Coordinates: 51°33′15″N 0°11′20″W / 51.5543°N 0.1888°W
West Hampstead is an area in north-west London, England borough of Camden, situated between Childs Hill to the north, Frognal and Hampstead to the north-east, Swiss Cottage to the east, South Hampstead to the south, Kilburn to the south-west and Cricklewood to the north-west. Until the late 19th century, the locale was a small village called West End. Modern West Hampstead emerged with the arrival of the railways, and the transformation of the area from farm land to housing estates. In 1879, the Metropolitan Railway adopted the name West Hampstead for its station on West End Lane, the main road through the area. Its motivation seemed to be to avoid confusion with the main retail area in central London, which was also known as the West End.
West Hampstead's proximity to the Metropolitan line at Finchley Road and its own Jubilee line stop (West Hampstead), together with a high concentration of bars and restaurants, means that the area is a popular leisure destination for people who live in the north-western part of London. West End Lane itself is home to a number of cafes, bakeries and small shops, creating a "village" atmosphere during the day. In addition to the aforementioned London Underground links, West Hampstead is also served by West Hampstead Overground station and West Hampstead Thameslink railway station.
West Hampstead Fire Station (2011)
- The first public library in West Hampstead was opened in 1901, but it was destroyed by a fire bomb in 1940.
- The West Hampstead Fire Station was opened in 1901 also. It is still operating, responding to over two thousand emergency calls a year. Its service area covers 12 square miles (31 km2), including Hampstead, West Hampstead, Kilburn, Cricklewood and parts of Golders Green.
Location in context 
Transport links 
Stations in West Hampstead
There are three railway stations named West Hampstead all within close proximity, as well as a number of other tube stations in the area. Numerous local bus routes also pass through the district.
West Hampstead Signal Box 
The power signal box (PSB) for the northern end of the Thameslink route is situated in Iverson Road, West Hampstead, just around the corner from the Thameslink station. The Network Rail signal box can be see from the north end of the platforms on the left. As well as being a 24hrs a day, 7 days a week operational building, it also houses engineers and acts as a base for Mobile Operation Managers (MOMs). The upper floor of this box is where the signals and operation of the railway from Farringdon/St Pancras International up as far as Sharnbrook (just north of Bedford Station) are controlled from. Also located in the signal box (in the same room as the signalling panels) is First Capital Connect's Thameslink control (or known to staff as the Service Delivery Centre aka SDC). FCC's services between London Blackfriars and Bedford are controlled from here. South of Blackfriars, FCC trains are either controlled by southeastern control (to Sevenoaks) or FCC's other SDC at Croydon (for services to Brighton and Sutton/Wimbledon). Information to do with the service status of the line, including the operation of the information screens, is also controlled from here. East Midlands Trains do not have controllers at West Hampstead however.
Famous residents 
- Chaka Khan - Grammy Award Winning Singer
- Matt Lucas - comedian and actor
- Joan Armatrading - singer & musician, lived here in her early days
- Camila Batmanghelidjh - British businesswoman, charity leader and author
- Sacha Bennett - filmmaker
- Dirk Bogarde - actor
- Jim Carter - actor. Married to Imelda Staunton
- Gus Dudgeon - record producer, lived at the King's Gardens and worked at the Decca Studios in Broadhurst Gradens
- Marina Fiorato - author
- Angela Griffin - actress and television presenter
- Doris Lessing - author
- Slash - guitarist for Velvet Revolver and former guitarist for Guns N' Roses
- Henry Spinetti - drummer and session musician, and brother of the actor Victor Spinetti lived here
- Dusty Springfield, pop singer, was born here
- Imelda Staunton - theatre and film actress
- Emma Thompson - actress, comedian, and screenwriter. Two-time Academy Award-winner
- Sophie Thompson - actress
- Johnny Vegas - actor, comedian
- Gerry Anderson - publisher, producer, director and writer, famous for his futuristic television programmes (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet)
West End Green, near the northern end of West End Lane
Shops, Library on West End Lane
West Hampstead tube station
West Hampstead London Overground station
West Hampstead Thameslink station
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