Hampstead Heath - North London's Oasis of Culture and Calm

I’ve lived close to Hampstead Heath the whole time that I’ve been in London. A week doesn’t go by without me visiting it. From picnicking with friends to kite-flying and enjoying the spectacular views – The Heath is truly a year-round destination and has something to offer everyone.

The Heath is located just a short tube ride from central London but seems a million miles from the hustle and bustle of the West End. At the southern end of the park is Parliament Hill, a mecca for kite-flyers and a must for visitors to London. Parliament Hill boasts of spectacular views across London and, being free, is a real revival for the London Eye.

Parliament Hills’ southern face is where North Londoners meet for picnics during the summer. I’ve spent many Saturday afternoons, and drunk many litres of pimms here. For me, nothing beats Parliament Hill fields when the sun is shining, but on a sunny day you may struggle to find a patch of grass to park your backside.

At the northernmost end of the park sits Kenwood House. Entrance to the house is free and inside are paintings by some of history’s most acclaimed artists such as Rembrandt and Vermeer. Across the road from Kenwood House is one of London’s oldest pubs, The Spaniards Inn. Dating from 1585 it has been frequented by London’s most famous literary figures including Keats, Byron and Dickens. It’s the perfect place to finish off a visit to Hampstead Heath.

For more information, visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/kenwood-house/

written by bsmart on 2011-03-04 #places #location #travel-destination #lcg-hampstead-heath-camden-london-parliament-hill-kenwood-house-rembrandt-vermeer-spaniards-inn-keats-byron-dickens-picnic-kite-pimms-heritage-view-london

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