West Hampstead Area Guide

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West Hampstead Area Guide

This West Hampstead guide provides a swift overview of the area, including the best places to eat and drink, shop, study, its history, council tax rates and public transport connections to the rest of London.

West Hampstead Railway Stations sign
Property for sale in West Hampstead London NW6

An overview of West Hampstead

Located in North West London in the London Borough of Camden, West Hampstead, sandwiched between Finchley Road and Kilburn, possesses a well-to-do reputation, with a village feel, dominated by one main high-street, West End Lane. Popular with a wide range of families and professionals, there are a number of patisseries, cafes and restaurants in the area, along with a fine selection of bars and gastropubs offering a lively nightlife.

History of West Hampstead

West Hampstead, previously known as the village of West End until the 18th century, experienced a sharp rise in population in the middle of the 19th century, following the introduction of the railways, as West Hampstead became a strategic route to London. The railways also made West Hampstead a target during World War II.

Much of the district was rebuilt following the war, including many attractive residential developments, which, coupled with West Hampstead’s excellent transport links and community atmosphere, make it one of the best places to rent or buy a property.

West Hampstead Property

Although not quite as expensive as neighbouring Hampstead, West Hampstead is a highly sought-after residential area, reflected in above average property prices and rental values.

West Hampstead offers a wide choice of homes, including stunning Victorian houses, many of which have been converted into apartments, and handsome red brick mansion blocks, including Chomley Gardens, which features two communal tennis courts exclusively for residents. Read More

Other premium mansion blocks in West Hampstead include Alexandra Mansions, Marlborough Mansions and Lyncroft Mansions. They are not only fascinating to look at from the outside, but the apartments inside these imposing buildings are extremely spacious and comfortable.

Arguably, the most exclusive and expensive place to buy and rent property in West Hampstead is around Honeybourne Road and Crediton Hill, while there is also high demand for properties situated on the ‘Greek named’ roads, including Agamemnon Road, Achilles Road, Ajax Road plus Gondar Gardens and Hillfield Road.

West Hampstead is a chic place to live, thanks to its location on the edge of central London, providing a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life, and yet the transport links into the nearby West End and the City are second to none.

A diverse range of people buy and rent houses and apartments in West Hampstead, from young single people and couples to families who are attracted to some of the tremendous schools in and around the area.

Whether you are seeking to buy or rent a home in West Hampstead, contact one of Greene & Co.’s expert sales and letting agents in West Hampstead. We have a fine supply of homes in West Hampstead for sale and to let.

Shops and restaurants in West Hampstead
People sitting in a park in west Hampstead in North West London
The Royal Free Hospital in West Hampstead in North West London
West Hampstead Overground Station
Beckford Primary School in West Hampstead London NW6

Shopping, food and drink in West Hampstead

The shops, eateries and bars are primarily located on West End Lane, and to a lesser extent on Mill Lane and Broadhurst Gardens.

The Wet Fish Café, Lena's Café and Ladudu are among the most popular independent places to dine on West End Lane, while branded establishments include Nando’s, Banana Tree, Pizza Express and Gourmet Burger.

There are a number of charity shops in West Hampstead, along with independent clothes boutiques, florists, book and bicycle shops. Everyday necessities can be found in Kilburn and Finchley Road, which are just short walk away; and you will find more bespoke boutiques on Hampstead High Street.

Popular bars and pubs include The Alice House, The Gallery, The Black Lion, while Lately Night Club and Lower Ground Bar are open until the early hours of the morning.

A fairly recent addition to West End Lane, Mexican ‘Street Food’ restaurant, Mama Cita’s has a Bodega Bar downstairs which is open from 6pm until late Tuesday to Saturday – with a midnight licence on weekends.


Parks in West Hampstead

There are small parks in Fortune Green and The Grange, just off Kingsgate Road. Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park are located nearby.

Emergency services in West Hampstead

West Hampstead is home to fire and police stations and there is a GP practice on Mill Lane. The nearest hospital is the Royal Free in Hampstead.

Transportation in West Hampstead

Located in zone two of the London Underground system, West Hampstead, home to three train stations on West End Lane, is extremely well served by public transport.

West Hampstead Underground station is served by the Jubilee Line, while West Hampstead Thameslink (Capital Connect) and West Hampstead Silverlink Metro are a stone’s throw apart. Additionally, there are plenty of buses connecting the area with other parts of London, including the 139 which operates a 24-hour service.

Nurseries and schools in West Hampstead

Lithos Pre-School
Little Ark Montessori Nursery
Kingsgate Primary School
Rainbow Montessori School
Beckford Primary School
Emmanuel Church of England Primary School
Hampstead School

Council tax rates in West Hampstead

The council tax rate in West Hampstead is set by Camden Council. The rate of council tax varies and is dependent on the following valuation bands:

London Borough of Camden


Band A
Band B
Band C
Band D
Band E
Band F
Band G
Band H

Council Tax


West Hampstead Summary

Despite its close proximity to London’s West End and the City – you can be in Central London within 15 minutes. West Hampstead really is a peaceful retreat from the more demanding city, and Hampstead Heath, located only a short walk away, is ideal for long country walks.

There is an exciting mix of people living in West Hampstead, dominated mainly by young professionals and families, which makes it an appealing place for anyone to live.

Aside from superb transport links, West Hampstead’s fine selection of quirky cafes, bakeries and small shops, as well as a high concentration of bars and restaurants, offers something for everyone, making it a great little pocket of North West London, and one  the trendiest places to live in the capital.