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Hampstead, Belsize Park & Primrose Hill

Also Includes

Swiss Cottage

Postcode Areas Covered

NW1, NW3 and NW8

Our Summary

A fantastic community to live in for single executives and families alike. A lively atmosphere on the high street with quiet tree-lined roads and vast green open space on the heath. Be warned though that with a high percentage of the community being international, if you are looking for that "complete UK experience" this may not be where you want to settle down.

General Description

This bustling cosmopolitan part of London started out as a weekend retreat for people from the City, who travelled out to the countryside to breathe the clean air and drink the pure water from the wells. Hampstead is still inhabited by the rich and famous and as you walk round the "village" centre you can see many residential buildings with blue plaques on their walls highlighting where famous people once lived.

The High Street is constantly alive with people from the early hours of the morning through until late at night when the bars and restaurants close. This large residential community retains its original village-like atmosphere. Hampstead Heath, one of the highest spots in North London, is only a stone’s throw away from the village centre and is an integral part of the community.

Located just south of Hampstead, Belsize Park is a haven for professional couples and young families. The area has a community feel with its village high street and tree lined streets. A short walk to the south from here welcomes the area of Primrose Hill.

The area of Primrose Hill has grown around the parkland of the same name and is another desirable area of London, particularly with British celebrities. The hill itself is one of the highest points of inner London and affords spectacular views across the city on a clear day. Primrose Hill has an interesting history which includes duels and murder (all a long time ago and now perfectly safe!) The park itself abuts Regent's Park and was originally opened as a public park so that parts of Regent's Park could be closed and kept as a private Royal area.

Swiss Cottage is not so sought after as its neighbours as it is much more socio-economically mixed and sits on A41, a main road leading out to the North of London. Its redeeming features are the Jubilee line and property prices compared to the general area.

The area is very safe as long as you take the usual precautions but don't walk on the Heath after dark.

Travel Times

From Hampstead to... By Car By Train/Tube
Heathrow Airport 21 miles, 45 mins 50 mins (2 changes)
Gatwick Airport 45 miles, 75 mins 60 mins (2 changes)

The journey times detailed above By Car are for driving during off-peak times. The By Train / Tube travel is for the fastest journey that you will get at peak-times during the week.

Types of Housing and Pricing

Hampstead is one of the more expensive areas of London to live in. Prices in Belsize Park and Swiss Cottage are slightly cheaper, though as properties and the area are redeveloped house prices are increasing. You will find a broad range of properties in the area ranging between large Georgian detached houses, Victorian terraces, mansion blocks and old public buildings (i.e. a hospital) which have now been converted into apartments.

Primrose Hill is dominated by older homes with family homes being the most sought after. Attracting established professionals and celebrities property prices here are high.

Hampstead, Belsize Park & Primrose Hill
  To Purchase To Rent
Studio £350,000 - £500,000 £180 - £500 per week
1 bed £395,000 - £650,000 £275 - £750 per week
2 bed £500,000 - £1,000,000+ £320 - £900 per week
3-4 bed £600,000 - £2,000,000+ £475 - £1200+ per week
5+ bed £2,000,000+ £1200+ per week

The above data represents an average range of property prices in the area. We have excluded extremes of pricing from our data set.

Education

Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.

The Local Authority (LA) for the area is Camden and it is responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.
www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/education

Camden has some of the very best primary schools in the country. There are a few community secondary schools and academies in the area. There is a good selection of independent schools in the area due its popularity with families, particularly for Pre-Prep and Prep.

To view a map showing schools in the local area, please click the button below. Each school on the map can be clicked to show further information, including OFSTED ratings, exam results, age ranges and number of pupils.

Schools Map

Key

  • Primary
  • Ranked in Top 10%
  • Requires Improvement
  • Secondary
  • Oustanding
  • Inadequate
  • Primary and Secondary
  • Good
  • Independent School

We can help you to get round the nuances of the British schooling system with our school search services. We offer a range of programmes, from basic consultancy with one of our education specialists, to detailed reporting on every suitable school for your child or children, through to fully accompanied school inspections where we take you to see your top school choices.

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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates

Camden Council is the administrative authority responsible for the local area. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
www.camden.gov.uk
www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/council-and-democracy/council-tax

The police authority for the area is the Metropolitan. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.

Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.
www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps

A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.
illustreets.co.uk/explore-england

Shopping

Heath Street and Hampstead High Street form the shopping area in Hampstead. The area consists mainly of one-off furniture shops, boutiques and quaint tea-rooms. You do get some of the better quality high street brands here, i.e. Whistles and Kurt Geiger. The roads also offer many typical high street shops, i.e. chemists, post office and butchers. Going down the hill into Belsize Park the road is still lined with shops and restaurants though not of the same ilk.

There are many cafes along Hampstead High Street with tables and chairs on the pavement where you can enjoy the afternoon people watching (keep your eyes open for celebrities). Hampstead High Street also has a plentiful supply of excellent restaurants whether you are looking for Oriental, African or European cuisine. Some of the more fashionable restaurants get very busy so it is worth making reservations.

The shops in Belsize Park have improved in quality in recent years, being centred round the tube station and with England’s Lane and Steele’s Yard.

Primrose Hill has a selection of coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants which can be found at the top end of Regent’s Park Road and on Chalcot Road.

Brent Cross shopping centre is on the A41 North of Hampstead. It is a large shopping centre with over 110 stores and cafes, with an adjacent Holiday Inn.

Swiss Cottage Farmers Market (one of the London Farmers' Markets) is a weekly market held in the car park of the O2 centre (until works are completed at Swiss Cottage). You can buy fresh vegetables grown by the sellers themselves and "home-made" pies, chutneys and cakes.

There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.

Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.

As part of our Home Search Programme, we will orientate you around your target areas and show you where the nearest shopping centres and supermarkets are.

Home Search Programmes

Leisure Facilities

Maitland Park Sports Centre - offers football, basketball, all ball sports, gym and gymnastics.
www.cmdn.co.uk/our-venues/96/http-www-camden-gov-uk-zoom-ccm-content-contacts-non-council-contacts-leisure-non-council-contacts-contact-the-maitland-park-sports-centre-en

Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre - has a gym and spa facilities, as well as a swimming pool and various ball sports.
www.better.org.uk/leisure/swiss-cottage-leisure-centre

Hampstead Golf Club - a 9 hole course which is open to both members and visitors.
www.hampsteadgolfclub.co.uk

The O2 Centre on Finchley Road - has an 8 screen Warner Village cinema. There is also the London International Gallery of Children's Art, London's only gallery devoted to children's art from around the world.
o2centre.co.uk

Everyman Cinema in Hampstead - shows the latest blockbuster movies.
www.everymancinema.com/venues/hampstead/whats-on

Local Attractions

Hampstead Heath - the largest attraction in Hampstead is of course the Heath, which covers 791 acres within two London Boroughs. It has been designated a site of Special Scientific Interest by English Nature. In addition to its 25 main ponds, the Heath has areas of ancient woodland, bog, hedgerow and grassland. There are eight different areas for children's play and many sports facilities including tennis, volleyball, football, cricket and bowls. There are four different swimming facilities, three of which are ponds, and two are open all year round. Special events are organised throughout the year including jazz concerts, fishing teach-ins, fun fairs and children's entertainment. Hampstead Heath is also a favourite site for kite flyers.
www.hampsteadheath.net

Kenwood House - a Neo-Classical house on the north side of Hampstead Heath. The house contains the most important private collection of paintings ever given to the nation. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, and in the summer there are open air concerts in the bowl by the lake.
www.plus44.com/heritage/kenwood/kenwood.htm

Keats House - once home to Romantic poet John Keats and now open for the public to view.
www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/keats-house/Pages/default.aspx

Camden Arts Centre - a community centre with a bookstore and studios where the public can meet with the artists.
www.camdenartscentre.org

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