If you're studying at Hampstead School of English or just happen to be looking for things to do in this beautiful, leafy area of northwest London, look no further. West Hampstead is bursting with things to see and do in the days, nights, and weekends all year long. Sure, the bright city sights and sounds of central London are very easily accessible, but don't forget to explore what's in your own backyard!
1. Bars & Pubs
While West Hampstead is not exactly a hotbed of clubs, it has a phenomenal variety of bars and pubs. Many of these are slightly more upscale and feature extensive menus, guaranteeing you a relaxed evening — have you ever been to The Alice House? If you are looking for a place to get down and dance, you're still in luck — you can try Lately on West End Lane, Lower Ground Bar, Czech Bar, or even The Old Black Lion.
2. Film & Theatre
For film lovers, the O2 Centre can be found on Finchley Road, just minutes from Hampstead School of English. You can also watch movies in Belsize Park at Screen on the Hill. For those interested in theatre and other performing arts, head to the Tricycle Theatre. The venue was converted from a music hall in 1980, and now showcases renowned performances with international and innovative edges. The theatre holds over 200 seats in the theatre, a 300-seat cinema, and even a delicious bar and cafe — plus, it's open 7 days a week.
3. Restaurants & Food
Make sure to visit our Twitter to see our infographic of some excellent restaurants within walking distance from Hampstead School of English (we recommend Sushi Kou, One Sixty, The Wet Fish Cafe, The Petite Corée, and The Banana Tree) Aside from these, there is also a variety of chain restaurants such as Nando's and Papa John's, as well as simple sandwich shops, coffee shops, and mid-range and upscale restaurants.
Don't forget to make a trip to the West Hampstead Farmers Market, where you can find a number of fresh and delicious food and drink such as teas and coffees, wine, organic meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables, and even freshly baked bread and dessert. We also have an entire blog post dedicated to finding the best fresh food in West Hampstead because we love it so much — feel free to take a look!
Though there isn't an abundance of green space around West Hampstead, the streets are lined with large, leafy trees and gardens, making the area exceptionally stunning (especially in the spring!). If you are looking for a place to run, bicycle, stroll, or play some casual sport, Regents Park and the vast swathes of historic Hampstead Heath are not far from West Hampstead at all.
The Hampstead High Street is abound with adorable boutiques if you are in the mood for a little therapy, while there is an array of winsome charity shops around West End Lane — perfect for those on the lookout for vintage or bargain items — you never know what kind of gems you will find. And personally, we could easily spend hours in West End Lane Books too!