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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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Further articles featuring Hampstead Heath on LondonTown.com

 
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The Haverstock Hotel London
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London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel  from £63  38% off
154 Haverstock Hill, NW3 | 27 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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Holiday Inn Express London-Swiss Cottage London
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152-156 Finchley Road, NW3 | 29 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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Best Western Palm Hotel London London
Best Western Palm Hotel London
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel  from £59  26% off
64-76 Hendon Way, NW2 | 32 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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Alternative Parks and Gardens nearest Hampstead Heath

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Primrose Hill Road, Primrose Hill, London NW3 | 2.1 miles from Hampstead Heath
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Kenwood House London
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London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, NW3 | 4 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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2 Willow Road London
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London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
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Burgh House
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London > Events > Kids Events  Dates: Sunday 4th May 2014 - 12noon-4pm
Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, NW3 | 4 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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Storytelling Sundays
London > Events > Kids Events  Dates: Sunday 25th May 2014 - 12noon-4pm
Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, NW3 | 4 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 > Entertainment >
94-96 North End Road, NW11 | 16 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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5 Holly Bush Vale, Hampstead Village, NW3 | 18 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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Shopping near Hampstead Heath

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Mystical Fairies London
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London > Shopping > Children's Gifts and Toys
12 Flask Walk, NW3 | 17 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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London > Shopping > House and Garden
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London > Shopping > Delicatessens
56 Rosslyn Hill, NW3 | 18 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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102 Heath Street, NW3 | 15 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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London > Education > Evening Classes
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17 Duke's Road, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 3.3 miles from Hampstead Heath
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Unit 207, Belgravia Workshop, 157-163 Marlborough Road, N19 | 37 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
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The Spaniards Inn London
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Spaniards Inn
London > Nightlife > Pubs
Spaniards Road, NW3 | 6 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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The Wells Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
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Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Flask Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
77 Highgate West Hill, N6 | 14 minutes from Hampstead Heath
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The Champagne Bar London
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St Pancras International, Euston Road, NW1 | 2 miles from Hampstead Heath
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The Boogaloo London
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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
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Kings Place London
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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
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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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Roundhouse London
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Roundhouse
London > Business > Venue Hire
Chalk Farm Road, NW1 | 36 minutes from Hampstead Heath
Can accommodate up to 1800 people....More
 
 
 
 
 

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Patrick Allies: Workshop
Exhibitions | Until 25th April 2014 

Burgh House 15 minutes walk from Hampstead Heath

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Exhibitions | Until 30th May 2014 

Burgh House 15 minutes walk from Hampstead Heath

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Cadbury's Easter Egg Trails
Kids Events | Until 21st April 2014 

Fenton House 16 minutes walk from Hampstead Heath

Enjoy Easter egg trails across the Hall, Gardens and Park....More

Easter Egg Trail at Fenton House
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Seasonal | Until 21st April 2014 

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Shindig!
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 19th December 2014 

The Boogaloo 23 minutes walk from Hampstead Heath

Resident DJs play rock'n'roll, ska and indie from the 1950s onwards....More

Joel Burton Band
Concerts | On 18th April 2014 

The Boogaloo 23 minutes walk from Hampstead Heath

The London-based threesome mixes indie and alternative rock....More

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Exhibitions | Until 15th June 2014 

Camden Arts Centre 1.37 miles from Hampstead Heath

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Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 25th April 2014 

The Hideaway 1.37 miles from Hampstead Heath

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Clubbing and Nightlife | On 18th April 2014 

Fiddlers Elbow 1.64 miles from Hampstead Heath

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In The Vale Of Health: Japes Too
Theatre | Until 8th May 2014 

Hampstead Theatre 1.67 miles from Hampstead Heath

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