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Hampstead HeathThe wildest of London's parks, Hampstead Heath has fields to run in, long grass to roll in, woods to hide in and, most famously, ponds to swim in. In north London this is THE place to get back to nature. Strewn with picnickers, cyclists, families and the rest, the heath is large enough and has enough copses, hills and mounds that a quiet spot is never far away. 'Chronicles of Narnia' author, CS Lewis, lived near Hampstead Heath and local folklore asserts that it was its picturesque rises, ponds and woodland glades which inspired his mystical land.

Parliament Hill is a beacon in the midst of this sprawling expanse of natural beauty. Its summit provides a view of the city almost in its entirety. Spot the famous dome of St Paul’s juxtaposed by the ultra-modern Canary Wharf Tower in the distance. This is the perfect kite-flying spot.

Hampstead Heath is renowned as a rich conservation area and parts of it are designated as areas of scientific interest by English Nature. Hoards flock to the refreshing waters of the Heath’s celebrated ponds in the summer months whilst in the colder months it’s more rewarding to while away an afternoon feeding the ducks or exploring the lush woodland, bogs, hedgerows and grassland.

Along the edges of the heath a number of attractions will attempt to lure you away. There’s the lido at the south, Kenwood House at the north, South End Green and Hampstead Village at the west, and Highgate to the east. There are also plenty of pubs dotted around the edge - the Spaniards Inn (Spaniards Road), the Holly Bush (22 Holly Mount) or the Freemason’s Arms (32 Downshire Hill) are all worthy of a visit.

The heath doesn't look quite as rural as when Constable painted it, but nonetheless, it is as close to rural as you’re going to get in a capital city.

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Wild and woody walks, ponds, picnics and panoramic views.

Did you know?
The opening scene of Wilkie Collins' novel ‘The Woman in White’ takes place on Hampstead Heath.

 

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LondonTown.com - Hampstead Heath Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Hampstead Tube Station
 
18 minutes walk
 
Highgate Tube Station
 
21 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

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Gospel Oak Overground Station
 
21 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

Further articles featuring Hampstead Heath on LondonTown.com

 
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    The Haverstock Hotel
    London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £63  24% off
    154 Haverstock Hill, NW3 | 27 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    Holiday Inn Express London-Swiss Cottage
    London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £50  40% off
    152-156 Finchley Road, NW3 | 29 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    Primrose Hill
    London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
    Primrose Hill Road, Primrose Hill, London NW3 | 2.1 miles from Hampstead Heath
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    Camley Street Natural Park
    London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
    12 Camley Street, King's Cross, London N1C | 2.8 miles from Hampstead Heath
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    Serpentine Boating Lake
    London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
    The Boat House, Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, London W2 | 4.2 miles from Hampstead Heath
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    Kenwood House
    London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
    Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, NW3 | 4 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    2 Willow Road
    London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
    2 Willow Road, NW3 | 15 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    Burgh House
    London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
    New End Square, NW3 | 15 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    London > Entertainment > Theatres
    Hampstead Lane, Highgate Village, N6 | 15 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    London Jewish Cultural Centre, Ivy House
    London > Entertainment >
    94-96 North End Road, NW11 | 16 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    Everyman Hampstead
    London > Entertainment > Cinemas
    5 Holly Bush Vale, Hampstead Village, NW3 | 18 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    London > Shopping > Children's Gifts and Toys
    12 Flask Walk, NW3 | 17 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    Judy Green's Garden Store
    London > Shopping > House and Garden
    11 Flask Walk, NW3 | 18 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    Rosslyn Delicatessen
    London > Shopping > Delicatessens
    56 Rosslyn Hill, NW3 | 18 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    London > Restaurants > French restaurants
    6-7 South Grove, Highgate, N6 | 13 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
    1 Hampstead Lane, Highgate, N6 | 15 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    London > Education > Evening Classes
    89/91 Bayham Street, Camden Town, London NW1 | 2.4 miles from Hampstead Heath
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    Jenius Social
    London > Education > Cookery Courses
    Unit 8 The Islington Studios, 6 Hornsey Road, N7 | 2.6 miles from Hampstead Heath
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    London > Education > Evening Classes
    Unit 207, Belgravia Workshop, 157-163 Marlborough Road, N19 | 37 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
    Highgate Road, NW3 | Same location as Hampstead Heath
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    Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds
    London > Leisure > Activities
    Hampstead Heath, NW5 | 12 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    Lower Fairground Site
    London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
    East Heath Road, NW3 | 15 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    The Spaniards Inn
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    Spaniards Road, Hamstead Heath, , NW3 | 6 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    The Wells Tavern
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    30 Well Walk, NW3 | 13 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    The Flask Tavern
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    77 Highgate West Hill, N6 | 14 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    The Champagne Bar
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    St Pancras International, Euston Road, NW1 | 2 miles from Hampstead Heath
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    The Boogaloo
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    312 Archway Road, N6 | 23 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    The Lock Tavern
    London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
    35 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 | 37 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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    Kings Place
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 | 3 miles from Hampstead Heath
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    British Library Conference Centre
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    96 Euston Road, King's Cross, London NW1 | 3.2 miles from Hampstead Heath
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    London > Business > Venue Hire
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