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This classic hotel with an excellent restaurant is in Hampstead Village, just 0.2 miles from Hampstead tube station, which is on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line, between Golders Green and Belsize Park stations, on the boundary between Travelcard Zone 2 and Zone 3. The nearest mainline railway station is Hampstead Heath station, which is 0.7 miles from the hotel. Hampstead Heath station is on the North London line of the London Overground. Westbound trains run to to Richmond and to Clapham Junction via Willesden Junction while eastbound trains go to Stratford. The area is outside the London Congestion Charge Zone for cars. Bus 210 stops near the hotel on a route between Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Archway station and Finsbury Park station.
La Gaffe, London
Hampstead is one of London’s wealthiest and loveliest areas. It is known for its intellectual, artistic, musical and literary associations and for Hampstead Heath, a large, hilly expanse of parkland. Cultural attractions in the area include Fenton House (500ft from the hotel), Burgh House (0.2 miles away), Camden Arts Centre (0.7 miles), the Freud Museum (0.8 miles), Keats House (1.0 miles) and Kenwood House (1.2 miles). The heath, which is a lovely place for a walk or a picnic, is a very short walk from La Gaffe. It has three open-air public swimming ponds - one for men, one for women and one for mixed bathing. The heath hosts open-air concerts on Saturday evenings in summer on the slopes below Kenwood House. Pentameters Theatre, which is famous for fringe productions, is 0.2 miles from the hotel. There are many traditional pubs, fine restaurants and cafes in the area as well as cinemas and it is easy to get into Central London by train.
La Gaffe originally opened as a restaurant in 1962 in a building that was once the site of a shepherd's cottage dating back to 1734. Over the years La Gaffe expanded to include the hotel and a wine bar. Today, it prides itself as being a warm, welcoming, family-run residential hotel in the heart of Hampstead Village. It offers comfortable and competitively-priced accommodation as well as delicious Italian cuisine.
The bedrooms are not large but are all very comfortable. Room types available include singles, doubles, twin rooms, a honeymoon room and a family room. Each room comes with an en-suite bathroom, television, hair dryer, tea and coffee-making facilities and a private telephone. Ironing facilities, a trouser press and a fax machine are also available on request. Staff at the hotel can look after luggage at no charge.
The hotel has a patio/terrace and conservatory, which guests can use. La Gaffe’s award-winning Italian restaurant and wine bar are open for dinner every night and for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday. Guests and visitors are equally welcome to drop into the wine bar for a casual drink or enjoy a meal in the restaurant.
La Gaffe also has an intimate room that is ideal for business meetings, interviews or training sessions. The room seats up to ten and benefits from natural daylight. It is available for hire on an hourly, half-day or daily basis. Weekend and evening bookings are also available and include tea, coffee and water; wireless internet connection and portable television with DVD facility.
The hotel staff are happy to help guests with advice about things to do and see in the area and in Central London.