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Swiss Cottage – Area Guide

Swiss Cottage

With its enviable location nestled between South Hampstead and St John’s Wood, close to Belsize Park and Primrose Hill and a pleasant stroll away from Regent’s Park, it is no wonder that Swiss Cottage has become one of North West London’s most prime locations.

Swiss Cottage may seem like an unusual name for a district of London, but there is an intriguing story behind it. Back in 1804 an inn was built in the area in the style of a Swiss chalet. It was erected on a former tollgate keeper’s cottage and originally named the Swiss Tavern, before being renamed Swiss Cottage. The iconic Ye Olde Swiss Cottage is still an endearing centre point of the area’s history and social scene and the crux of the cheerful charm that Swiss Cottage is renowned for.

Falling under the London Borough of Camden, Swiss Cottage is part of the also highly sought-after area of Hampstead and is centred on the junction of Finchley Road and Avenue Road both of which offer a wealth of shopping and leisure opportunities.


Property in Swiss Cottage

Away from the main streets of Swiss Cottage you will find pockets of beautiful properties, including the much in-demand mansions of Primrose Hill, many of which have been converted into exceptional quality apartments with the exterior of the buildings still sporting the appealing original architectural features.

Demand is high for modern flat conversions in the period buildings around the likes of College Crescent and there is a good selection of purpose built blocks on Finchley Road, Hilgrove Road and Boundary Road offering entry level opportunities.

Schools in Swiss Cottage

Swiss Cottage falls under Camden’s local education authority which boasts a number of highly regarded pre-schools and primary and secondary schools as well as further education colleges.

Things to do and see in Swiss Cottage

There is a real community feel to Swiss Cottage and an array of cultural events, societies and clubs do well to cement this. The charming history of the area is also one of its greatest attractions.

Eating and Drinking: The café culture is very much alive and well in Swiss Cottage and foodies can indulge in everything from Thai, Japanese, Iranian and Middle Eastern to Brazilian and Italian cuisine courtesy of an array of friendly independent eateries. The Ye Olde Swiss Cottage is the focal point of the bar scene but there are plenty more besides including La Voss, AMBAR, The House Bar and Chats Bar, all of them within walking distance of Swiss Cottage station.

Shopping: The O2 Centre on Finchley Road is a prime spot for avid shoppers, packed to the brim with a vast array of well-known outlets, as well as a cinema and leisure facilities. Hampstead is an area known for its boutiques and of course the lure of nearby Central London often proves strong for those seeking a higher degree of retail therapy.

Attractions and Amenities: The Swiss Cottage farmers’ market on Eton Avenue attracts visitors from the length and breadth of London. Open every Wednesday from 10am to 3pm, there is a wide range of fresh produce to tempt the discerning palate. The Grade II listed Swiss Cottage Central Library is one of the area’s most important landmarks, and culture enthusiasts are well catered for courtesy of the Hampstead Theatre and the Odeon Cinema which is housed behind a grand Art Deco façade.

Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy walking and cycling in the many nearby open green areas around Belsize Park and Hampstead Heath and the renowned Regent’s Park is within walking distance boasting over 400 acres of stunning grounds including boating lakes, beautiful rose gardens and Central London’s largest outdoor sports centre.

Swiss Cottage Transport

Swiss Cottage has its own London Underground station on the Jubilee Line and Finchley Road station on the same line is also within walking distance. The London Overground stops at Finchley Road & Frognal connecting the area to Richmond, Clapham Junction and Stratford. As many as 9 bus routes serve the district and the A41 links Swiss Cottage to the rest of London by road.

If you are interested in renting, buying or selling property in Swiss Cottage, the experts at Excel Property Services can help. Based in Hampstead just a stone’s throw from Swiss Cottage, and with over 20 years of local area expertise and knowledge, we are very well placed to provide you with the advice you need to make the right choices.

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