This vibrant part of London gets its name from a pub, originally built in the mid-19th century as The Swiss Tavern, a name coined to celebrate Britain’s new found passion for the Alps and everything Swiss. As a coaching inn it not only served beer to travellers coming in and out of London but also housed a dairy selling milk and cheese!
This historic hostelry - renamed Ye Olde Swiss Cottage – survives up to the present time, but these days the chalet-style building provides a marked contrast with the thriving urban hub that has grown up around it. Swiss Cottage is a relatively small area, squeezed between Belsize Park, Hampstead and St John’s Wood, but one that nevertheless buzzes with energy and life.
The area offers a leisure centre with a gym and swimming pool, a library, a cinema and shopping centre, not to mention a famous theatre venue (the acclaimed Hampstead Theatre). There’s further retail therapy to be enjoyed in the parade of local shops that line the Finchley Road, and you’ll find a number of cafes and restaurants here as well.
For lovers of green, open spaces access to Regents’ Park is just two miles away. Cricket fans will relish the area’s proximity to Lords Cricket Ground in neighbouring St John’s Wood.
Property profile for Swiss Cottage
Swiss Cottage has an eclectic mix of architectural styles, including 1930s mansion blocks, white stucco Edwardian mansions, 1960s high rise and low rise developments and gleaming contemporary office buildings. You’ll also find attractive Victorian terraces rubbing shoulders with luxury duplex apartment blocks like Melrose Apartments in Winchester Road.
Swiss Cottage Schools
Swiss Cottage residents can choose between a wide range of top-rated private and secondary schools located in the Hampstead area. There are also good primary and secondary state run schools.
The Swiss Cottage School (Development and Research Centre) is a state run primary school rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, while independent school The Phoenix School is rated ‘Good’. Private schools in the wider area include Devonshire House, St Anthony’s Preparatory School, The Academy School, Heathside Preparatory School, Lyndhurst House, The Marie Montessori School, Hereward House, Kerem School, Hampstead Hill School, St Christopher’s School, The North Bridge School, St Mary’s School, Southbank International and The Hall Preparatory School.
The Swiss Cottage School (Development and Research Centre) is a state run secondary school rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, while private secondary schools in the wider area include the Trevor Roberts School, the Hall School, South Hampstead High School, King Alfred Boys’ School, North Bridge House School, St Margaret’s School and University College School.
Why live in Swiss Cottage?
- Less than 10 mins by tube to Central London.
- A vibrant urban centre with leisure activities and shopping.
- At the epicentre of trendy north west London life.
- Close to Hampstead’s excellent private schools.
Swiss Cottage Attractions
- Local leisure centre with swimming pools and gym.
- Iconic library designed by Sir Basil Spence.
- Historic Swiss Cottage pub.
- Hampstead Theatre.
- O2 Centre with cinema, restaurants and shopping centre.
- 2 miles to Regent’s Park and Little Venice.
- A short journey to the Belsize Park’s cosmopolitan bars, cafes and restaurants.
- Access to Hampstead’s excellent private schools.
- Lords Cricket Ground is just two miles away.
Getting around in Swiss Cottage
Swiss Cottage station is on the Jubilee line and it is also served by many bus routes including the 13, 31, 46, 82, 113, 187, 268 and 603.
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