Although a less well-known area of northwest London, Belsize Park still manages to enjoy all the benefits of its more famous neighbours. Even guests staying in Belsize Park short term accommodation will quickly realise the attractive qualities of this Camden district.
Surrounded by exclusive neighbourhoods populated by the extremely wealthy, Belsize Park just (not-so) quietly gets on with being a nice part of northwest London. While being a good area for families, this little district is also just a few miles from the capital’s centre. It makes for a great option for business travellers staying longer in London who can benefit from our range of available Belsize Park furnished housing.
Belonging to the Greater London county and the smaller Borough of Camden, Belsize Park has a population of around 12,000. The area’s boundaries appear undetermined, but maps of Belsize Park tend to suggest the area stretches southwards as far as Prince of Wales Road, northwards to Lismore Circus Park, westwards as far as Parkhill Road, and eastwards no further than Grafton Road. Despite the area’s small size, Belsize Park does have its own underground station on the Northern Line. London Overground services, however, can be accessed from the nearby Hampstead Heath station.
Belsize Park is leafy enough, but for those who need a proper expanse of green space or private garden, then there are options both to the north, with Hampstead Heath, and the also to the south, where Primrose Hill Park adjoins Regents Park.
Although Belsize Park is not recognised for its economic qualities and business climate, the area does possess the strengths of a typical London neighbourhood, combined with its own distinctive merits. For example, Belsize Park boasts the lowest crime rate in Camden, making it amongst the safest places in London to visit. 98% of residents here also have easy access to an open green space or park from their homes.
Combine stats such as these with the wealthy nature of Belsize Park's community and it is not hard to see the potential to enjoy a fulfilling corporate lifestyle here. After all, the percentage of the Belsize Park population who are economically active and the average annual household income in the area are both higher than the same statistics representing the whole of Camden.
Belsize Park can of course also act as a destination to commute from. Whether you are on a short business trip or are working for an extended period within Camden or across London, Belsize Park corporate housing can be a great place for corporates to base themselves. Camden, a world-class centre for business growth, is on the doorstep of those in Belsize Park. Camden's transport facilities are numerous, and the likes of Chalk Farm, King’s Cross, Camden Town and Hampstead within the borough are all proving to be London destinations capable of maintaining a positive business climate. This is evident seeing as in 2018 the number of business start-ups across Camden increased by 25%.
Whether corporates are commuting from Belsize Park to a location close by or wish to make the most of the positive business climate within the London neighbourhood, Belsize Park corporate accommodation is the best option for guests looking to make the most of their time in the area.
The name Belsize derives from the French words ‘bel assis’, meaning ‘beautifully situated’. It was not until the fourteenth century though that the area was first recorded in English history as a sub-manor to the larger Manor of Hampstead. At this point, the land was still not identified as Belsize Park. This came in the seventeenth century after the manor house, which was given the name ‘Belsize Park’, was built and stood as the main property on the estate. However, at this time, this was not that impressive as there were only three properties on the land.
In the following centuries, this did change though as developments began. With this expansion came the more common use of the name ‘Belsize Village’ in the nineteenth century. It is still used to this day. During this time, mid-Victorian developer Daniel Tidey was leading the construction of new infrastructure and buildings in the area. It was these developments that are often given credit for the distinctive character of Belsize Park that continues to live on. This development including the construction of five-storey stuccoed houses, and was considered the ‘first stage’ of Belsize Park’s development.
This opened the doors for flats to be built in Belsize Park, as well as the local tube station in 1907. At first, properties appeared a relatively cheap alternative compared to those at Hampstead. Recent times, however, has seen home prices in the millions seem like normality. For an insight into the exclusive character the area possesses, derived from its past, book a stay in one of our ideally located Belsize Park aparthotels.
Under what Google Maps defines as the boundaries of Belsize Park, there are not many renowned attractions that receive the same recognition as some of London’s most popular tourist sites. However, there are a variety of places to eat out. This ranges from Italian and Asian-inspired cuisine to friendly coffee shops and bakeries, as well as some classic Victorian pubs. For shopping, Belsize Park is blessed with a large number of independent and, at times, quirky shops. They help to give parts of the area a real small town/village feel. The eclectic Camden Market is also well worth visiting as a marketplace unlike any other in the capital.
The most notable things to do around the area include the Freud Museum and the nearby Hampstead Theatre. Just a twenty-minute walk from the centre of Belsize Park, the Freud Museum showcases the final home of the famous neurologist Sigmund Freud. Visitors can explore the world of psychoanalysis, as well as gain insight into the personal life of the Austrian neurologist.
The Hampstead Theatre, on the other hand, just outside Swiss Cottage station, is a venue where crowds can spectate some of the United Kingdom's best upcoming talents and writers who look to make it to the West End. The theatre truly is state-of-the-art and acts as an invaluable base for talent exposure.
To be within the close vicinity of all the attractions mentioned, as well as the range of eaterie and shopping options in the area, look no further then booking stays in our open plan Belsize Park temporary housing.
All in all Belsize Park punches a bigger punch then its size suggests. Staying in bright and spacious Belsize Park serviced apartments means having access to a prosperous business climate and community, as well as being based in commuter hotspot surrounded by other affluent London districts. And yes, this is northwest London, so there is every chance of spotting the odd celebrity, too.
Visitors to Belsize Park can take pleasure from the knowledge that they are no further than an hours car journey from two of London’s major international airports. London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is twenty miles west of Belsize Park, whilst London City Airport (LCY) is twelve miles to the west.
Even guests in our Belsize Park short term accommodation could potentially have taxi transfers arranged to-and-from either of these airports if they deem necessary.
Managed by London Underground, Belsize Park Station is unsurprisingly the main underground station of Belsize Park, acting as a stop along the Northern Line between Hampstead and Chalk Farm stations.
Our Belsize Park serviced apartments can place guests within walking distance of this underground station, as well as others nearby such as; Hampstead, Finchley Road, Swiss Cottage, Chalk Farm and Kentish Town.
There are railway stations dotted around the Belsize Park area but none designated to the area itself. These include Hampstead Heath, Gospel Oak, Kentish Town West, Camden Road, and Finchley Road.
Each of these train stations functions as part of the London Overground network, along the North Lond Line, and enable easy railway transportation to many other areas across the capital.
There are only a few bus routes that pass through the small Belsize Park. These services (168, 268, C11 and N5) all enable travel to-and-from Belsize Park to the likes of Holborn, Euston, Hampstead Heath, Camden Town and Trafalgar Square.
Each of these bus services are operated by Metroline Travel. Visit their website for information on schedules, tickets and routes.