Belsize Park Firehouse is within a short walk of two of the capital’s most outstanding green spaces, Hampstead Heath to the north and Primrose Hill to the south, offering a tranquil escape from the city and stunning views across the capital from their high outlook points. Set in a prominent location on the corner of arguably two of Belsize Park’s most sought-after roads, Eton Avenue and Lancaster Grove, the development is a few minutes’ walk to Belsize Park and Swiss Cottage tube stations, both in Zone 2, with short journey times to the West End and City.
The surrounding wide streets of well-preserved period properties, dating from the 1700s, feature traditional red brick exteriors and white stucco-fronted homes, synonymous with Belsize Park, alongside luxury contemporary apartments. Now known as somewhat of a celebrity enclave, locals are accustomed to rubbing shoulders in the many cosmopolitan cafés, restaurants and boutiques with its famous residents, said to include Sean Bean, Kate Hudson and Jude Law.
City professionals appreciate the closeness of London from where they can be home in around 30 minutes by tube, while families look to Belsize Park for its excellent range of state and independent schools, including University College School for Boys and South Hampstead High School for Girls. In this popular part of the capital, creative and cultural influences are many. The renowned University of London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama whose alumni include Vanessa Redgrave, Rupert
Everett and Rufus Sewell, is within a few minutes’ walk of Belsize Park Firehouse. Historical past residents of Belsize Park include the world-famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, whose museum is nearby, and revolutionary socialist Karl Marx buried in Highgate cemetery, while writer George Orwell lived for a time nearby in Primrose Hill.
About the area
Belsize Park has much to offer with an outstanding range of neighbourhood shops, restaurants and bars. Belsize Village along Haverstock Hill, clustered around Belsize Park tube station, is brimming with lively cafés and independent shops such as the renowned London bookseller Daunt Books and convenient high street stores as well as an excellent choice of eateries and bars. Artigiano is a popular Italian restaurant where alfresco dining is a must on warm days. Jamon Jamon serves delicious traditional Spanish tapas and offers a large menu of Asian-inspired dishes championed by the locals.
Steeles Village at the southern end of Haverstock Hill has been transformed by a co-operative of residents and shop keepers, taking its name from the local writer and co-founder of Tatler and the Spectator magazine, Sir Richard Steele. The village pub, on the site of a cottage where Steele lived in the 18th century is also named after him. England’s Lane is a further enclave of cafés and shops home to Barrats, a family butcher, the Black Truffle deli and coffee house serving a range of artisan food and drinks and the family-friendly Ginger and White café. Swiss Cottage Farmers’ Market is held every Wednesday at the end of Eton Avenue and Primrose Hill Market is on Saturdays at Elsworthy Road.
Residents need not travel far for a cinema and theatre experience as the independent Everyman Cinema is located close by on Haverstock Hill and the Hampstead Theatre showing many UK premieres is at Swiss Cottage. A larger multiplex cinema is found at the O2 Centre in Finchley Road, also next to Waitrose’s flagship store and cookery school. There are plenty of places to wind down and enjoy the local green spaces, including Primrose Hill on the north side of Regent’s Park, whether it’s for an early morning jog, to walk the dog or just admire the city skyline. Nearby Hampstead Heath has three bathing ponds, tennis courts and is home to Kenwood House now owned by English Heritage with an Open Air theatre staging numerous outdoor events and concerts.
Belsize Park Firehouse is perfectly located for village life within a short walk of independent shops, restaurants, leisure activities and transport connections. Your downtime starts here.