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Taxi driver's guide to Hampstead

Alleged to home more millionaires than anywhere else in Britain, Hampstead is often regarded as a rather exclusive corner of north London. And like a lot of things here, Hampstead taxi fares can cost a lot. But follow our handy guide – and maybe even book one of our great minicabs – and we can help you swerve those extra costs with our insider’s look into the very best Hampstead has to offer. London – north London in particular – is often derided as being a place bereft of green spaces. A city so crowded it can never compete with the bucolic calm of the great British countryside. Outsiders assume that it’s nothing more than a noisy, grey, toxic nightmare of concrete and steel. A place they’d rather not be. But in a city of 8.5m people that covers some 1,572 km², it’s dangerous to make assumptions. Feeling a little like you’ve stepped out of the madness and into a sublime Georgian fantasy, Hampstead sits at the northern tip of the great London borough of Camden. In fact, one of its greatest attributes is – contrary to popular belief – accessibility. The Northern line can take you from Kings Cross or Camden Town to Hampstead station in just under ten minutes. And in return for this short journey, the rewards are ample. You’ll find an area alive with charm and brimming with rural charisma. Centring around the enormous Hampstead Heath, this is an area which has long thrived on its own innate beauty. Poets, writers and artists have mused over it and drawn considerable inspiration from it. How many places can count such artistic ingenues as Keats, Constable, Hendrix and the Rolling Stones among its former residents? Once famous as a spa town and for the cleansing qualities of its water, today Hampstead offers a different kind of healing. The kind that’ll make you never want to leave. For all the best clues on how to make the most of this stunning area, follow our Hampstead taxi driver’s guide to the best pubs, restaurants and attractions in NW3. Trust us, you’re going to thank us for it later.

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