West Hampstead is a relaxed local area of North London that prides itself on its beautiful leafy greens and large array of food and drink establishments. Only a stone’s throw from Hampstead School of English by foot, and connected to central London by the speedy Jubilee line, it is easily accessible and well worth exploring if you want to experience ‘local London’.
If you're looking for a good place to enjoy a coffee or a spot of lunch, here are 5 great cafés in West Hampstead, all located only 5-10 minutes’ walk from Hampstead School of English, our London-based language school.
1. Pumpkin Café
110 Fortune Green Road, West Hampstead – 3 minutes’ walk from BSC London Hampstead
If you’re looking for a comfortable and friendly café in West Hampstead, Pumpkin Café is a great little locals’ place located just around the corner from Hampstead School of English. With tea and coffee starting at £1.25 and full English breakfasts from only £4.95, the menu offers great value for money and the perfect opportunity to try traditional British dishes.
2. The Kitchen Table
37 Mill Lane, West Hampstead – 8 minutes’ walk from BSC London Hampstead
The Kitchen Table is a friendly independent café on Mill Lane in West Hampstead. The welcoming staff make you feel right at home, and the open-plan, modern kitchen gives the place a relaxed and informal feeling. The menu changes throughout the year according to seasonal ingredients, and you can get a delicious selection of homemade cakes and cookies. Perfect for locals and newcomers alike!
3. David’s Deli
341 West End Lane, West Hampstead – 6 minutes’ walk from BSC London Hampstead
David’s Deli is a welcoming family-run Middle Eastern café in West Hampstead, a short walk away from Hampstead School of English and a great place to enjoy a coffee with friends. David’s Deli looks out over a small, leafy green and has enclosed outdoor seating that offer the perfect place to hang out on a sunny day! The service is friendly and the variety of food is fantastic, all at great value for money.
4. Curled Leaf
98 Mill Lane, West Hampstead – 9 minutes’ walk from BSC London Hampstead
The Curled Leaf café in West Hampstead is a wonderful find, and a popular local place. With quirky decorations and an authentic atmosphere, the café offers a delicious selection of healthy lunches and a wide array of tea to choose from. Not only do they specialise in health food, but the owners also practise acupuncture and offer treatments and one-to-one yoga sessions in the back room!
5. Art 4 Fun: The Creative Café
172 West End Lane, West Hampstead – 12 minutes’ walk from BSC London Hampstead
If you want to try something a bit different, Art 4 Fun is a brilliant ‘café’ on West End Lane, and the perfect place to go with friends if you like being creative. Also known as ‘The Creative Café’, the concept is that you can enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, or a cake whilst getting comfy for an hour or so of painting ceramics, wood or glass, making great gifts and souvenirs of your time in London! There is a small studio fee of £5.95 and items start from £3.50, making it the best value-for-money art café in London.