London life has just got better. Seamlessly combining the city’s cosmopolitan vibe with relaxed neighbourhood living, The Milne Building is a welcome addition to this already sought-after pocket of West Hampstead. Boutiques, restaurants, schools and easy transport links are all mere moments away, making this an attractive option for professionals and families alike.
Bordering Hampstead and Kilburn, the village-like neighbourhood of West Hampstead is celebrated for its distinct architectural character. Its Victorian red brick buildings and Art Deco details offer a taste of traditional London.
Creative types – among them famous actors, writers and musicians – have lived in this pretty pcket of North London for decades. More recently, young professionals and growing families have been allured by Wes Hampstead’s excellent transport links and strong community feel.
The Milne Building residents have three stations within an easy 3-minute stroll. The Jubilee line connects commuters to Waterloo in 15 minutes, or Canary Wharf in 24 minutes. Overground trains serve Hampstead Heath, Highbury & Islington and Clapham Junction, while the West Hampstead Thameslink railway station has a direct 7-minute service to King’s Cross St. Pancras – from here, the Eurostar links London to Paris in under 2 hours.
Several bus routes connect West Hampstead with all corners of London – hop aboard number 328 to reach the boutique lined-streets of Notting Hill, or number 89 for high street shopping at Oxford Circus. Take in London’s iconic Southbank vistas from the top of number 139.
West Hampstead’s focal point, West End Lane, is abuzz with family-friends cafés, romantic restaurants and trend-setting bars.
The Wet Fish Café is well-known across London – retro cinema posters, twinkling fairy lights and creative cuisine make this the perfect date night spot. Another local favourite is Sarracino, a rustic trattoria that transports diners to the vibrant streets of Naples.
Sink into a sumptuous leather sofa at The Alice House West Hampstead and take in the vintage-chic décor as you feast on classic British fare, or mingle on the plant-filled outdoor terrace. Nearby is The Gallery, a buzzy neighbourhood bar that offers late-night cocktails and a scrumptious Sunday roast.
Independent shops thrive on bustling West End Lane, from jewellery stores to cosy delis. Stop off at West End Lane books to browse the literary trove, or for French fashion finds, head to Claudie Perlot on Hampstead High Street. Further up on Flash Walk are the sweet scents of boutique florist, Galton Flowers.
Another West Hampstead fixture is the weekly Farmers’ Market. Every Saturday, friendly stallholders sell fresh and organise produce, ranging from tangy apple juice to grass-fed meats and fluffy, home-baked cakes. The Hampstead Butcher & Providore is another one-stop-shop for the finest charcuterie, cheese meat and wine. Here you can fill your basket with sun-blushed tomatoes, garlic-stuffed olives and marinated artichoke hearts to enjoy with a prime cut of organise, free-range lamb.
Fortune Green park is an oasis of calm nearby to The Milne Building. Just over a mile away, Hampstead Heath’s undulating expanse of woodland parkland, grassy meadows and playing fields are perfect for long, leisurely weekend walks. You’ll be treated to unparalleled views of the capital, while a dip in one of the three natural ponds is the ultimate summer refreshment.
Below West Hampstead is majestic Regent’s Park. Covering 395 acres, it features over 12,000 sweet-smelling roses and 100 species of wild birds. Also within the royal park are London Zoo and the wildly popular Open Air Theatre: on balmy summer evenings, theatregoers gather for Pimm’s and picnics before enjoying a dynamic production under a canopy of stars.