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Hampstead Heath

Things to do, Walks and tours Hampstead Heath
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Wild and undulating, the grassy sprawl of Hampstead Heath makes a wonderfully untamed contrast to the manicured lawns and flowerbeds found elsewhere in the capital – and it will feel even more delightfully rural if the City of London Corporation's 'aspiration' to graze sheep on the heath as a flock of organic lawnmowers comes to fruition.

The heath stretches across 791 acres of woodland, playing fields, swimming ponds and meadows of tall grass in north London from Hampstead to Highgate, and has provided the inspiration for countless films, books and poems. On hot summer days, the Hampstead Ponds are perfect for a refreshing dip, while the dizzying heights of Parliament Hill provide a popular destination for kite-fliers when the weather turns breezy.



Address: Highgate Road
Transport: Tube: Hampstead, Kentish Town: Rail: Hampstead Heath
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Nothing beats some fresh air in the great outdoors that has a beautiful view to go with it! Thats exactly what hampstead heath has to offer! Some great lush green areas and uphills for a gentle workout, or a picnic in the summer, finishing off with a gorgeous view from Parliament hill! One of my favourite parks in London! 


One of the best parks in London. The view from Parliament Hill within Hampstead Heath is beautiful (even if it is slightly obstructed by some overgrowing hedges). It's absolutely massive which makes it the perfect place for a stroll on a sunny day and it even has Kenwood House, a former stately Georgian home,  that is free to explore. It's a bit hilly so, those who enjoy a good hike will love Hampstead Heath too. Perfect for picnics, great for families. A quintessential London park visit. 


Hampstead Heath has a special place in my heart.

One of my earliest London memories is connected with this magical forest: it was one of the first parks I visited. I was amazed by it's diversity, beauty and connection with people. That hasn't changed for almost a decade now.

Every time I visit HH, I discover a new part, collect great new memories and decide I want to move here. 

Visit Hamsptead Heath and feel the peace of nature in the middle of busy London!


Being an east-Londoner until now I'd exhibited a somewhat biased (and uninformed) view that Victoria Park was without a shadow of a doubt the best London park that ever was. I was unequivocally wrong. As soon as I stepped foot and got lost in the magical woodland that is Hampstead Heath I know nothing would ever be the same and Vicky Park, although sorely loved, would not measure up. In Hampstead Heath the city seems miles away, although you get a sick view of it, and you can wander for hours feeling completely removed from London madness and rush hour insanity. If you like dogs you'll also find plenty to pet and chase after here and going for a stroll in autumn promises instagram-worthy foliage and boomerang opportunities aplenty. In summer you can swim in the ponds and in spring you can bask in the blooming flowers and get that real fertility feel. Because of the rugged terrain there's less runners than other parks, which I would consider a plus too. A magical place to escape to year round! 


I think of Hampstead as more of the countryside in london not just a park. It's different from other parks as it has more of unkept and Heath land quality. There are beautiful ponds, parliament hill and wooded areas. It really is the perfect place to spend an easy Sunday afternoon in the city watching the dogs and people go by.

You also get the best views of our beautiful city.


Hampstead Heath is one of those perfectly green spots in London that make you feel as though you have stepped away from your busy, urban lifestyle. You can stroll across the heath from Highgate to Hampstead village, with a drink on each side, and have a bit of relaxation time. What's even better is on a beautifully sunny day taking a picnic and finding a good perch - and saying hello to all the four-legged friends who are suddenly very interested in you and your food! Definitely one of my favourite places in London. 


Rolling hills of untamed grass and never-ending pathways make Hampstead Heath such a delight to roam around. You can spend hours here and not cross the same area twice. One of my favourite things to do is walk up to Parliament Hill Viewpoint for a photo opportunity. Great place for picnics (I'd recommend this over buying food anywhere here), dog walkers, families and a convenient base for exploring the postcard areas of Hampstead and Highgate.


One of my favourite places in London. Climb one of the steep hills to uncover the most spectacular view of London, and afterwards make your way to Hampstead Village with its cute high street stores or cosy quintessential English pubs to enjoy.

Perfect getaway in London. Walking around in Hampstead Heath I don't feel like I am in London. It's a perfect place to come to rest, get lost by choice and walk miles and miles. It's one of my favourite activities on a Sunday. You have the ponds, acres of fields and woods as well. One tip: don't always follow the path, go off track and wander around. It is great, I always feel like I am in the countryside, far from the big, rushed city. During summer, a lot of people come here to relax by the ponds and to have a swim. You have mixed and male only ponds. Strongly recommended to go to Hampstead afterwards, it is such a nice place! All the best restaurants and shops are located there, the little streets are so attractive and romantic. Cannot wait for summer to wander around in Hampstead and enjoy a drink outside these lovely streets. 


This is the crowning glory of North London! Hampstead Heath is glorious,more than just a vast expanse of green (which is fab in itself) but a hive of activity. Perfect for walks,you could spend all day lost in the wonder of The Heath......

Parliament Hill,with its view of London and then head down and have coffee and an Italian cake at the cafe that sits at the bottom. Pass by the ponds- that's outdoor ponds to swim in,for free! A womens,mens and mixed ponds dotted around,with good changing area's and places to loaf (when sunny) after. Or go to The Lido,if you want some more swimming. Pop into Kenwood House and soak up some culture and History of N.London,you can also have a bit more of a posh snack at the cafe on that end of The Heath too. A bowling green and tennis courts too. 

A perfect place for a picnic or to walk the dog. Oh I love it so x 


Rain or shine, Hampstead Heath is the ultimate rambling grounds in Greater London. No Sunday Lunch is complete without a quick muck through its rolling trails. Nearly 800 acres of dense woodland, ponds, gardens, and teletubby hills make up this most famous and distinctive of national parks. It can swallow you whole, and it would take quite the explorer to see all that it has to offer. Every path brings with it a surprise, every visit a new appreciation for nature's size and power. Coming here not only gives you a literal breath of fresh air - being the biggest plant-lung in the metropolis means it has the cleanest, purest O2 you'll get outside of eating a sim card - but also a fresh state of mind, as the elements cleanse you and rid your spirit of the city's many temptations. That is unless you've gone there specifically to hook up for casual rut in the mud, as many do - it was a roaming ground for this sort of activity long before Grindr ruined the authentic experience, and the nostalgic probably still prefer to get down and dirty here for the very reason that you can't get an internet signal in the Heath. 

Hampstead is as close as the countryside as you can get without having to go to the countryside, which only tourists and the clinically insane would do. It's better than our Great British rural landscapes because, unlike the home counties (where pubs close at 7pm and people hurt animals to pass the time) when you have had your fill of the outdoors, and trees, and all that mess, you can leave, hop on a bus, go down the pub, then wake up in a skip in Shoreditch 12 hours later with some sandwich on you, after yet another prodigious bender involving low level accidental property damage and swearing at bouncers. 


It may not be Provence but you can get a little taste of the French lavender fields in Hampstead Heath park!! If you have a week in London add this to your must see list!! Stroll around the acres of lovely green surroundings and grab an ice cream and bask in the sun (if it's around). There are also cute cafes and an amazing look out for those happy tourist snaps.


For a great picnic spot, head to the Italian pergola and hill garden at the very top of the Heath. This fairytale corner of the heath is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets and just while away a few hours with a good book. It's perfectly peaceful and beautiful when the garden's flowers are in bloom, with benches throughout carved with lovely lines of poetry. 

There are so many wonderful aspects of Hampstead Heath, I love the walks and the vast green areas to picnic and play.

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