Your Guide to London Hampstead
Where is Hampstead?
Come and stay on the doorstep of beautiful Hampstead Heath and you can make the most of Hampstead’s restaurants, clubs, traditional pubs, theatres, cinemas and trendy shops too. Hampstead also boasts some of the most expensive housing in the London area, as well as intellectual, artistic, musical and literary associations. It’s part of the London Borough of Camden, surrounded by other districts like Golders Green, Highgate and Belsize Park. It isn’t part of the London congestion charging zone either so you’ll be able to drive around without it costing you the earth!. As Hampstead boasts its own tube station and Hampstead Heath Train Station, you’ll find it really easy to travel to Central London and other surrounding areas. There’s even Belsize Park and Swiss Cottage Tube Stations for you to take advantage of too!
History of Hampstead
The name Hampstead comes from the Anglo-Saxon words hæmpe and stede, meaning ‘settlement near pigs’ and it ‘s referred to in the Domesday Book of 1086. But the history of Hampstead is generally traced back to the 17th century. The Village of Hampstead, just four miles from the centre of London, first became famous in the early 18th century as a pleasure resort for its medicinal springs. It was claimed by doctors that the waters were a cure for most ailments. It was also famous for its magnificent views overlooking the City of London. These factors brought Hampstead many famous inhabitants and visitors including John Constable, William Blake, Alfred Tennyson, Anna Pavlova, and George Du Maurier. Hampstead apparently has more blue plaques than any other London suburb!
Hampstead started to expand after the opening of the North London Railway in the 1860s, and expanded further after the Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway opened in 1907 (now part of London Underground's Northern Line). This provided fast travel to central London. Much luxurious housing was created during the 1870s and 1880s and most of this housing remains to this day. The area has everything you could possibly want during a stay in London and it’s only four miles from the centre of the city. You’ve got a wonderful village atmosphere - complete with views, pubs, parks and cafes - plus quick, easy access to the capital’s main attractions. What more could you ask for?
The Positives of Hampstead
Though it’s now considered an integral part of London, Hampstead has retained much of its village atmosphere and charm for you to discover, with Hampstead High Street playing a vital role in the benefits of the area. Hampstead is a dynamic and thriving shopping centre, which is great for all those shopaholics amongst you! It’s also full of charming pubs, clubs, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, shops, and (of course) beautiful Hampstead Heath for you to explore and relax in. As there’s a tube and train station in the district you’ll find it really easy to get into Central London and explore the tourist hotspots before escaping to the relative tranquillity of your Hampstead hotel in the evenings. Hampstead is also well-known for its artistic character and theatres - so it’s an ideal spot if you love creativity!
Need to Know Hampstead
If you stay in Hampstead you’re about 4 miles from the centre of London, so you’re not right in the heart of the city. But as the surrounding area is served by 3 tube stations (and a train station) you have easy access to everything the capital has to offer. And the great thing about staying in Hampstead is that you can enjoy a rural village-like atmosphere, knowing that the city’s top attraction are only a tube journey (or even a walk!) away.