Local area guide

Living in Hampstead Garden Suburb

Thinking about moving to Hampstead Garden Suburb? Discover why it's a great place to live, fun things to do here, what the local schools are like, transport connections and so much more.

Your guide to moving to Hampstead Garden Suburb

Why Hampstead Garden Suburb is a good place to live

Recently named by The Telegraph as one of 'the most desirable places to live' in the country, Hampstead Garden Suburb offers a unique blend of leafy tranquility and big beautiful houses, just four miles from bustling central London.

With a village-y feel and beautiful wide roads, the homes here are mainly separated by hedges, rather than walls, and the area is protected by the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust.

This, as you may have guessed, is an affluent area of North West London. Lying just north of Hampstead village next to a quiet extension of the infamous heath, the Garden Suburb is filled with large detached houses and mansions.

Yet it came about in 1907 as the vision of Henrietta Barnett, who was married to an East End cleric, and who wanted to create an estate of homes for all classes and incomes, having witnessed the effects of poverty and poor housing on the lives of her husband’s parishioners.

Today, Hampstead Garden Suburb is home to one of the oldest Waitrose stores in London at Temple Fortune, alongside a Gail's bakery, a local Italian (Capriccio) and several boutiques, not to mention a book and flower shop.

A 13 minute drive from the chic stores, top notch restaurants, bars and cafes of Hampstead Village, it's the countryside garden to Hampstead's bustling and lively cosmopolitan heart.

What's Hampstead Garden Suburb famous for?

Hampstead Garden Suburb is famous for its stunning architectural designs and countryside charm, while still being in close proximity to the heart of the capital.

The vision of philanthropist Dame Henrietta Barnett, it was intended to be classless when it was founded and is a testament to some top town planning by her appointed architect Raymond Unwin.

Barnett set up the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust Ltd in 1906, which purchased 243 acres of land from Eton College for the scheme.

The Suburb is renowned for its open spaces, most notably the gorgeous Hampstead Heath extension, alongside its signature Central Square featuring St. Jude's Church, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

The area is also famous for attracting notable personalities, including none other than the late actress Elizabeth Taylor and talk show host Johnathon Ross.

Things to do in Hampstead Garden Suburb

If you love historical architecture, a stroll through the Central Square to take in St Jude's Church is a must-do.

Art lovers will find inspiration in the suburb's scenic views, while food lovers can tuck into Persian and Italian delights at local eateries.

For those looking for a bit of self-care, the area boasts several beauty salons offering unique treatments, including salt spas.

With plenty of open spaces and parks, Hampstead Garden Suburb is a great place to enjoy long walks or runs, while also offering children's play areas - and parents will be pleased to learn there are some top notch schools here too.

Properties currently for sale in Hampstead Garden Suburb

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Transport in Hampstead Garden Suburb

Find the nearest train stations and other transport links in Hampstead Garden Suburb.

Local connections

Golders Green
0.8 miles / 1.3 km
East Finchley
0.8 miles / 1.3 km
Brent Cross
1.4 miles / 2.3 km
1.5 miles / 2.4 km
Finchley Central
1.5 miles / 2.4 km
1.7 miles / 2.7 km

Schools in Hampstead Garden Suburb

Discover local primary schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges in Hampstead Garden Suburb.

Education in Hampstead Garden Suburb

Annemount School
Ages: 2 - 7 years old
The Henrietta Barnett School
Ages: 11 - 18 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Kerem School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Oak Lodge School
Ages: 11 - 19 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2019)
Brookland Junior School
Ages: 7 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Brookland Infant and Nursery School
Ages: 3 - 7 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2013)

Local pubs in Hampstead Garden Suburb

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  • Spaniards Inn

    Hampstead, London, NW3

    Circa 1585 and steeped in English history,The Spaniards Inn is one of the oldest and most infamous pubs in London.

  • Refectory

    London NW11

    The Refectory, now a public house, was opened February 1916, and is thought to by some to be the first ever restaurant to have its kitchens entirely powered with electricity.

  • Bald Faced Stag

    London N2

    Newly renovated gastro pub in the very heart of East Finchley. Great food, real ales & a warm welcome on offer every day of the year.

  • Windsor Castle

    London N2

    East Finchley’s award winning hidden gem! Quality booze served Tues to Sun. Food served Wed-Sun.

  • Highgate Inn

    London N6

    Classic Victorian features combine with modern design touches in this convivial party pub.

  • Red Lion & Sun

    London N6

    Located in the leafy rural haven of Highgate Village overlooking London, our pub is within walking distance of Hampstead Heath, Kenwood House and Highgate Cemetery.We welcome friendly dogs, well behaved children, and their owners.