Hampstead Property Guide
Property for Sale or Rent in Hampstead
Start the week as you mean to go on with a refreshing dip in one of Hampstead Heath’s three swimming ponds or its lido. It’s the perfect ‘head clearer’ and has the bonus of a stunning setting. On the way back stop off for a take-out coffee from The Coffee Cup on the High Street before descending into Hampstead Tube station to explore the rest of the capital. Did you know it’s the deepest station in London?
Enjoy brunch at Maison Blanc - grab an outside table for a spot of people watching. Past Hampstead residents have included Lord Byron, John Constable, John Keats, George Orwell, Sigmund Freud and Stephen Fry, so there’s an excellent pedigree. Buoyed by sustenance, explore Hampstead on foot. The local architecture is amazing, with Georgian and Victorian townhouses, cutesy cottages and Edwardian villas lining NW3’s quiet, leafy streets. Like what you see? Hanover has a collection of properties for sale in Hampstead that will place you in the heart of village life.
Take your seat at Gaucho’s Hampstead branch for a midweek meal but work off dessert with a detour back through Hampstead Garden Suburb. Described as ‘arts and craft perfection’, it’s an enclave of NW9 designed by Sir Edward Lutyens, encompassing beautiful squares and landscaped gardens. Hanover often represents Hampstead Garden Suburb property, so enquire today for details.
Indulge in some retail therapy without having to leave Hampstead. The village is packed with high-end fashion and independent boutiques including Comptoir des Cotonniers, Cubs, Nicole Farhi, Tara Jarmon and Zadig & Voltaire, among others. Rest tired feet with a stop at Roni’s on Rosslyn Hill for artisan bagels. Don’t forget to book tickets to the latest film screening at Hampstead’s Everyman Cinema.
End the working week with a visit to The Horseshoe on Heath Street. This gastro pub has a ‘field to fork’ menu bursting with seasonal, fresh flavours as well as artisan beers from brewers including the Camden Town Brewery. Fully booked? (it’s popular) Try French restaurant Aubaine, the Fish Cafe or Jin Kichi for fine Japanese cuisine.
It’s all about the culture. Drop by the Freud Museum, a time capsule of Sigmund Freud’s former London home before making your way to Hampstead Museum in New End Square, which takes a family friendly look into Hampstead’s rich history.
After reading the papers, take a stroll to Hampstead Heath. It’s one of the highest points in London and affords panoramic views over the city. With the family? Check out Hampstead Heath’s very own zoo and butterfly house. Stop by Gail’s bakery on the way back for an artisan loaf.
Hampstead Need to know
- Located 4 miles north-west from Charing Cross in the Borough of Camden
- Camden Council is responsible for council tax charges in Hampstead.
There are two Tube stations: Hampstead Heath and Hampstead, both on the Northern Line, although Finchley Road (Jubilee and Metropolitan) and Swiss Cottage (Jubilee) are also within walking distance.
Education: Hampstead has a large variety of private and state schools in the vicinity. Private schools include University College School for Boys on Holly Hill and South Hampstead School for Girls in Netherhall Gardens, both of which offer primary, secondary and higher education. State schools include La Sainte Union RC and Haverstock School in nearby Chalk Farm.
Hampstead began as a Saxon village and for centuries it was a rural spot with crop fields and grazing animals. Residential numbers swelled in the 17th century as wealthy people relocated to escape the plague, the great fire of London and the inner city’s filthy conditions. Hampstead’s credentials were boosted in the 18th century after Dr Gibbons claimed the water from the local spring had healing properties, and the neighbourhood became known as a spa town. Large residences were built to house the affluent influx and Hampstead further developed in line with the arrival of the railway in 1852. You can step back in time by visiting one of Hampstead’s many historic houses, which include The National Trust-owned Fenton House (a 17th century merchant’s house), Burgh House, Keats’ House and 2 Willow Road (the modernist home of architect Erno Goldfinger).