Some of the Most Famous People Who Call Hampstead Home
For many years, Hampstead Heath has been a magnet for the great and the good. Why not join them in London’s exclusive rural village?
North London is without doubt growing in popularity among young professionals as one by one, districts that were once run down, receive the money and attention of developers. Yet while areas such as Finsbury Park, Dalston and Shoreditch have redefined themselves, there are some locations that have always been near the top of the list for property hunters in North London.
Ask any Hampstead estate agents and they will tell you that this is an area that sells itself. The ancient high street with its regular market, the exclusive properties and, of course, the beautiful rugged heath with its uninterrupted views across the city, just four miles to the south. Hampstead has it all – no wonder it is has been the home of choice for so many famous people over the years. Here are just a few of the people you might bump into when taking a weekend stroll on Hampstead Heath.
John Le Carré
The author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, along with numerous other works of spy fiction is well-known for his love of Cornwall, and owns a mile of cliff close to Land’s End. But his main residence is in Hampstead, and if you spend some time in the Kenwood House café or the Wells pub, keep a look out for a distinguished-looking gentleman in his 80s.
When Gervais moved into his £10 million home in 2016, the press arrived en masse to witness the wealth of home gym equipment that came with him. But the comedian’s favourite way of keeping fit is with a weekend amble on Hampstead Heath. Perhaps it makes him feel less guilty about those Sunday roasts at the Angel Inn in nearby Highgate, where he and his partner Jane Fallon are regular customers.
One of the most highly acclaimed directors of the late 20th century, Ridley Scott turned 80 last year, but still divides his time between London, Los Angeles and Paris. He has owned his Hampstead home for almost 30 years, and his daughter, Jordan Scott, attended South Hampstead High School in the 1990s.
The French football legend bought his £10 million Highgate home at the height of his prowess in 2001 with model Nicole Merry, two years before they tied the knot. It is fair to say that his love affair with Hampstead lasted longer than his marriage, and today, you might see him strolling the village with the new lady in his life, Bosnian model Andrea Rajačić.
The Culture Club frontman was one of the most recognisable characters in pop in the 1980s, and cuts a similarly unmistakable figure in the quiet streets of Hampstead. His singing career might have tailed off, but he still manages to grab the headlines. In 2013, he caused controversy by seeking to build a glazed extension on his grade two-listed mansion that overlooks Hampstead Heath. The local council rejected the application, saying it would be detrimental to the character and historical interest of the building.