School of Art
Print, paint, draw and sculpt; experiment and explore the core techniques of each discipline whilst engaging with artist's work. The focus is to encourage children to engage with exciting materials and unique techniques. Once a week. You can choose Monday or Wednesday. Price is for 12 sessions. Website

DRAMA JUNIORS (7-11 yrs)

Kingsgate Community Centre
Drama Juniors provides adventure and exploration; develops self confidence, stage presence, oratory skills, communication and movement within an exhilarating, cool and stimulating environment. Children will learn theatre games; improvisation, role-play, develop voice & speech, movement, stagecraft and performance technique. By engaging in a range of performance activities Drama Juniors will develop their understanding of the world through creative and imaginative eyes. 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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