Guide to living in Hampstead

Hampstead, often known as Hampstead Village, is a picturesque residential area in North West London, bordered by Belsize Park, Chalk Farm, Golders Green and Highgate.

About Hampstead

Renowned for the sprawling park Hampstead Heath and its views of London’s skyline, this area boasts a rich artistic and literary heritage that continues to draw home buyers looking to escape the city centre but stay close to the bustle of town. With Hampstead tube station on the Northern line, residents are just seven stops from Tottenham Court Road and less than 30 minutes away from Bank. Hampstead Heath overground station further connects the community to London’s extensive network with services to Richmond, Stratford and Clapham Junction.

Properties in Hampstead

Houses in Hampstead vary considerably, ranging from grand Victorian homes to quaint cottages. Notable streets such as East Heath Road are lined with red-brick Victorian houses, with beautiful bay windows and grand entrance halls, while Hampstead High Street is peppered with a mix of elegant Regency-style terraces and carefully integrated modern developments.

Along smaller streets, such as Flask Walk, are small characterful cottages which enhance the village-like feel of the area. Popular streets include Heath Street, North End Way, Spaniards Road, and Bishops Avenue – often nicknamed ‘Billionaires’ Row’ and considered one of the most ‘desirable’ addresses outside of central London. Due to the size of the houses, the abundance of green space and the high number of quality primary and secondary schools in the area, houses in Hampstead are extremely popular with families.

View of Hampstead Pergola in the sunshine

Living in Hampstead

Families are attracted to Hampstead for its ‘village’ feel, complemented by a bustling high street of independent bars, coffee shops and gastro pubs as well as pharmacies and independent shops.

The jewel of Hampstead is the 790-acre Hampstead Heath, a green escape just six kilometres from Trafalgar Square. With its diverse landscapes, wildlife, ponds, and the stately Kenwood House, it is a much-loved open space alongside Hyde Park.  Aside from Hampstead Heath, nearby greenspaces include Belsize Park, Regent’s Park and Parliament Hill.

Locals and celebrities alike love Spaniards Inn which dates back to 1565 and is one of the oldest pubs in England. It’s perfect on a typical British afternoon thanks to its first-rate beer garden, mouthwatering roasts and excellent service.

Viaduct bridge crossing a pond in Hampstead Heath, London
Trees and bluebells showing spring time in Hampstead Heath, London

Things to do in Hampstead

Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor to the area, Hampstead offers a variety of activities that cater to a wide range of interests. From picturesque outdoor spots to events, here is a curated list of things to do in this charming part of London.

  • Hampstead Swimming Ponds – Open to the public year-round, these natural ponds are a popular spot for both locals and visitors looking to enjoy an outdoor swim – check out their website for more details.
  • Walking Trails on Hampstead Heath – Hampstead Heath’s sprawling hectares offer an escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. The Heath’s walking trails invite you to immerse yourself in nature, with paths that meander through woodlands, meadows, and past ponds. It’s the perfect setting for a leisurely stroll or even a spot of bird watching, with stunning views of London’s skyline from Parliament Hill.
  • Kenwood House concerts and eventsKenwood House not only boasts impressive architecture but also hosts a range of concerts throughout the year. Set against the backdrop of its beautifully landscaped gardens, these events offer a blend of classical and contemporary music, providing an enchanting evening out for culture enthusiasts and casual listeners alike.
  • The Parakeet Pub – For those who enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere, The Parakeet Pub offers a cosy retreat with a vibrant twist. Nestled in the heart of Hampstead, this local favourite is known for its eclectic mix of live music, quiz nights, and a hearty menu that champions British produce. A visit here promises a warm welcome and an opportunity to mingle with Hampstead’s friendly community. For further details, visit their website at theparakeetpub.com.
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Frequently asked questions

Are there good transport links & tube stations?

Yes, Hampstead benefits from fantastic public transport links. Hampstead tube station is served by the Northern line, while West Hampstead Thameslink Station is connected by Thameslink and Overground services.

Are there good secondary and primary schools in Hampstead?

The area is known for having excellent schools nearby.

What kind of leisure activities are available nearby?

Yes! Hampstead is a leisure hub with  many fantastic coffee shops, boutiques, and outdoor spaces, including Primrose Hill with its amazing views over the City.

Property to rent near Hampstead

Bryanston Square, Marylebone, London, W1H
£5,500 per week

Bryanston Square, Marylebone, London, W1H

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, Bayswater, W2
£1,270 per week

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, Bayswater, W2

Sussex Place, Hyde Park, London, W2
£1,338 per week

Sussex Place, Hyde Park, London, W2

Kendal Street, Hyde Park, London, W2
£575 per week

Kendal Street, Hyde Park, London, W2

Duncan Street, Islington, London, N1
£540 per week

Duncan Street, Islington, London, N1

Hamilton Terrace, Little Venice, London, NW8
£1,450 per week

Hamilton Terrace, Little Venice, London, NW8

Hyde Park Square, Hyde Park, London, W2
£923 per week

Hyde Park Square, Hyde Park, London, W2

Packington Square, Islington, London, N1
£808 per week

Packington Square, Islington, London, N1

Montagu Street, Marylebone, London, W1H
£650 per week

Montagu Street, Marylebone, London, W1H

Upper Berkeley Street, Marylebone, Marylebone, W1H
£815 per week

Upper Berkeley Street, Marylebone, Marylebone, W1H

New Quebec Street, Marylebone, London, W1H
£605 per week

New Quebec Street, Marylebone, London, W1H

Christchurch Road, Crouch End, London, N8
£360 per week

Christchurch Road, Crouch End, London, N8

Stourcliffe Street, Hyde Park, London, W1H
£646 per week

Stourcliffe Street, Hyde Park, London, W1H

Stourcliffe Street, Marylebone, London, W1H
£600 per week

Stourcliffe Street, Marylebone, London, W1H

Kendal Street, Hyde Park, London, W2
£690 per week

Kendal Street, Hyde Park, London, W2

Wyndham Place, Marylebone, London, W1H
£1,150 per week

Wyndham Place, Marylebone, London, W1H

Bryanston Square, Marylebone, London, W1H
£895 per week

Bryanston Square, Marylebone, London, W1H

Clarendon Place, Hyde Park, London, W2
£1,269 per week

Clarendon Place, Hyde Park, London, W2

Montagu Street, Marylebone, London, W1H
£690 per week

Montagu Street, Marylebone, London, W1H

Upper Berkeley Street, Marylebone, London, W1H
£630 per week

Upper Berkeley Street, Marylebone, London, W1H

Cambridge Square, Hyde Park, London, W2
£3,300 per week

Cambridge Square, Hyde Park, London, W2

St Michaels Street, Marylebone, London, W2
£795 per week

St Michaels Street, Marylebone, London, W2

Midway House, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V
£692 per week

Midway House, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V

Colebrooke Row, Islington, London, N1
£1,385 per week

Colebrooke Row, Islington, London, N1

Southwick Street, London, W2
£1,845 per week

Southwick Street, London, W2

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, London, W2
£1,315 per week

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, London, W2

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, London, W2
£1,110 per week

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, London, W2

Merchant Square East, Paddington, London, W2
£1,595 per week

Merchant Square East, Paddington, London, W2

Merchant Square East, Paddington, London, W2
£1,995 per week

Merchant Square East, Paddington, London, W2

Edgware Road, Paddington, London, W2
£982 per week

Edgware Road, Paddington, London, W2

Albion Street, Hyde Park, London, W2
£5,000 per week

Albion Street, Hyde Park, London, W2

St. Johns Wood Park, St Johns Wood, London, NW8
£1,950 per week

St. Johns Wood Park, St Johns Wood, London, NW8

George Street, Marylebone, London, W1H
£1,850 per week

George Street, Marylebone, London, W1H