South Hampstead Area Guide
The southern area of NW6 is characterised by broad avenues, leafy gardens and access to some of the best parks in London - including Hampstead Heath, Regents Park and Queen’s Park itself. The majority of the housing in the area was constructed swiftly in the late 19th century to cater for London’s growing middle classes. The granting of conservation status to much of Hampstead and Queen’s Park has protected both areas from overdevelopment, and left them as a series of residential and beautifully preserved Victorian suburbs.
South Hampstead lies in the Borough of Camden between West End Lane, Belsize Road and Finchley Road. South Hampstead plays host to both families and professionals drawn in by the up-market ‘village’ feel, and the area’s wide array of restaurants, pubs and highly rated local schools.
One of South Hampstead’s biggest selling points is undoubtedly its geographical position, with easy access to the quaint upmarket areas surrounding Hampstead Heath as well as the more metropolitan Kilburn. The housing stock is for the most part made of up low-density Victorian terraces, with large gardens on peaceful boulevards.
Queen’s Park’s is a green, residential area which derives its name from the park at its centre. Sitting between Kilburn and Kensal Green, the area benefits from the wide array of facilities in Queen’s Park - including sports pitches and a small zoo - as well as a number of independent shops, food vendors and an award-winning farmers market.
Much like West Hampstead, the area has been protected from overdevelopment by conservation designation. Housing to the east of the park is primarily classically constructed Victorian and Edwardian terraces, while housing to the west is more Gothic in style.