South & West Hampstead Property Guide
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Ease yourself into a new week with a visit to the National Trust-owned Fenton House on Hampstead Grove - a 17th century merchant’s dwelling filled with porcelain, Georgian furniture, paintings and needlework. The beautiful walled gardens have remained virtually untouched for over 300 years, and the orchards boast over 30 varieties of apple. Don’t miss the kitchen garden and rose collection too.
London is a world pioneer in fusion foods and one of the capital’s most interesting hybrid restaurants can be found in West Hampstead. Call today and reserve your table at The Petite Corée on West End Lane - where a Korean chef with Western European training turns out exquisite meals with a French/Asian twist.
Discover a real cultural gem located on the fringe of South Hampstead. The Tricycle Theatre on Kilburn High Road features a 235-seat theatre, a 300-seat independent cinema and a cafe/bar, which services Caribbean food and a wide selection of drinks. The diverse programme of events entertains residents seven days a week, and covers comedy, opera and new plays before they transfer to the West End, while the cinema shows mainstream and arthouse films.
If you’re in South Hampstead, make a beeline for Fairhazel Gardens. Here you’ll find one of the most unusually-decorated venues in London in the shape of The Arches. This wine bar-cum restaurant is stacked with antiques and accessories, but don’t let that distract you from one of the best wine lists in North London. Suitably refreshed, why not tackle the trio of Hampstead houses? Keats House, where the great poet lived, 2 Willow Road, home of architect Erno Goldfinger, and 20 Maresfield Gardens and the former residence of Sigmund Freud, now home to the Freud Museum, are all open to the public.
West Hampstead is the perfect place for a spot of bar hopping. Start your night at La Brocca on West End Lane - a wine and sports bar known equally for its pizzas and jazz music. Next stop is The Alice House, also on West End Lane, where the craft beers and cocktails are served against a stunning stripped-back decor. End your evening at The Gallery on Broadhurst Gardens, where there are 101 whiskies to work your way through (maybe not all in one night).
Once you’ve read the Saturday sections, make your way to the forecourt of the West Hampstead Thameslink train station, where a weekly farmers’ market takes place between 10am and 2pm. There’s over 25 stalls selling speciality ingredients, organic produce and seasonal fayre. On your way back, cross over into South Hampstead and soak up the more village-like atmosphere.The leafy streets are home to some beautiful three-storey red brick properties. Compayne Gardens, Greencroft Gardens and Canfield Gardens are worth an amble.
Cafe culture is alive and well in West Hampstead, and there’s no better place to savour the weekend then at The Wet Fish Cafe & Brasserie on West End Lane. The venue fuses food, drink, live music and art, with a wonderful original Art Deco interior and a revolving programme of inspiring exhibitions. If you have impeccable timing, you can stop by Saint Cuthbert’s Church on Fordwych Lane to catch a classical concert, a performance of chamber music or piano recital.
South & West Hampstead Need to know
- South and West Hampstead nestle between Kilburn, Swiss Cottage, Finchley Road and St John’s Wood.
- The areas are considered part of ‘Greater Hampstead’ with adjoining neighbourhoods Hampstead Village, Chalk Farm, St John's Wood and Belsize Park.
- Camden Council represents both West and South Hampstead.
South and West Hampstead are served by Swiss Cottage (Jubilee), West Hampstead (Jubilee) and Finchley Road (Metropolitan and Jubilee) Tube stations as well as South Hampstead National Rail and West Hampstead National Rail/Thameslink stations.
There are a number of good schools across West and South Hampstead. These include:-
South Hampstead School (4-18)
Mulberry House School
University College School
The Hall School
Southbank International School
Quintin Kynaston School
Little Ark Montessori Nursery
Kingsgate Primary School
Rainbow Montessori School
Beckford Primary School
Emmanuel CofE Primary School
South Hampstead history: South Hampstead has had a relatively short history; up until its development in the mid-19th century the area was priory-owned farm and meadowland. The neighbourhood is largely a conservation area as it sits on the doorstep of world famous Hampstead Heath. Interestingly, the former Decca recording studios on Broadhurst Gardens saw David Bowie,The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and The Moody Blues record tracks. The studio was also the setting of the Beatles’ failed Decca audition in 1962. Today the space is used for rehearsals by the English National Opera.
West Hampstead history: The area was a maze of country lanes and oak, elm and other forest trees as late as 1860. Its transformation into a residential area came at the end of the 19th century when landowners began to sell their land in favourable economic conditions. Like its southern counterpart, West Hampstead has strong musical connections. It is the birthplace of Dusty Springfield, a former home of The Rolling Stones and the location of U2’s first show outside of Ireland.