Where can you hike for hours through forests and meadows and yet only four stations away from Big Ben? Of course, in Hampstead, one of the most beautiful parts of London. It’s no wonder why so many young couples are moving to Hampstead, despite the high cost of living. Many appreciate the quaint district for its very own style because it has multiculturalism, versatile architecture, restaurants and cafes and an astoundingly large amount of green space. Here are some reasons why you should move to Hampstead.
Many of today’s valuable parts of the London metropolis used to be less popular such as Notting Hill, and Islington, for example. Hampstead, north of the city center, on the other hand, has always been exclusive; in the 18th century, it was the health resort of London, because it sat on higher grounds and was never affected by the infamous London fog and fumes.
Although Hampstead is still far from Kensington rents, you still have to expect a high cost of living. Hampstead ranks sixth among the most expensive areas to live in London, just behind West Brompton. If you are happy to live a few streets away from Hampstead, you can cross over to Edgware, which is another very green and beautiful part of the city – rent prices drop significantly there.
If you appreciate historical architecture such as imposing Victorian buildings, it is worthwhile to move to Hampstead. You can also visit the Highgate Cemetery, a place of melancholy beauty. Upon entering the squeaky main gate, a winding that path leads into the dead forest is revealed. The western part of the cemetery was once a park-like complex in which only the most fortunate could afford a tomb. On the eastern, the poor part of the cemetery is where Karl Marx found his last resting place in 1883.
Generally speaking, Hampstead has a lot to offer regarding cultural diversity, and especially in the high street, where you will find first-class international cuisines. Why not experience the tasty dishes from Thai restaurant “Patara” or hop over to the enchantingly furnished French patisserie “Lanka,” where Ceylon tea is served alongside macaroons.
If you lived in London previously, a reason why you might be considering moving away from the city is to start a new chapter and raise a family in a more suited part of the world.
The wide range of nursery pre-prep schools in Hampstead such including North Bridge House Nursery makes the town an ideal place to raise children. It also has lots of leisure facilities, sports centers, libraries, bookshops, sports clubs and more. In terms of a family-friendly environment, the variety offered in Hampstead is another reason to consider moving.
One of the best things about living in Hampstead is the green spaces it has to offer. If you sit on the picnic blanket on the meadows of Hampstead Heath on a beautiful summer’s day, you may forget that you are only a few stops away from Big Ben and Oxford Street, and feel like you are far out in the countryside.