There’s something rather romantic about Hampstead. The sleepy North London neighbourhood just seems to have a slower pace of life. Beloved by those who like to walk, the Heath is favoured by celebrities, dogs and their owners alike for its rambling paths and panoramic views. With a plethora of gastropubs and independent boutiques, it offers visitors plenty of character. Here, Culture Trip selects the best hotels to book in Hampstead and the surrounding area.
York and Albany Hotel
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The York and Albany offers comfortable rooms near Regent’s Park | Courtesy of York and Albany Hotel / Booking.com
In nearby Camden, this hotel presides over the celebrity Gordon Ramsay’s famous gastropub – a hugely popular watering hole that serves up everything from afternoon tea to brunch to classic pub fare. The bedrooms are gloriously lavish, and the decor showcases the building’s Georgian features with thoughtful touches such as GHD hair straighteners and Sky box. Don’t get too comfortable, though. With Regent’s Park across the road, and both Camden Town station and London Zoo within a 10-minute walk, this hotel is in prime position for going on adventures in Central London.
East Asian style and a minimalist design approach give the Haverstock Hotel a distinct sense of serenity. Nestled between Primrose Hill and Belsize Park, it enjoys a location between two of North London’s most affluent areas. Pastel-painted boutiques and rustic independent cafés line the streets surrounding it, making the whole area feel like a village rather than a thriving inner London neighbourhood.
Though the direct translation of la gaffe from Italian to English is ‘the mistake’, this family-run Italian spot is anything but, offering authentic food and accommodation to its loyal clientele. Rooms are simple but comfortable with a cosy colour scheme of red and bronze. Budget-friendly and convenient, this small hotel on Heath Street offers a variety of room options, from singles and doubles to family-size ones.
The bedrooms at the Clayton Crown Hotel have a corporate feel, but areas such as the light-filled, conservatory-style lobby and the indoor swimming pool add a sense of luxury to the place. Located just up the road from Hampstead in Cricklewood, the hotel offers a rare chance for peace and quiet and is a great spot for those wishing to visit Brent Cross Shopping Centre, just a 20-minute walk away.
Brightly coloured and newly refurbished, the Windmill Hotel is something of an institution in Hampstead and is renowned for its warm hospitality and buzzing atmosphere. Dotted around the parquet-floored bar, you’ll find plenty of chintz-style armchairs to relax in over a glass of wine, and up in the simply furnished bedrooms there’s plenty of light. It has the kind of warmth and ease that you’d expect to feel in a gastropub, making the Windmill Hotel the kind of cosy haven you’ll long to return to after a winter’s day in London. Visiting in summer? There’s an excellent beer garden, too.