Belsize Park Area Guide

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Belsize Park
Area Guide

This Belsize Park guide provides a swift overview of the area, including the best places to eat and drink, shop, study, its history, council tax rates and public transport connections to the rest of London.

Property for sale in Belsize Park London NW3
Property for sale in Belsize Park London NW3
Shops and restaurants in Belsize Park

An overview of Belsize Park

Located in North West London in the London Borough of Camden, Belsize Park is a hugely fashionable place to live, which explains why the area is home to many affluent residents, some of the finest shops and restaurants, and a high range of homes costing well in excess of £1 million.

The vast array of patisseries, cafes, restaurants and bars in the area are among the best in London, the local schools traditionally produce excellent results, and there are plentiful open green spaces. Meanwhile, Belsize Park’s transport links offer easy access into central London, along with other parts of the capital.

History of Belsize Park

The Manor of Belsize, which dates back to the the 14th century when Sir Roger le Brabazon reportedly left land to Westminster Abbey, got its name from the French bel assis meaning ‘well situated’, which very much sums up the area’s geographical position today as it did in the Middle Ages.

Most of the main thoroughfares were established between 1850 and 1870, when Belsize became Belsize Park, much of which was built up by property developer Daniel Tidey, who was originally from Sussex.

Over the next 30 years, much of Belsize Park’s remaining green spaces were transformed into the area that we see today, dominated by 19th century architecture, with three fundamental focal points – Belsize Village, England’s Lane and Haverstock Hill.

Belsize Park property  

Belsize Park is one of the most desirable areas to live in London with a wide choice of homes available, including old four-storey terraces, small cottages, purpose-built flats, mews houses and Victorian terraces, many of which have been converted into apartments.

Popular places in which to buy or rent property in Belsize Park include Belsize Avenue, Belsize Court, Belsize Crescent, Belsize Gardens, Belsize Grove, Belsize Lane, Belsize Mews, Belsize Park (the road), Belsize Park Gardens, Belsize Place, Belsize Square and Belsize Terrace.

A wide selection of homebuyers and tenants buy and rent houses and apartments in Belsize Park, including young professionals and well-to-do families attracted to the area’s excellent schools and the abundance of open green spaces.

Whether you are seeking to buy or rent a home in Belsize Park, contact one of Green & Co.’s expert sales and letting agents. We have a fine supply of homes in Belsize Park for sale and to let.

Shopping, food and drink in Belsize Park

Belsize Park is a fashionable district, thanks in part to the wealth of small and exclusive shops, as well as places to eat and drink. There are numerous patisseries, gastropubs and restaurants.

For breakfast, Euphorium Bakery provides an alternative from the more established Starbucks and Costa coffee houses. Chez Bob is a popular places to dine, along with widespread chains Gail's Bakery, Franco Manca, Giraffe, Gourmet Burger and Pizza Express – all located in the main high street on Haverstock Hill.

Popular bars and pubs in and around Belsize Park include the Mighty Craic, Gilgamesh, The George, The Washington and The Stag. Those seeking to revel until the early hours of the morning will find no shortage of venues in nearby Camden Town, including the Roundhouse, Proud Camden, Dingwalls, Jazz Café, among many others.

There is no shortage of places to shop in Belsize Park, but the greatest selection of retail outlets can be found along Hampstead High Street, which is a short walk away. Read More

Hampstead High Street consists of a wide selection of ladies’ and men’s fashion boutiques alongside some of the better-known quality brands, including Reiss, Whistles, Hobbs, Kurt Geiger, Trilogy, Nicole Farhi and Jaeger.

Hampstead High Street is also home to an unbeatable range of independent butchers, fishmongers, bakers, health and beauty, florists, art galleries, home ware, gifts and book shops.

Popular bars and pubs in and around Belsize Park include the Mighty Craic, The George, The Washington and The Stag. Those seeking to revel until the early hours of the morning will find no shortage of venues in nearby Camden Town, including the Roundhouse, Proud Camden, Dingwalls, Jazz Café, among many others.

People strolling in a park in Belsize Park in North West London
Belsize Park Underground Station

Parks in Belsize Park

Part of the attraction of this area is that it has access to some of the nicest parks and picturesque areas of London. Hampstead Heath is within an easy ten to fifteen minute walk, while Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park beyond are not much further away.

Emergency services in Belsize Park  

Belsize Park is served by West Hampstead and Kentish Town Police Stations, while the nearest fire station is located in West End Lane, West Hampstead

There are a number of local GPs in and around Belsize Park, including Rosslyn Hill Practice, Keats Group Practice, Hampstead Group Practice, Daleham Gardens Health Centre and Park End Surgery. The nearest hospital is the Royal Free, situated a stone’s throw away in Hampstead Heath.

Transportation in Belsize Park  

Located in zone two of the London Underground system, the area is served by Belsize Park Underground Station (Northern Line), while Hampstead Heath and Chalk Farm stations, both of which are also on the Northern Line, are located only a short walk away.

Additionally, there is an Overground service (Zone 2) at Hampstead Heath Railway Station operating between Richmond and Stratford.

Bus services include the C11, 24, 46, 168, 268, while the N5 provides a 24-hour service to Trafalgar Square in one direction and Edgware Road in the other.

Nurseries, schools and colleges in Belsize Park    

Rosary RC Primary School
Hampstead Hill School
St Christopher’s School
Fleet Primary School
Lyndhurst House Prep School
Royal School Hampstead
Haverstock School
University College School

 Compiled by Tavistock Tutors.

Council tax rates in Belsize Park

The council tax rate in Belsize Parkis set by Camden Council. The rate of council tax varies and is dependent on the following valuation bands:

London Borough of Camden 2017/18

Band

Band A
Band B
Band C
Band D
Band E
Band F
Band G
Band H

Council Tax

£945.97
£1,102.47
£1,259.97
£1,417.46
£1,732.45
£2,047.44
£2,362.43
£2,834.92


Belsize Park
Summary

A large part of Belsize Park, dominated by trendy cafes, bakeries, small shops, bars and restaurants, offers a village feel and a wonderful sense of community.

Whist providing a welcome escape from the hassle of city life, anyone looking to buy or rent a property in Belsize Park will find that that the area is a highly fashionable place to live, with superb housing and excellent links into London.

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