West Hampstead Area Guide
Like many parts of London, West Hampstead was just a small village until the arrival of the railway resulted in farmland being diverted to housing use.
In 1879, the Metroplitan Railway coined the name ‘West Hampstead’ for its station on West End Lane to avoid confusion with the capital’s West End shopping district. Today, it is served by numerous bus routes and boasts three stations: West Hampstead Underground station, West Hampstead Thameslink and West Hampstead Silverlink Metro.
West Hampstead’s excellent transport links make it a highly popular place to live for young urban professionals while its proximity to Hampstead Heath and Queens Park appeal to families seeking green open spaces and a cosmopolitan lifestyle. West End Lane, the main artery that runs through the heart of West Hampstead, is peppered with independent shops, pubs, a nightclub, bustling café and other places to eat that give the neighbourhood its village feel.
The varied property choice ranges from handsome Edwardian mansion blocks and tall Victorian terraced houses (many converted to flats) with large communal gardens to well-maintained two and three-bedroom terraces and semis with small gardens. Increasingly, we are also seeing a number of new build apartments.
West Hampstead is home to the 02 Centre on Finchley Road where residents can enjoy a film at the eight-screen Vue cinema, feed their book habit at Waterstones, stock up on groceries at Sainsbury’s or work up a sweat at Esporta.