West Hampstead used to be known as the West End prior to the arrival of the railways. Once the railways were constructed the area went from farming to housing; the West Hampstead name come from the railways when they named the station West Hampstead instead of West End in order to avoid confusion. There is a high concentration of bars and restaurants in the area making it a popular spot for an active nightlife. This is definitely something not to miss if you are interested in experiencing the London night scene. There are also a large number of small shops, cafes and bakeries to be found in this area. This brings in a high level of local flavor making it a great place to mingle with London residents while still maintaining the more rural atmosphere.
The area is also one of the best-serviced areas as regards public transport. There is the tube at West Hampstead tube station and Finchley Road Station. There is the Capital Connect and the Overground as well as three regular bus routes. West Hampstead is also the home of Decca Records. If you are looking for an interesting dining experience, West End Lane, in West Hampstead offers a Sri Lankan restaurant. Kilburn Road offers a picture of the past with a restaurant called Little Bay as well as an various brand stores to round off the shopping experience and which offer just about everything you might need.