Hill Garden and Pergola

Attractions, Parks and gardens Hampstead
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A favourite of local artists, this formal Arts and Crafts garden, created between 1910 and 1925 by Thomas Mawson for soap magnate Lord Leverhulme and restored in the 1990s, is a little-known part of Hampstead Heath. In late spring the raised, covered pergola – as long as Canary Wharf is tall – is festooned with wisteria, but great views of London are to be had at any time of year. Visit during the early evening and you might see roosting long-eared bats.


Venue name: Hill Garden and Pergola
Address: Inverforth Close
off North End Way
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Absolutely stunning garden and pergola when the wisteria is out in May but really lovely all through the year. This is a wonderful place to take visiting friends or simply to wander alone to clear your head. You'll forget that you're in crazy-crowded London, and that's a good thing. This is truly one of the best gardens in or around London, with beautiful architectural designs and interesting layers of gardens. Very highly recommended.

Hampstead has a lot to offer by way of culture so this was a difficult category to pick only one nomination. Still, the Pergola at Golders Hill Park is always a welcome stop when I need some calm, peacefulness, inspiration or just a healthy walk. Friends from out of town or within London never fail to be impressed when I take them here for a walk.


Wow, I had to go and visit and explore this place after reading about this place out of curiosity. So within Hampstead Heath is this amazing hidden place that so incredible and one of london's best secret spots. It's a bit of walk maybe about 15-20mins from the most local station up hill and not the easiest place to find, you could miss it if it wasn't for the signs. I went on a hot sunny day and it was just the perfect spot to chill out and get lost in good music or a book. There are lots steps so this probably not the most accessible place to get too, no dogs are allowed and as far as I could see there are no obvious places to park so wise to be prepared for this. This is just like something you would encounter on holiday with its stone columns and creeping vines framing the archways beautifully. This would be a fabulous place for a photo shoot, quiet reflection and tranquility.


There's a reason Hampstead Heath was one of the first open spaces in London that triggered a massive campaign over the issue of 'to build or not to build'. There's a reason many a luminary of the day (we are talking late 1800s here) campaigned to designate the Heath protected public grounds. It's beautiful. The pristine expanses and rolling hills, allowing majestic views of London are invigorating. And yet, as if to prove the general rule by an exception, I give you an example where humans did manage to improve on nature - Pergola and Hill Gardens. Located on the western outskirts of the Heath, Pergola and Hill Gardens marrie nature and human craftsmanship seamlessly. It is a mystery not so many Londoners know of this place and even fewer visited. Which is a good thing really as you do want the place all to yourself. NakedPRGirl Claire did a good preview of the botanical delights that await you there. May I just add that the top level of the Pergola allows you a direct view of the Inverforth House and its manicured gardens. In my opinion the building (see the photo) quite rivals the more famous Kenwood House. There are also nice lawns below the gardens to have a picnic, and it's a good starting point to explore the Heath from. Just don't forget to bring water.

P.S.: I couldn't stop thinking what a perfect spot it is for a romantic date or a wedding photoshoot.


I have to say thanks to my friend Kate (she never gets a mention in my reviews so let's give her a shout out) because she bought me a book about Secret London, which I was obviously highly sceptical about, I mean what could there possibly be in London that I don't know about?!? Well, hang fire people cos here we go! Just thirty seconds from Hampstead Heath is a Pergola and Hill Garden, and it's so well hidden you could be yards from it and still not actually find it. But you'll be glad you did! Make the effort and you'll find this spectacular Pergola and beautiful gardens with roses wrapping around columns and plants climbing wooden structures. There's real calm in this peaceful place and the views are to die for. My words will not do it justice so just look at the pics and go!