West Hampstead is an area in the London Borough of Camden in north-west London, England, mainly defined by the railway stations of the same name. It is situated between Childs Hill to the north, Frognal and Hampstead to the north-east, Swiss Cottage to the east, South Hampstead to the south-east, Kilburn to the south and Cricklewood to the north-west. Until the late 19th century, the locale was a small village called West End (referring to the west end of Hampstead). Modern West Hampstead emerged with the arrival of the railways, and the transformation of the area from farmland to housing estates. In 1879, the Metropolitan Railway adopted the name West Hampstead for its station on West End Lane, the main road through the area.
West Hampstead's proximity to the Metropolitan line at Finchley Road, and its own Jubilee line stop (West Hampstead), together with a high concentration of bars and restaurants, means that the area is a popular leisure destination for people who live in the north-western part of London. West End Lane has several cafés, bakeries and small shops, creating a "village" atmosphere during the day. In addition to the London Underground links, West Hampstead is also served by West Hampstead Overground station and West Hampstead Thameslink railway station.