We’re up to north again and this area is the choice of many Americans. North London is a massive area with dozens of postcodes and suburbs. Mostly residential, many people who work in the city have chosen to live in North London for schools, amenities and the feeling of being slightly out of the city, even if you’re right in the thick of things.
North London – Hampstead
Hampstead is one of the greenest suburbs. It is also a suburb that has a village atmosphere and quaint shops and streets surrounding the magnificent green area of Hampstead Heath. This atmosphere comes at a price though. A flat in this neighborhood can cost you anywhere from £1000 -£ 4000 per week. Houses are even more expensive.
Council Information: Hampstead falls under the Council Borough of Camden with annual taxes ranging from £900 – £2700.
Transport: Hampstead Station falls under Transport Zone 2 and is located on the Northern Line of the London Underground. The Hampstead Heath Station serves the overland trains and there are several buses from Hampstead into the city, including the N5 night bus right to Trafalgar Square.
Shopping: Hampstead offers a number of excellent grocery stores that offer home delivery like Tesco Express and Waitrose but the real treat of living in Hampstead are the smaller shops that line the streets of this residential neighborhood. Specialty grocery stores and health shops, as well as boutiques and excellent restaurants can be found in this area. Hampstead is one of the suburbs where being seen out and about is more about celeb spotting than anything else!
Doctors: there are a number of excellent local GP’s in the area as well as the Royal Free Hospital which has an A&E as well as being an excellent maternity hospital. If you’re looking for a pharmacy in the area then you can find Boots on Hampstead high Street which is one of the biggest chains of pharmacies in the country.
Other Amenities: There are a number of excellent schools in the area from kindergartens to post graduate colleges. The borough of Camden has a large number of independent schools and international schools.