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West Hampstead provides a cosmopolitan café culture which includes a wealth of restaurants, cosy pubs, coffee shops and delicatessens.
West Hampstead is one of north London’s most popular and affluent suburbs and is characterised by handsome period architecture, a thriving local heart on West End Lane and fast links to the City. Until the 19th century, this was a quiet area known as West End but then came three railways in the mid-1850s and the suburb of West Hampstead was born.
•Upmarket cafes, independent shops on West End Lane reflect the village vibe
•West End Lane Books – independent bookshop with guest authors and story time sessions for children
•Popular bakeries, delis and cafes
•The Vue O2 Centre on Finchley Road - indoor shopping and leisure centre. For further shopping there is Kilburn and Hampstead
•A weekly farmers’ market selling fresh produce is held every Saturday outside West Hampstead’s Thameslink train station
West Hampstead is in Zone 2 and benefits from having three train stations.
Overland trains run from West Hampstead Thameslink station connect with St Pancras, south London and Brighton. Trains to St Pancras (for tube connections) take 9 minutes and trains to London Bridge take 18 minutes. At West Hampstead’s second overland train station on the Silver Link line, trains connect with Richmond in the west and Stratford in the east.
West Hampstead tube station is on the Jubilee Line and connects with Bond Street in just nine minutes.
There are numerous local bus routes including the 139 (to Waterloo), the 189 (to Oxford Circus), the 328 (to Chelsea) and the C11 (to Archway). For night services, both the 139 and 189 are 24 hour services.