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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.

Garden Cafe

Garden Cafe

Great for all-day breakfast or brunch!

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 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.

Kilburn Ironworks

Kilburn Ironworks

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

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!

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.

Fiddie's

Fiddie's

Large portions, great value, friends family atmosphere.

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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Dean Lane

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

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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

Slingbonding

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Slingbonding classes are specially designed to maintain the physical and mental health of mums, or any caregiver. Slingbonding is unique because we offer not just a dance class but also a routine focussed on correct movement and posture. 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!

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

The creation station at JW3

JW3
We all want our children to explore their creativity, but the mess and stress of doing it yourself at home can be tricky. These classes provide the perfect solution for all your child's creative needs; inspiring their imaginations while helping you to have fun with them too. Classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage. Each term is themed around texture, colour or shapes and by the end of each class, the children get to proudly take home their achievements. This term we will explore the World of Shapes and making some wonderful special occasion crafts for Shavuot and Father's Day. And you'll enjoy doing something lovely alongside your little one, while they draw, paint and make. For ages 1-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 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

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

Baby Café at Zest

JW3
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

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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