Sandwiched between Swiss Cottage, West Hampstead and the Finchley Road, South Hampstead – which straddles NW6 and NW8 – has a more peaceful, family friendly appeal than its neighbours.
The South Hampstead suburb has a relatively short history as until the mid 19th century it was agricultural land belonging to a priory built for a group of nuns. However, in its short existence there have been some notable residents who lived here, including: Lillie Langtry, King Edward VII’s former mistress, who had a road and pub named after her and General Fairfax who in tribute to his military successes had Fairfax Road named after him in 1870.
Properties in this sought-after residential area, range from red-brick semi-detached houses with original period features to large mansion blocks, garden maisonettes and spacious double-fronted conversions with rear gardens.
- The area is served by South Hampstead railway station on the London Overground as well as the Swiss Cottage (Jubilee line) and Finchley Road (Jubilee and Metropolitan lines) tube stations.
- Several bus routes serve South Hampstead, including numbers 24, 31 and 46 as well as nightbuses N31 and N28.
FOOD & DRINK
- Atari-Ya – High quality sushi at reasonable prices.
- Peter’s – Established family-friendly Italian restaurant.
- Singapore Garden – Great Malaysian cuisine, won best London Oriental Award.
- Lille Langtry pub – Unassuming, welcoming water hole.
- The Salt House – Gastropub has fine cuisine, a pleasant atmosphere and wide selection of wines.
THINGS TO DO
- Tricycle Theatre – Presents plays that reflect the cultural diversity of its community.
- The Baking Lab – Contemporary and friendly space designed to encourage a laid-back, fun and yet informative cooking lessons.
- Ben Uri Gallery – Regular art exhibitions include ‘Refiguring the 50’s’.
- JW3 – Jewish arts, culture and community centre with a kosher restaurant, cafe and bar.
- Huggle – Husband and wife team own shop and cafe, with regular kiddie activities held.