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Prime Location Belsize Park Area Guide

Taking its name from the French ‘bel assis’, or ‘beautifully situated’, Belsize Park really does deliver on its name. Located in the borough of Camden in the North West of London, the area is within easy access of Central London but is also within walking distance of Hampstead Heath.

Its celebrity residents include Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin and his wife Gwyneth Paltrow as well as Jude Law, Kate Moss and several others. But this desirable and fashionable part of the capital attracts far more than just celebrity residents. From the bustling Haverstock Hill and England’s Lane to the tree lined residential streets of the Crofts and the Stuccos, Belsize Park has a much higher population density than the London average.

Demographics

Belsize Park is an affluent area that attracts professionals and relatively high earners. The ward of Belsize has a population, according to the 2011 census, of 12,702. It’s a relatively diverse area. 72% of residents are white (43.6% being white British) with a number of ethnic minorities living in the area.

Its population profile is very much in line with an affluent area. 58% of over 16s living in Belsize Park are educated to at least Degree Level. With that in mind, it’s not surprising to find that around a third of the working population are in management or director roles and, compared to the national unemployment rate of 7.7%, Belsize Parks’ unemployment rate of under 3% is healthy.

Education

Belsize Park sits in the Local Education Authority of Camden. 59% of Camden’s GCSE students achieved at least 5 grade C or better results in 2012, just marginally under the national average of 59.4%. However, there are schools within immediate reach of Belsize Park that significantly outperform national averages. 75% of the Royal School of Hampstead’s GCSE pupils and 100% of South Hampstead High School’s pupils achieved 5 C grades or better.

There are four independent sixth form and further education providers within easy access of Belsize Park.

Transport

Belsize Park tube station can be found on Haverstock Hill and sits on the Northern Line. Chalk Farm tube station is less than a mile’s walk from there. There are also a dozen or so bus services that run in and around Belsize Park to other parts of the capital.

Hampstead Heath is the nearest train station, where you can get trains to other parts of the capital. For national services, Euston station is 9 minutes away on the Northern Line and from there you can reach most other major cities. In terms of international travel, the nearest airport to Belsize Park is London City Airport, which is around 10 miles away. Heathrow is around 13 miles away. Belsize Park is easy to get to by road as well, though parking in the area itself is fairly sparse.

Amenities and shopping

Most of the shops, restaurants and leisure facilities are located on Haverstock Hill and England’s Lane. There are a number of independent retailers and boutiques, particularly on England’s Lane. Shops include fashion retailers, health shops and gift shops. Belsize Park is also within very easy reach of Camden Town for those looking for a more bustling shopping area.

Haverstock Hill is where you’ll find Belsize Park’s Everyman Cinema, showcasing the latest releases. It’s also home to dozens of eateries and pubs including Indian restaurants, pizzerias, Spanish, Greek and Chinese restaurants, as well as fish and chip shops and pubs.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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