Best things to do in West Hampstead for all ages


West Hampstead is a popular area of London for all. It’s within easy access of good schools and green spaces plus the shops are excellent, and the bars and cafes are plentiful. It even has its own Twitter feed – so why not take a look and see what great things there are to do in this area for all ages.

Great connections

You’d be in good company if you move to West Hampstead. Actress Emma Thompson, the comedian Robert Webb and actor Bill Nighy all have homes in this part of northwest London.

If there are any retirement flats for sale in this area, they are snapped up quickly so be sure to get in quick! With Bond Street 9 minutes away by tube and Stratford found to the east and easily obtainable by overground, this ever-popular neighbourhood is within easy reach of the city centre and has excellent connections if you wish to venture outside the capital.

Shopping in West Hampstead

The main thoroughfare is West End Lane. You’ll see plenty of independent delis and even a Saturday Farmer’s Market on the courtyard of the West Hampstead station. All the usual high street stores are represented in the area, and Waitrose as well as Marks and Spencer are expected to open here over the coming months.

Independent shops give this area its unique charm and sense of community. Anyone of any age who wishes to while away some time at West End Lane Books and then unwind further with a drink at Café Bon will find all of these establishments placed within shouting distance of each other.

West Hampstead is a vibrant community

This part of London has always been associated with the arts and literature. A local school, Beckford Primary, recently hosted the legendary saxophonist John Altman as entertainment for its annual carnival.

The West Hampstead Community Centre on Dornfell Street is the place to go if you want to become involved in local activities. From toddlers’ dancing groups to kung fu or yoga classes, this is the place for mental and physical stimulation.

The area also has an active community association which has its headquarters at the Community Centre.

Sports and outdoor activities thrive in West Hampstead

Whether you enjoy a gentle stroll or you just like taking your dog for a walk, then Primrose Hill, Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill Fields are all within easy reach.

There’s a wonderful leisure centre in nearby Swiss Cottage that should suit the needs of the super-energetic while another wonderful thing about West Hampstead is that sports facilities for all ages are all close by.

After a long and active day, you can always return to West End Lane and enjoy a tasty meal at the Wet Fish Café.