Living in South Hampstead
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.
Where to Eat in South Hampstead
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 in West Hamsptead
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.
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.
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