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To ask is West Hampstead in London a rough scary place to live like Tottenham?

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wanderingsole Sun 05-Feb-17 15:34:46

Went to view a flat there yesterday, on the ground floor at the front of the building so at a higher risk for robberies.

The whole area just didn't feel that nice, I was expecting it to feel much nicer but it reminded me of Tottenham. Am I just jumping to conclusions? Is it a safe part of the city?

CruCru Sun 05-Feb-17 15:36:35

West Hampstead is pretty smart these days. Often the area of choice for people who want to send their kids to the Hampstead prep schools (think it's only one stop to Finchley Road and Frognal on the Overground).

user1471446905 Sun 05-Feb-17 15:37:22

No west hampstead is not remotely like Tottenham!

ambereeree Sun 05-Feb-17 15:38:42

Ha! Quite the opposite. A lovely place to live.

JayzuzMaryJoseph Sun 05-Feb-17 15:39:29

Nothing like Tottenham. Although...when you say 'West Hampstead' - which road? Estate agents have been marketing Kilburn and Cricklewood as W.Hampstead for years...although again, neither is anything like good old Tottenham grin. Kilburn a bit edgier at night, but only because there are some decent pubs on the High Road about which attract young folk.

wanderingsole Sun 05-Feb-17 15:40:35

User, what makes you say that? I appreciate I don't know the area but curious? There was a gang of teenage youths who whooped and shouted at me in the street - just teenage nonsense but still not pleasant - and loads of litter, they're the two things stuck in my mind.

Cru was it once considered rougher than now then?

Sorry, as I say I don't know the area.

underneaththeash Sun 05-Feb-17 15:40:56

I'd also be wary about the road. I lived in West Hampstead for years and felt very safe there, but didn't in Kilburn.

juniorcakeoff Sun 05-Feb-17 15:41:25

Tottenham is not a rough scary place. It is like everywhere normal in London, with good bits and bad bits. West hampstead is a bit of a made up place with wanky little coffee shops. And a large part of what was historically Kilburn is now called w hampstead. Congratulations Foxtons.

Claxonia Sun 05-Feb-17 15:42:28

It is pretty nice and will be even more so when the building work around the station is finished.

CruCru Sun 05-Feb-17 15:42:37

It's also only a couple of stops to Swiss Cottage and St John's Wood.

wanderingsole Sun 05-Feb-17 15:43:10

Hmm don't remember name of road, it's on a piece of paper in my coat pocket. It was about half a mile from the West Hampstead tube though?

I think when I viewed it on a map earlier it was about a mile away from Kilburn.

AlrightChuck Sun 05-Feb-17 15:43:37

Was it Kilburn pretending to be West Hampstead?

WH has a shop selling frozen food ready made - not Iceland or M&S but directly made by London's finest chefs apparently hmm

Definitely posh!

JayzuzMaryJoseph Sun 05-Feb-17 15:44:37

Actual West Hampstead proper - ie. the roads off West End Lane and leading up to Finchley Road - are expensive and pretty nice. There is a decent cafe culture around there and its not rough at all - although its inner London, so obviously you exercise caution at night and want to take decent security measures.

AlrightChuck Sun 05-Feb-17 15:44:45

I actually prefer Kilburn btw, it's real London although that is changing.

pikapoo Sun 05-Feb-17 15:44:59

Agreed with PP about being careful of exact road. The character of the area turns quickly depending on whether it falls in W Hampstead or Kilburn.

CruCru Sun 05-Feb-17 15:45:10

It probably was once considered rougher - a bit like Islington (where I live).

There isn't any area of London where you definitely won't get groups of teenagers hanging around. We definitely have them in Islington and my old nanny said thatNotting Hill used to have a real gang problem.

JayzuzMaryJoseph Sun 05-Feb-17 15:45:17

Estate agents have been branding Kilburn and Cricklewood 'West Hampstead' since the 1980s. Its not new. grin

wanderingsole Sun 05-Feb-17 15:45:24

It's Sumatra Road! If that means anything to anyone!

tovelitime Sun 05-Feb-17 15:45:31

If it's Kilburn it's better than Tottenham but on the rough side. If it's West Hampstead proper it's one of the most desirable parts of NW London and absolutely not even on the same planet as Tottenham

spidey66 Sun 05-Feb-17 15:46:32

Yeah West Hampstead is just Kilburn with a fancy name and prices to go with it.

I live close to Tottenham, there a lot of regeneration going on there. In 5 years time people will be asking 'Is Tottenham scary, you know like West Hampstead?

JayzuzMaryJoseph Sun 05-Feb-17 15:46:41

Sumatra Road is West Hampstead proper. Its a nice area. The police station is a 5 minute walk grin wink.

underneaththeash Sun 05-Feb-17 15:48:34

Yes great road, we lived just round the corner for over 10 years and its a lovely safe area.

JayzuzMaryJoseph Sun 05-Feb-17 15:48:46

Promise you...Sumatra Road is a world away from Totts (which I do love a soft spot for...but honestly...nothing like it).

AndShesGone Sun 05-Feb-17 15:49:15

577 square feet for £550,000

It's posh as fuck.

tovelitime Sun 05-Feb-17 15:50:45

Ok so Sumatra road, depends which end, the W Hampstead end is still nice but it does get rougher at the other end but still nothing like Tottenham. It's quite a desirable address. The other side of West End Lane, the roads linking to Finchley Road are better but Sumatra road is a good address

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