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Living in Hampstead: An Idyllic North London Village - Essential Living

Living in Hampstead: An Idyllic North London Village

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02.06.20

Some say that living in Hampstead means you’ve reached the pinnacle of London life. The NW3 postcode is one of the most sought after (and affluent) in the UK. It offers peaceful, idyllic village settings just a few miles away from Central London and buzzy areas like Camden.

Celebrities, artists, writers and poets have called Hampstead home, taking advantage of its inspiring cobblestone streets and vast open spaces. If you’re thinking of making a move to Hampstead, read on and take your own inspiration from all the things to do and see in NW3.

Hampstead Heath

Millions flock to Hampstead Heath each year to explore the 800 acres of open space. The Heath provides sprawling countryside in a London setting with rolling meadows, scenic trails, rugged woodland and an abundance of local wildlife.

Head to Parliament Hill for sweeping views of London or visit one of three public ponds where many go for a dip. Then embrace your culture vulture with a visit to Kenwood House, the former stately home located on the northside of the Heath.

Find at Hampstead, London, NW3

Phone no: 020 7332 3322

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The Wells

The Wells is a stylish Hampstead gastropub that effortlessly combines casual pub vibes with high-end dining. Located on Well Walk, which is a few steps to the Heath, The Wells is set in a grand Georgian building and is set over two floors.

Downstairs is where the casual diners and drinkers visit after a brisk stroll on the Heath. Upstairs is where elegant dining takes place. There are 11 beers on tap, plus popular high-end pub food that includes gourmet burgers and confit duck leg.

Find at 30 Well Walk, Hampstead, London NW3 1BX

Phone no: 020 7794 3785

Email: info@thewellshampstead.london

Follow @thewellshampstead

Hampstead Observatory

One of Hampstead’s hidden gems, it’s easy to miss the Observatory as you wander the quaint cobbled streets. But if you want to see the stars, then head to the observatory and use a 6″ Cooke refracting telescope to gaze into the skies above.

The facility is open to the public every Friday and Saturday night during the observing season (usually Sept to April). It also opens up for special events, such as eclipses and comments. Go and be a stargazer at the Hampstead Observatory.

Find at Summit Lodge, 9 Lower Terrace, W Heath Road, Hampstead, NW3 6RF

Email: info@hampsteadscience.ac.uk

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La Creperie de Hampstead

There’s definitely a French influence around Hampstead, and one of the places it can be experienced is at the La Creperie de Hampstead. The creperie opened in 1980 and has become a staple of the area. And people flock from all over London to try one of the tasty crepes.

You’ll find it featured on TV shows and mentioned in countless guidebooks. Fortunately, those living in Hampstead are just a hop and slip away from enjoying world-famous crepes. Tres Bon, as the French say.

Find at 77 Hampstead High St, Hampstead, London NW3 1RE

Phone: 020 7445 6767

Follow @LaCrêperiedeHampstead

Hampstead Blue Plaques

You might just notice several blue plaques whilst you’re living in Hampstead. The NW3 postcode is well-known as a neighbourhood of inspiration.

So much so that it has 75 blue plaques that commemorate writers, poets, artists and those who championed innovation.

Spotting all 75, which can be found outside the former homes, is a must if you’re living in Hampstead. There are also free walking tours that take place where a guide details the history behind the plaques.

Find at various locations throughout Hampstead

Everyman Cinema and Spielburger

Today, there are 27 Everyman cinemas. But Hampstead was the first place where you could watch a movie in style. Tucked away just off Heath Street, you can sit back and relax in comfortable sofas while employees bring snacks straight to your seat at Everyman.

Before (or after) watching the latest flick, head to the adjoining Spielberger restaurant. Other than having one of the most creative names around, the restaurant servers up tasty burgers and American-inspired treats.

Find at 5 Holly Bush Vale, London NW3 6TX

Phone no: 0871 906 9060

Email: talk@everymangroup.com 

Follow @everymancinema

L’Antica Pizzeria

Quite possibly home to the best pizzas in the capital, L’Antica Pizzeria is a little slice of Napoli in Hampstead. The wood-fire oven cooks up a treat in the form of speciality pizzas, such as Sophia Loren or the Caravaggio.

It enjoys an ideal location, just a few mins’ walk from Hampstead Tube station, and is always high in demand. You’ll have to be quick to get a seat as there are only about six tables in this cosy Italian joint — a small amount to go around for such a popular eatery.

Find at 66 Heath St, London NW3 1DN

Phone: 020 7431 8516

Email: info@anticapizzeria.co.uk

Follow @anticapizzeriauk

Hampstead High Street

To name just one shop on Hampstead High Street would be an injustice. It’s filled with fashion boutiques, both brands and independents, as well as local patisseries, cheese shops and delicatessens. Take a stroll down the high street on the weekend, and it’s easy to see why you’re in one of London’s prime hotspots.

Wander the high street and adjoining Heath Street and partake in some serious window shopping. Then get lost down cobbled alleyways, like Flask Walk, while admiring antique furniture, quirky shops and much more.

Find at Heath Street, London, NW3

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Keats House

Discover the life and times of John Keats, the famous romantic poet, at Keats House, The museum and literacy centre has several exhibits and displays which detail his life and accomplishments. There are also films and live recordings of his poetry.

The house really comes alive during special events throughout the year. These include family fun days and poetry performances from a range of poets. Even without the poetry, the bright white house is a spectacular sight itself and well worth a snap or two.

Find at 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR

Phone no: 020 7332 3868

Email: keatshouse@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Follow @KeatsHouse

2 Willow Road

You could easily walk past 2 Willow Road a hundred times and think of it as nothing more than another house on a residential street. Step inside, however, and you’ll discover a modernist home from the National Trust.

Constructed in 1939 by modernist architect Erno Goldfinger, 2 Willow Road still feels like a fresh and modern design more than 80 years after it was built. The house also contains Goldfinger’s collection of modern art and is a member of London Small Historic Houses.

Find at 2 Willow Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 1TH

Phone:  020 7435 6166 

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Living in Hampstead

The picturesque village of Hampstead is a super-prime postcode in London. Filled with everything from open spaces to stylish shops, living in Hampstead means being part of a cosmopolitan community in one of London’s most sought-after neighbourhoods.

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