In London Hampstead Heath Village

Beautiful Heath

Open meadow in 800 acre Hampstead Heath.
Open meadow in 800 acre Hampstead Heath.

Hampstead Heath: The Hidden Jewel of London

Hampstead Heath is not on the major itineraries when going to London but that is a mistake. You will see why here. I enjoyed this section of London more than any other, and highly recommend Hampstead Heath to anyone traveling to London. Nowhere else in London will allow you to feel like you are in a beautiful village with the rural heath feeling like the rural countryside.

As you will see below, Hampstead Heath Village is charming and the pubs are a lot of fun!

Hampstead Village

Fashionable Hampstead Village

Hampstead Heath Overview

London is an elegant city. It is a dynamic place that is both a working city and a tourist mecca. I like out of the way places in London. If you have time, you should go downtown, to the National Gallery, Regency Park, Buckingham Palace, the Thames attractions. You will see some of the most famous places in the world. But if you have a little extra time, explore the Heath.

What is the Heath? The Heath is Hampstead Heath, a large plot of untouched, for the most part, land that touches upon Hampstead village. This little village is part of greater London, and yet you fell quite removed, as if you are in a country village. Hampstead is just a beautiful and charming place. The Heath is nearly 800 acres of ancient untouched land, preserved for the lucky residents who live nearby and the tourist in the know. Hampstead Heath is bordered by two villages, Hampstead to the South and Highgate to the Northeast. While Highgate is noteworthy for its architecture, Hampstead is noted for arts, music and writing. It also is perhaps the most expensive real estate in London. And Hampstead is known for its interesting and fun pubs such as Holly Bush and Ye Olde White Bear.

Hampstead resident rolls read like a who's who of famous and accomplished people, including Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, Richard Burton, husband of Elizabeth Taylor, Charles de Gaulle, Charles Dickens, Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, George Orwell, Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, Gwyneth Paltrow, Boy George, Elizabeth Taylor and many, many more. There was even a guy named Goldfinger who lived there!

But we are talking about the Heath aren't we? A must see is the Kenwood House, which was donated to the city of London in 1927 by a member of the Guinness family. Kenwood House was used to film Notting Hill. Lakeside concerts are held in summer. Parliament Hill allows the viewing of the London skyline. You can play tennis in the nearby facilities or watch a variety of birds. Unlike parks in the many other countries, the Heath is opened 24 hours almost in its entirety. There is significant security. You just can marvel at such a place set aside in one of the largest cities on earth.

Hampstead and its Heath are a very rewarding exploration into one the best and most elegant parts of London. I could not have imagined not seeing that wonderful area.

Walk Through Hampstead and Heath in 2012

Serene Scene on Hampstead Heath

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Have You Been to Hampstead Heath? 13 comments

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jewelsofawe 7 years ago from Oregon

I have never been to London or Europe. I will have to go there someday, I suppose


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

"Nowhere else in London will allow you to feel like you are in a beautiful village with the rural heath feeling like the rural countryside."

Not sure about that! Greenwich and Blackheath are obvious examples.


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bgamall 7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks for posting. I have been to Blackheath and didn't get the same feel although it is an open, more manicured grassland. Didn't get to Greenwich so I will take your word for it. Thanks again for stopping by.


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

Quite a bit of Blackheath is left to grow as wild meadowland each year.


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bgamall 7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Very nice. In a city as large as London that would be a treasure.


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

I think that, in general, London is lucky with its green spaces.


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bgamall 7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

American Cities should take a lesson from that, and the parks are safer too.


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Wanderlust 7 years ago from New York City

You are right, it is really nice, I've been there and quite enjoyed it. I love Richmond also, eventhough it is not a part of London (if I am correct), but still very beautiful place near London. Not a very big fan of Greenwich although.

As for American cities, in New York you are so lucky to have great parks, particularly Central Park and it is very safe!


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

The London Borough of Richmond is part of London.

Why aren't you keen on Greenwich?


pickles48@aol.com 5 years ago

FABULOUS. I have been to England many times but never here. Thank you for the information. I know where I am going to visit next.


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bgamall 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Glad you enjoyed information about the Heath. It is a really great place with great architecture and great pubs and great history.


BamBamT@aol.com 5 years ago

I liked your article very much.


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bgamall 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks Bam Bam

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