With breathtaking views of the city it’s no wonder that people from all over London flock to Hampstead Heath on the weekend to stroll along its 790-acre patchwork of stunning woodland and swim in the ponds.
Hampstead Heath, located in the London Borough of Camden, is regarded as a hill-top hideaway home to famous residents of past and present such as Lord Byron, Sigmund Freud, George Orwell and Stephen Fry.
Although Hampstead Heath is mentioned in the Domesday Book and became fashionable as a spa in the 1700s, it was only after the opening of its railway station in the 1860s that it expanded dramatically with much of the luxurious housing built in the decades that followed still standing today.
- Hampstead Heath and Gospel Oak stations are on the London Overground line. The Overground also stops at Finchley Rd & Frognal and West Hampstead. West Hampstead is also on the main Thameslink Line.
- Northern Line services direct into the City are available from Underground stations Hampstead and Belsize Park.
- Both the 210 and 603 buses service the Hampstead Heath area.
FOOD & DRINK
- Euphoria bakery – Fresh cakes, bakes and bread with an on-site cafe.
- Paradise – Long standing neighbourhood restaurant that serves delicious, mild Indian food.
- Mimo La Buffa – Smart, modern restaurant with Neapolitan-style pizzas, plus other classic Italian dishes.
- The Freemasons Arms – Modern British comfort food, interwoven with some Mediterranean influences.
- The Stag pub – Cosy pub with a spacious beer garden, great for Sunday roasts.
THINGS TO DO
- Hampstead Heath bathing ponds – Take a year-round dip in the Men-only, women-only or mixed ponds.
- Keats Museum – Rarely seen special display detailing turbulent times for the poet.
- The Hampstead Observatory – At the highest point in London, you can observe interesting landmarks through the telescope.
- Hampstead Arts festival – Annual event celebrating music and literature.