Belsize Park Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Belsize Park, North West London

Exceptional4.3

Living in Belsize Park

Belsize Park is a beautiful and affluent area of North West London. Blessed with diverse, lovely architecture, a huge array of shops and restaurants, and excellent access to green space, Belsize Park is very desirable place to live. Belsize Park is close to Central London and has excellent transport links - in fact, its name derives from the French for 'beautifully situated' - yet has a leafy, village feel. Among those fortunate people who have been able to call this lovely area home are Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton. 

Ratings

Exceptional4.3

Community

Belsize Park is an area with a distinct identity to those surrounding it, and a comparably leafy and villagey feel. It is popular with young professionals and families alike, and has its share of famous residents. There is a notable Jewish community in this area, and it is also known for having many independently owned businesses. 

Safety

The 2014/2015 crime rate and violence against the person rate were both much lower in Belsize ward than for London overall, and the Met police website lists the crime in the wider area as average. However, it should be noted that there is a high crime hotspot nearby, in Camden Town. 

Parking

Parking can be somewhat scarce in this area. There are fewer cars per household here than in London overall.

Nightlife

Belsize Park has a good selection of restaurants, pubs, and bars, and a short walk down the road in Camden Town one can find a nightlife hotspot with clubs and gig venues galore. 

Family Friendly

Many of the houses in this area have been divided into flats, so the few remaining family homes are very expensive and highly sought after. Although there is no actual Belsize Park, the area is nestled between Primrose Hill and Regent's Park and Hampstead Heath - some of London's loveliest and most famous Royal Parks. The population of children in Belsize Park is comparable to London as a whole, though some families tend to move further out because of the cost of homes in the area. There is a large range of schools available in this area, with good state schools and a high concentration of private schools. 

Pet Friendly

Most of the houses in this area have been subdivided into flats. Although there is not an actual Belsize Park, the area has excellent access to green space with Regent's Park and Hampstead Heath enclosing the neighbourhood. 

Transport

Belsize Park is located in Travelcard Zone 2 and is on the Northern Line, with access at Belsize Park, Chalk Farm, and Swiss Cottage stations. There is Overground access at Hampstead Heath. The area is well served by buses, including 24 hour bus routes into central London.