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West Hampstead

A locals' guide to West Hampstead

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

Kristian Brown

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

Dean Lane

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

Ben Relton

What is your favourite place?

Where do West Hampstead locals go?

The Alice House

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

Basilico

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

Small & Beautiful

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

The Cedar

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

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

This cafe serves the best baked potato in West Hampstead!

Garden Cafe

Great for all-day breakfast or brunch!

The Black Lion

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

The Wet Fish Cafe

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

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 Gallery

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

Little Bay

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

Kilburn Ironworks

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

Hart and Lova

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

The Cocoa Exchange

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

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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

What do you love about West Hampstead?

Why do you find West Hampstead a great place to live?

Zachary

"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 ... more

February 2015

Robert

"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!"

January 2015

Franccesca

"Because there are trees everywhere you walk."

January 2015

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

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Child-friendly activities near West Hampstead

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 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

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

Drama, dance and singing for 4-7s

St James Hall
The only drama, dance and singing workshops for 4-8 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

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

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

MAMAS AND BUBBAS (2-4 yrs)

Kingsgate Community Centre
Mamas and Bubbas provides Parent/Au Pair and toddler with a bonding experience within a stimulating environment of fun; movement, music, nursery rhymes, stories and songs. We provide mischief and laughter while you count smiles, watch dance steps and monitor fun levels within every class! Mamas and Bubbas will stimulate; captivate and enlighten your toddler, as well as improving speech, co-ordination and developing a sense of rhythm and creative expression. Website
  1. 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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