Hampstead has a low violent crime rate and a high property crime rate for London.
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Once upon a time, Hampstead was one of those places everyone could afford, but no one actually wanted to live there. Today, an economic turnaround of the area has made it one of the most sought after neighborhoods for musicians, artists, and creatives. They are even a few low-level television stars living here.
Overall, this is a charming neighborhood. Narrow roads with picturesque buildings look like something right out of a postcard.
Most of the living quarters are quaint apartments or single-family homes with character. You’ll likely spend big bucks as the cheaper spaces are taken without much hope of being vacated. Still, the community vibe and modern amenities make this a great neighborhood if you can afford it.
Given the affluent population, many of the businesses here cater to those with money. So you won’t find fast food around here, but the area has lots of organic artisanal food shops. And you won’t find basic clothing shops, but instead there are lots of boutiques with unique pieces (and high prices).
The area is a bit more affordable the closer you get to Hampstead Tube station, so if you are on a bit of a budget (though not much), you might find something there.
The main reason that people want to move to Hampstead is because of Hampstead Heath, known to locals as “The Heath.” This is a 791-acre (320 hectare) park that has some of the oldest, most beautiful trees in the area and quite a few swimming holes. It also offers amazing views from one of London’s highest points, Parliament Hill.
Hampstead is bordered on the north by Golders Green, on the east by Belsize Park, on the south by South Hampstead, and on the west by West Hampstead.
The City: 5.5 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit / 35 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 8.7 miles / 35-70 minutes by car / 40-50 minutes by transit
Southwark: 6.8 miles / 30-65 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit
Westminster: 5.3 miles / 25-45 minutes by car / 30-40 minutes by transit / 35 minutes by bike
Shoreditch: 5.2 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike
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