London Through the Looking Glass: A Bit of Fun in Belsize Park

Based in the London Borough of Camden, Belsize Park is an often overlooked but must-see part of London. It’s name doesn’t derive from the size of bells in parks, no, it comes from the French bel assis, meaning ‘well-situated’. This name appears in records as far back as the 1300s, as the Manor of Belsize, and by the 18th century the estate had grown to include a host of farms and houses alongside the main house.

Today it’s a leafy yet cosmopolitan spot that lies smack bang between rocking Camden and well-to- do Primrose Hill. And there’s a tube. And you must use it – otherwise, you’re missing out and you’re a plonker (Rodney).

If you’re out and about in or around Belsize Park, make sure you pay a visit to these gems…

Ginger and White

If you want to kick your day off right, get your caffeine fix at Belsize Park’s artisanal Ginger and White. Boasting blinding lattes, homely interiors and breakfast classics including soft boiled eggs & white buttered soldiers and homemade beans on toast, you simply can’t go wrong.

Freud Museum

Bet you didn’t know about that. Well, you do now. A short, scenic stroll from Belsize Park, the rather grand looking Freud Museum celebrates the inner workings of Sigmund Freud’s ground- breaking and somewhat bizarre brain. This intriguing place will have you in a spin from start to finish and one thing’s for sure; you won’t forget it.

Primrose Hill

Okay, Primrose Hill isn’t officially in Belsize Park, but it’s incredibly close, and you have to go there. Climb the emerald bank, pull up a pew and explore the wonders of the London skyline.

It’s pretty special so heading up there is a must – and afterwards, a walk through the high street will make you feel like you’re a classic British film set.

Chez Bob

Part Parisian bistro, part American steakhouse, Chez Bob is a hit among locals and visitors alike – and the food will knock your socks off. Take a seat inside the quirky dining room or outside on the terrace and tuck into the restaurant’s iconic steak frites or mussels with cider and Armagnac. The perfect pay off for a hard day’s sightseeing.

The Sir Richard Steele

This venue is without even a morsel of doubt, one of the best boozers in the Chalk Farm-Belsize Park area. Not only does Steele’s (as locals call it) host regular themed music nights and live entertainment, but it’s lively, packed with character and sports the perfect mix of old and new.

Grab a cocktail, sip down a gin, quaff a glass of wine or guzzle down some of the best local craft and cask ales in town. You’ll have a great time here – and that’s a guarantee.

 

Belsize Park is one of London’s most interesting spots and one worth exploring. Spend a day here and there’s little doubt you’ll want to go back again, and again, and again. Do you like Belsize Park? Want to share a few tips of your own with the ABC community? Drop us a line or tell your story on our Twitter page.