Hampstead Village has spent the last couple of centuries cultivating a reputation as a cultural hub, not only as a hive of artistic and intellectual production but as a destination for wealthy members of the intelligentsia—what is now scornfully called ‘the liberal elite’ and has also been called ‘Hampstead liberalism’ (although it has had Tory councilors since 2015).

It boasts sixty blue plaques and has more millionaires than anywhere else in the UK. It was home to Florence Nightingale—and it is where John Keats wrote ‘Ode to a Nightingale.’ The dizzying roll call of its famous residents includes such diverse greats as Stephen Fry, Sigmund Freud, Judie Dench, Agatha Christie and Benedict Cumberbatch.



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