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Gospel Oak London Guide

15 February 2021 Simon Banks Read time: 3 min
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Often overlooked for nearby Hampstead, Gospel Oak is a hidden gem with plenty going for it. For starters, it's just a short stroll to Hampstead Heath, and there's plenty of modernist architecture to admire in the area too. 

An Overground line provides excellent travel links, while nearby areas include Kentish Town, Camden and Belsize Park. Plus, there's a selection of great schools for families. 

But what's it really like to live in Gospel Oak? In this London guide, we're spending some time in the NW3 postcode and bringing you everything there is to know about this stylish neighbourhood in North London. 

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Gospel Oak is located in North West London. It falls under the London Borough of Camden, shares an NW3 postcode with Hampstead and Belsize Park and is around four-and-a-half miles to Charing Cross. 

History

The name Gospel Oak comes from a tree where prominent figures are believed to have preached; names include St Augustine, Edward the Confessor, John Wesley and even St Paul. The tree was also used to mark the boundary between the parishes of Hampstead and St. Pancras. 

In the 19th century, the area's popularity increased significantly after a railway station was constructed. However, the extended building work left little to no room for green areas as local parks. 

By the mid 20th century, Gospel Oak had lost much of its desirability and was rebuilt with low-rise council flats in the 60s and 70s. Over the last 15 years, the area has grown to become a popular London neighbourhood with regeneration bringing a new lease of life to Gospel Oak.    

Who lives there?

Compared to nearby neighbourhoods, Gospel Oak is relatively small and has a population of around 10,000. The median age is 38, and 68% of residents rent their home. Many renters in Gospel Oak are either professional couples and young families. 

Renting in Gospel Oak

Expect to find many tree-lined streets in Gospel Oak, especially in the Mansfield conservation area. There are lots of Victorian and Edwardian houses yet to be converted into apartments.

Other parts of Gospel Oak include social housing developments designed by modernist architects. These properties have left their mark on the area, and many of them have since been privatised and are available to rent. 

Expect to pay around £1,450 per month for a one-bedroom home in Gospel Oak. Two-bedroom apartments go on the market for around £1,600 per month, while three-bedroom houses rent for £2,000 per month

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Gospel Oak travel

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Gospel Oak Overground station has two primary routes, one on the Barking line; the other going to Highbury & Islington. There's also a local bus network that includes the 24 with its services to Hampstead, Camden, Tottenham Court Road Trafalgar Square and Victoria. Gospel Oak is Zone 2. 

Gospel Oak eateries 

Ravel's Bistro

Sample the local neighbourhood bistro and tuck into a range of dishes, from European to Mediterranean cuisines. Ravel's Bistro snug little joint is the perfect spot for a Sunday afternoon bite.

Bistro Laz

Head to this vibrant eatery and enjoy a mix of Turkish and Italian dishes. Bistro Laz is a great example of a restaurant that lends itself to the local community with international cuisine.

The Bull and Last

Head to The Bull and Last for a stylish gastropub serving up a range of dishes. From traditional pub grub to upmarket meals, The Bull and Last is the place to be for tasty food and great ales. 

Things to do in Gospel Oak

Hampstead Heath

Explore 790 acres of open space at Hampstead Heath. Wander around and enjoy local nature in the form of meadows, rolling hills, swimming ponds and much more. This is a top-notch spot to laze the day away in the capital. 

Camden nightlife

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With Camden just a hop and skip away you can take advantage of its world-class nightlife. From dingy bars to all-night clubs, Camden attracts millions of people each year, and it's right on your doorstep. 

Parliament Hill Lido

Head to Parliament Hill during the warmer months and take a dip in the local lido. It offers the perfect escape from London's hustle and bustle, while Parliament Hill park has some of the best views in the capital. 

Moving to Gospel Oak

Hampstead and Camden make all the news, but Gospel Oak is happy being a low-key neighbourhood with great homes, excellent travel links and a strong sense of community. If you're looking for North London living, then Gospel Oak should be right at the top of your list. 

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