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  • Hampstead

    Village hall

    The old community centre has been turned into a vegetable market. 0/10

    Hampstead room with a view

    Cricket pitch

    No pitch, but there is a team that trains in West Hampstead. 3/10

    Village green

    The heath doesn’t really count as it’s too big. In the past there was a village green at the top of the hill at White Stone Pond, where a shallow pond was built to water horses on their way up the hill. 2/10

    Local pub

    A dying breed but the olde-worlde Holly Bush (22 Holly Mount, NW3, 020 7435 2892), the Flask (14 Flask Walk, NW3, 020 7435 4580) and William IV (77 Hampstead High Street, NW3, 020 7435 5747) cling on. 8/10

    Post office

    There’s a good one on the High Street. 8/10


    The eighteenth-century St John’s in Church Row is the parish church – it gets bonus points because the spire is at the wrong end. 10/10

    Local bobby

    There’s a police station on the High Street and Sergeant Steve Pepper leads the Hampstead team. The local bobby and community wardens are often seen out and about. 6/10

    Annual fête

    The Gayton Road festival is held every September, there’s a funfair on the Vale of Health every summer, and another fair in South End Green. There used to be barrel-racing on the heath. 9/10

    Village idiot

    Rainbow George is one of London’s greatest eccentrics. A friend of Peter Cook, in 2005 he ran an unprecedented political campaign, simultaneously standing in 12 constituencies during the general election. 9/10

    Village people

    It has a reputation for bohemians, artists and writers, though Hampstead is now home to City high-fliers, bankers and ladies who lunch. 4/10

    Local's verdict

    ‘Hampstead’s great. Highgate is just a miniature M25.’ James Judge, Hampstead residentTotal 59/100

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