Brief history to Belsize Park
Belsize Park is one of the most fashionable places to live in Central and West London. The area gained its name from the French bel assis, meaning well situated. Situated between the cool and quirky Camden and the very elegant Primrose Hill, Belsize Park has a village feel, especially towards England's Lane with its pretty little shops, butchers and flower stalls.
The Manor of Belsize appears on records as far back as the 1300s, by the 18th Century the estate had grown to increase a number of farms and roadside houses. It became a popular destination for the nobility and was criticised in the papers for entertaining lewd behaviour and gambling.
During the London property boom of the 1800s, Belsize Park slowly became a suburb. In WWII a large underground air-raid shelter was built, its entrance can still be seen near the tube station at Downside Crescent. Sadly Belsize Park was badly bombed during this time and much of it had to be rebuilt.
Today you will find Belsize Park tree lined with stunning stucco fronted Victorian houses. It's a lively and vibrant area with many restaurants, pubs and cafes. There's a new leisure centre opened in the area and Hampstead Heath is just a few minutes' walk away.
Types of Property in Belsize Park
There are a beautiful blend of properties within Belsize Park including Victorian townhouses, stunning stucco fronted terraces, Queen Anne red brick houses and Regency style Georgian period properties. It's an incredibly attractive area that is highly desirable and sought after.
Average rental prices
Belsize Park is a truly beautiful area and this is reflective in the cost of renting, for a studio flat you will expect to pay in the region of £260.50 per week. For a one-bedroom apartment approximately £758.25 per week, and a two bedroom in the region of £1,137.50 per week.
Council Tax Banding in Belsize Park ranges from A – £888.00 to H – £2,663. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.
Who lives in Belsize Park
Belsize Park is popular with young families who are drawn to the area for its excellent schools and gorgeous green spaces. Canary Wharf and London's West End are easily accessed which is why it also attracts young professionals.
There's a real creative flair to the atmosphere with many actors and actresses opting to live in the quieter streets of Belsize Park away from the bustle of the city centre. Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Sean Bean and Jude Law to name a few are all residents.
What to do in Belsize Park
With the West End just minutes away, Belsize Park is a wonderful contrast to the thriving city centre with its independent stores and a real village atmosphere. Delicious delicatessens such as the Black Truffle Deli, Pomona and the beautiful Belsize Park Deli offer a wide range of delectable food and organic produce. Book lovers we highly recommend you pay a visit to the England Lane Books store that specialises in limited and new editions.
This part of Central and West London plays host to a wealth of fabulous restaurants, bars and gastropubs. Ginger and White is a family friendly coffee shop selling lovely artisan coffee and tea, breakfasts and are renowned for their homemade baked beans on toast. The Washington is a classic old Victorian pub or so you would think, step inside and discover its contemporary and sophisticated design with traditional ales and food with a modern twist.
Primrose Hill Park is incredibly beautiful with its outstanding views across central London. It's a favourite with local residents who during the summer months all head into the park for picnics, games or to simply just enjoy the sun.
Belsize Park has great access across the city and out to the counties. There is excellent public transport links and underground stations can be found at Belsize Park, Chalk Farm, Swiss Cottage, and Hampstead Heath.
There are frequent London Buses in and out of Central and West London.
Schools, Colleges and Universities
There is an excellent choice of schools and colleges within Belsize Park. Queens College Prep School and the Devonshire House Preparatory School are favourites with local residents. For secondary level education the Highgate Wood Secondary School and the Beachcroft School come highly recommended.
For more information on schools, colleges and universities in the area please visit our specified section here.