Tucked away in a corner of North London is a village that looks like it came straight out of a Hansel and Gretel picture book.
Hampstead’s ‘chocolate box village’ vibe has naturally attracted hordes of millionaires seeking country-style comfort in London’s sprawling metropolis.
Among this elite group of residents, you’ll also find a veritable calling card of the great and the good from British music, TV and film.
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In fact, according to London Walking Tours, Hampstead is currently the home to household names like Liam Gallagher, Helena Bonham Carter, Jonathan Ross and Ricky Gervais.
However, if you want to count these stars as your neighbours then it will set you back a pretty penny, as the average house costs nearly £4 million in Hampstead Village.
Hampstead has long been known as a residence of the rich and famous, including writers, composers, artists and architects – many of whom created a bohemian community in the late 19th century.
After 1917, and again in the 1930s, it became the base of a community of avant-garde artists and writers and was host to a number of émigrés and exiles from the Russian Revolution and Nazi Europe.
Hampstead is packed full of history, from Keat’s House (where John Keats wrote his Ode to a Nightingale) to the Freud Museum located in the house where Sigmund Freud lived.
Just outside Hampstead Tube station, Hampstead High Street is at the heart of the village.
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It’s full of shops, restaurants, cafes and boutiques, making it the ideal place to spot celebrities.
However, most of us will know Hampstead best for its sprawling heath; perfect for walking or enjoying a picnic on a sunny day.
Despite the astronomical house prices, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy in Hampstead Village.