Belsize Park with its bohemian and vibrant village-like environment is one of London’s most fashionable place to live. Nestled between edgy Camden and glamorous Primrose Hill it seems only fitting that its name derived in the Middle Ages from the French words ‘bel assis’ means ‘well situated’.
Like neighbouring Hampstead, with which it shares the exclusive NW3 postcode, the area is home to a cosmopolitan artistic community that include many celebrities such as Kate Winslet, Helena Bonham-Carter, Kate Moss, Chris Martin and his wife Gwyneth Paltrow.
Walking down Belsize Park’s tree-lined streets with its elegant white stucco-fronted Victorian houses there is a real sense of beauty and calmness that culminates in a charming, bustling High Street with flower stalls, butchers and plenty of cafes and bars that further add to the area’s highly individual ambience.
- Belsize Park tube station (Zone 2) is on the Northern line and gets to Tottenham Court Road in 13 minutes.
- Over ground services from Hampstead Heath Railway Station, Finchley Road & Frognal and Hampstead Thameslink.
- Bus services include the C11, 24, 46, 168, 268, while the N5 provides a 24-hour service to Trafalgar Square in one direction and Edgware Road in the other.
- Direct road links to the A41, M1, M4, M11, M25 and the North Circular road.
FOOD & DRINK
- Sir Richard Steele – A firm favourite for locals and a great place to go for a traditional pint.
- The Washington – English gastro pub that blends eccentricity with comfortable style.
- Manna – One of Europe’s finest and oldest gourmet vegetarian establishments.
- Ballaró’s – Quality Italian food served with gusto.
- Bradleys – Michelin awarded fine dining.
- Euphorium Bakery – Equally good for breakfast or if you just fancy coffee and cake.
THINGS TO DO
- England’s Lane and Haverstock Hill – Wander around and find many hidden gems such as England’s Lane Books which has many special editions.
- Antrim Road Library – Run by the local community it’s an outstanding focus for local activities, groups and events.
- Everyman Cinema – This newly spruced up cinema is a great find and has comfy seats and a great bar.
- Ryan Gander: The artists have the keys – Audio-visual exhibition in the designer’s modernist home.
- Walking book club – Meeting at Daunt Books on a Sunday morning, sets off for a stroll that utilizes the stunning views while indulging in literary talk.