Hampstead Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Hampstead, North West London

Exceptional4.3

Living in Hampstead

Hampstead is a true village, incorporated into London by the late 19th century, but retaining a semi-rural feel because of the proximity to the wild countryside and open green space of Hampstead Heath. The area is particularly attractive to families, with good schools completing the trifecta of safety, green space, and schooling that makes for a family-friendly neighbourhood. There is a wide range of property available here, but all at a premium - Hampstead has long been, and will remain, one of the loveliest places to live in London. 

Ratings

Exceptional4.3

Community

Hampstead has a very villagey feel, and a strong cafe culture and many independent local businesses. Though the area attracts high-powered executives and celebrities, there is a warm, welcoming community at the heart of this neighbourhood.  

Safety

Hampstead is very safe. The 2014/2015 crime rate and violence against the person rate in both wards that comprise the neighbourhood were lower than for London overall. The Met police classify the wider area as having average crime. 

Parking

Parking in this area is about average for London. The rate of car ownership is about the same as for London as a whole. 

Nightlife

Cozy pubs and classy bars characterise the nightlife in this area, but it is close to nightlife hotspots like Camden Town which are easy to get to for the nightclub end of the late-night spectrum.

Family Friendly

Hampstead is an area with a huge amount of appeal for families. The wide range of property available in this area includes many larger, family homes. Hampstead is also renowned for its schools - particularly an array of world-class private schools in the area. Hampstead Heath provides 800 acres of green space on your doorstep. Primrose Hill and Regent's Park, too, are nearby. Demographic data shows that there is a slightly higher proportion of children living in this area than in the borough as a whole. 

Pet Friendly

Hampstead Heath provides 800 acres of green space on your doorstep, and Primrose Hill and Regent's Park are also nearby. There is an array of property in this area, including larger homes and homes with gardens that would be very well suited for pets. This would be a very good place to own a dog. 

Transport

Hampstead station (Zone 2/3) is on the Northern Line, and Finchley Road (Zone 2) is on the Jubillee and Metropolitan Lines. Hampstead Heath station is on the Overground. The area is well-served by local buses. There are good road connections to the M1 and the M25.