West Hampstead Area Guide

UK Area Guides

West Hampstead, North West London


Living in West Hampstead

West Hampstead is a lovely community area of North West London with a distinctive character and amenities that appeal to a broad range of residents. Families are drawn to the area's safety, green spaces, and good schools, while young professionals may be more drawn by the cafe culture, local amenities, and excellent transport links. A wide range of property styles and sizes is available here, ensuring that the differing needs of the variety of people who wish to call West Hampstead home will find the right house or flat for them here.




This is a friendly area with a strong sense of community that comes from the fact that people who move here tend to stick around long-term. This villagey neighbourhood holds regular community meetings, attended by a wide mix of residents, from young professionals to families. The area has a vibrant cafe culture, and there are many independently owned businesses in the area.


This is a safe and peaceful part of London. Both the 2014/2015 crime rate and violence against the person rate were lower than for London overall. The Met police list the crime in this ward as average, as well as in all of the surrounding wards. The nearest high-crime hotspot is some distance away, in Camden Town. 


It can be somewhat difficult and expensive to park around here. Fewer people own a car in this area than in London overall, at a rate of about one car for every 2 households. 


With a varied mix of nightlife including everything from restaurants to nightclubs, as well as great transport links, West Hampstead is a good place to live if you like to enjoy some late-night entertainment without the slightly grittier feel of places like Camden Town and Soho. 

Family Friendly

This villagey neighbourhood is very popular with families. There are many activities targeted at families, from children's story sessions to family-friendly cafes and restaurants. Schools in this area are good, and Camden Council has plans to provide more places at the existing primary schools. The area has significant green space, including Kilburn Grange Park (which has a children's playground) and Queen's Park (which has a small zoo), as well as nearby Hampstead Heath and Gladstone Park. 

Pet Friendly

The area has significant green space, including Kilburn Grange Park and Queen's Park, as well as nearby Hampstead Heath and Gladstone Park. This would be a great place to own a dog. 


West Hampstead is centrally located, in Zone 2. The neighbourhood's main station is on the Jubilee Line, as well as the Overground. Thameslink trains connect the area to St Pancras, South London, and Brighton. There are a number of buses serving the area, including 24/7 bus routes.