Gospel Oak is a residential neighbourhood close to Camden Town, Kentish Town, and Hampstead Heath. Buying, selling, and renting homes and flats in Gospel Oak have become very popular because house prices are generally cheaper than the surrounding areas. There are fine examples of Victorian terraced houses and Edwardian mansions in Gospel Oak as well as many modern estates from the 60s and 70s.
Apart from the availability of affordable housing in Gospel Oak, the close transport links to central London make this the ideal location for City workers. Overground rail network provides a fast commute to the city centre and there are nearby Tube stations on the Jubilee line and Thameslink. There are also plenty of open green areas in and near Gospel Oak to relax in – for example, Parliament Hill Fields and Hampstead Heath.
Recent regeneration of the area has seen a boom in the local property market. With property prices more competitive than other areas of London, it’s not hard to see why many choose to live in Gospel Oak.
What is it like for local residents in Gospel Oak? Here is a short area guide to this NW5 postcode area of North West London.
Interesting facts about Gospel Oak
- The name comes from a local oak tree where it is said, people used to gather to hear Methodism founder John Wesley preach the Gospel.
- Gospel Oak has featured in the long-running soap EastEnders and is featured on Sinead O’Connor’s EP called “Gospel Oak”.
- Famous current and previous residents include Michael Palin, Alastair Campbell, George Orwell, and Jerome K Jerome.
Properties in Gospel Oak
The best properties in Gospel Oak are found in the Mansfield Conservation area, Oak Village, Parliament Hill, Mansfield Road, and Glenhurst Avenue. There you can find many terraced townhouses from the Victorian era as well as red brick Edwardian properties.
Gospel Oak attracts mostly families and professional couples who need to be close to the city centre but in close proximity to good schools and open spaces.
There are also new build developments that have affordable one, two, and three-bedroom flats for sale or rent.
Gospel Oak is well connected to central London via the Overground network with connections on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line. From there, many commuters can connect to the Tube network. Depending on where live in Gospel Oak, you can walk to Chalk Farm or Kentish Town stations.
There are also well-connected bus services that provide frequent services for commuters and professionals working in the City.
One of the beauties of living in Gospel Oak is that you are very close to large green areas. Gospel Oak is on the southern edge of Hampstead Heath. This 320-hectare park is one of the highest points in London and has woodlands, ponds, and leisure facilities.
An attraction of Hampstead Heath is Parliament Hill which is popular with walkers, joggers, and kite flyers.
What’s to do in Gospel Oak
There is plenty to do in Gospel Oak when it comes to enjoying an evening out with friends and family.
Highgate Road has a number of stylish chic restaurants offering locals and visitors high-end dining experiences. There are many gastropubs in Gospel Oak serving classic pub fare in an upmarket setting. For example, many frequent The Southampton Arms or the Bull and Last – both of which are famous for their range of beers, ciders, and fine food.
There are also restaurants and cafes serving tasty food from all over the world including Polish food, Italian cuisine, Asian food, and street burgers.
Gospel Oak schools
Families have a great choice of schools offering high-quality education for primary and secondary age pupils.
All of the 4 primary schools in Gospel Oak have at least a “good” rating by Ofsted. The Gospel Oak in Mansfield School has received a rating of “outstanding” and is a popular choice for many families.
There is also an equally good choice of schools offering comprehensive education for 11 to 18-yr olds. The William Ellis comprehensive, Parliament Hill, and La Sainte Union all have “good” ratings by Ofsted.
Local amenities in Gospel Oak
Gospel Park is famous for its quaint independent shops that are found mainly on Highgate Road and Oak Village. Twice a week, Queen’s Crescent is home to a local market selling a variety of fresh local produce and beyond.
Although there are no large shopping centres in Gospel Oak, there is a wide range of local shops on Malden Road and Mansfield Road. However, the lack of large high street shops and brands all adds to the village-like appeal of this North West London area.