Hampstead & Highgate

Hampstead

Hampstead is a leafy suburb in North West London. Known for its village feel and community atmosphere, seldom found in a major city, Hampstead is full of boutique shops, intimate restaurants, cosy tea rooms and good old English pubs.

Steeped in history, properties range from mansion blocks to large detached houses. A couple of our senior conveyancing solicitors are based in Hampstead and are happy to go that extra mile for clients, meeting them outside work hours on a weekend, morning and/or evening

Hampstead is a place for pottering about, taking a stroll along Hampstead Heath, perhaps a spot of afternoon tea at Kenwood House. Dog walking and pram pushing is commonplace, evidently popular with families, particularly in light of the number of schools in this quaint corner of North West London.

Part of the London Borough of Camden, Hampstead is known for its intellectual, liberal, artistic, musical and literary associations and for Hampstead Heath, a large, hilly expanse of parkland. The Heath, which includes the well-known and legally-protected view of the London skyline from Parliament Hill, is a major place for Londoners to walk and "take the air", has three open-air public swimming ponds; one for men, one for women, and one for mixed bathing, which were originally reservoirs for drinking water and the sources of the River Fleet.

Local activities include major open-air concerts on summer Saturday evenings on the slopes below Kenwood House, book and poetry readings, fun fairs on the lower reaches of the Heath

The largest employer in Hampstead is the Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, but many small businesses based in the area have international significance.

Hampstead is well known for its traditional pubs, such as the Holly Bush, the Spaniard's Inn, Spaniard's Road, The Old Bull and Bush in North End; and The Old White Bear (formerly Ye Olde White Bear). Others include:

  • The Flask – 14 Flask Walk, Hampstead, London, NW3 1HE
  • Freemasons Arms – 32 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London, NW3 1NT
  • The Duke of Hamilton – 23–25 New End, Hampstead, London, NW3 1JD
  • The Horseshoe (formerly The Three Horseshoes) – 28 Heath Street, Hampstead, London, NW3 6TE
  • King William IV (aka KW4) – 77 Hampstead High Street, Hampstead, London, NW3 1RE
  • The Magdala – 2a South Hill Park, Hampstead, London, NW3 2SB
  • The Garden Gate – 14 South End Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 2QE

Hampstead has an eclectic mix of restaurants, including Villa Bianca, a truly classic Italian and favourite of Robert Davidson, Partner at Terence St J Millett Solicitors.

The nearest London Underground stations are Hampstead and Belsize Park on the Northern Line and Swiss Cottage and Finchley Road on the Jubilee Line. Hampstead Heath railway station is situated by South End Green while Finchley Road & Frognal station is on the western side of Hampstead. Both stations are part of the London Overground network.

Hampstead has long been known as a residence of the intelligentsia, including writers, composers, ballerinas and intellectuals, actors, artists and architects.

Belsize Park

Belsize Park is Hampstead’s younger brother, a little more hip with plenty of cafes and alfresco eateries, and also popular with families. Converted flats and terraced houses are commonplace adding a touch of contemporary design to an area in North West London already rich in character.

Hampstead Garden Suburb

Hampstead Garden Suburb is a suburb, north of Hampstead, west of Highgate, and east of Golders Green.

The Suburb has large areas of open space, including Hampstead Heath Extension, Golders Hill Park, Big Wood and Little Wood

Shops and other services are provided in the shopping parades of Market Place and Temple Fortune, with Golders Green and East Finchley, within walking distance, for those who live at either end.

Notable past residents include Jonathan Ross (TV & Radio presenter), Sacha Baron Cohen (Comedian, Writer & Actor), Daniel Craig (Actor) and ,Elizabeth Taylor (Actress).

North of Hampstead Garden Suburb is The Bishops Avenue, London N2, a road which connects the north side of Hampstead Heath at Kenwood (Hampstead Lane), Hampstead to East Finchley and is on the boundary of the London Boroughs of Barnet and Haringey. It is considered to be one of the wealthiest streets in the world, comparable with Beverly Hills. Many of the houses are influenced by designs of Ancient Greece and Rome and traditional English country houses.

The road is a favourite with the international 'über-rich' and is often referred to by its nickname of "Millionaires' Row" (although recently, it has been referred to as "Billionaires' Row"). This small street of 66 houses and the parallel Winnington Road display a variety of architectural styles.

West Hampstead

West Hampstead is an area in north-west London, England, situated between Childs Hill to the north, Frognal and Hampstead to the north-east, Swiss Cottage to the east, South Hampstead to the south, Kilburn to the south-west and Cricklewood to the north-west..

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 north-western 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 Overground station and West Hampstead Thameslink railway station.

Famous residents

  • Chaka Khan - Grammy Award Winning Singer
  • Dusty Springfield, pop singer, was born here

Highgate

Highgate is an area of North London on the north-eastern corner of Hampstead Heath.

Highgate is one of the most expensive London suburbs in which to live. It has an active conservation body, the Highgate Society, to protect its character.

The area retains many green expanses including the eastern part of Hampstead Heath.

At its centre is Highgate village, a collection of largely Georgian shops, pubs, restaurants and residential streets, Highgate is also famous for its atmospheric Victorian cemetery in which the Communist philosopher Karl Marx is buried.

The village sits atop a hill which provides views across London, climbing 446 feet (136 m) above sea level at its highest point.

The area is divided between three London boroughs: Haringey in the north, Camden in the south and west, and Islington in the south and east. The postal district is N6.

Recent and current inhabitants of Highgate include George Michael, Piers Morgan, Kate Moss and Rod Stewart.

Nearest tube stations

  • Highgate tube station
  • Archway tube station