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Garden Cafe

Garden Cafe

Great for all-day breakfast or brunch!

Basilico

Basilico

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

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 Gallery

The Gallery

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

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.

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.

Fiddie's

Fiddie's

Large portions, great value, friends family atmosphere.

Kilburn Ironworks

Kilburn Ironworks

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

The Wet Fish Cafe

The Wet Fish Cafe

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

Bridge Cafe

Bridge Cafe

This cafe serves the best baked potato in West Hampstead!

The Alice House

The Alice House

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

The Black Lion

The Black Lion

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

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."

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

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

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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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Tang Long - Shaolin Kung Fu & Tai Chi Centre


The only full time Chinese Culture and Martial Arts school in NW3! Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, Meditation, plus many more classes! We offer a friendly training environment and guarantee to improve your health and fitness Website

After School Science Club

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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, Story, Dance and Imagination - Tiny Glee!

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! 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

Priory Community Halls Playtime Drop-ins

Priory Community Hall
Drop-in sessions for parents and toddlers. Concentrates on singing and storytelling. Pre-walking baby group for parents and babies to come along and make new friends. 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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