Just a short 10 minute walk across Hampstead Heath leads you into the equally leafy and upmarket area known as Highgate.For an entrance fee of £4 you can take a stroll around Highgate cemetery where a host of famous people are buried , non more so than Karl Marx.
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One of the quietest parts of Hampstead Heath is the section west of Spaniards Road. It's easy to get lost in here as there is no definite path but you're always close enough to the road to hear the cars rushing by in the distance.
One sight worth seeing here is Pitt's Garden, named after the 18th century political William Pitt. This land used to be part of Pitt House but all that remains of it nowadays is red-brick archway in the middle of the garden.
Hill Garden House
Hill Garden is one of the most beautiful but also one of the least well known sights in Hampstead Heath. The garden was originally built as an extension to nearby Hill House though it became public property in the 1960s. There are fine views of the heath from terraces at the west end of the garden and on a good day you can see across north-west London to Harrow on the Hill.
Hampstead Heath - Less visited parts
The far reaches of Hampstead Heath, west of Spaniards Road and North End Way, are much less visited than the rest of the Heath. However there is plenty to see in this part of the heath and it’s also a good place to escape the crowds elsewhere, especially in weekends during the summer.
A good place to start exploring this section of the heath is at Whitestone Pond, London's highest point. From here, trails wind down into the heath, heading to Hill Garden House and, further along the track, to Golders Hill.
Spaniards Road Tollhouse
Beside the Spaniards Inn at the northern end of Hampstead Heath is an old toll gate from the 18th century. Coaches passing this way had to pay a fare before progressing. This was a notorious spot for highwaymen in the 19th century, and Dick Turpin, one of the best known of them would lie in wait in the nearby Spaniards Inn. The toll house, which juts out into the road, created a bottleneck ensuring that the coaches had to slow down or stop, making the highwayman’s job easier. Even today there are always delays at this spot leading for many to call for its removal. However, local residents like it and have decided to keep it.
Whitestone Pond - London's Highest Point
The highest point in London is at Whitestone Pond in Hampstead. It's only 440 feet high and there aren't great views or lookout points around here but nevertheless if you want to say you've been to London's highest point, this is the place to visit.
This one time horse pond takes its name from an old white mile stone which marks the distance from here to central London. it lies at the side of a very busy road - North End Way - which divides the main part of the heath from the Golders Hill Park and Hill Garden in the western section. There used to be a nice pub here called Jack Straw's Castle, named after one of the leaders of the peasant's revolt in the 14th century but it ahs now been converted into houses.
Hampstead (little) Observatory
If you like science and astronomy you may want to visit Hampstead Observatory.
Its a very small one on the top of a small hill (well Hampstead is anyway the highest point of London).
They have a good telescope - six-inch Cooke refracting. Its a very old one and was originally built in 1899. It has been modified with a modern equatorial mounting featuring a remote controlled guiding system.
The place is open for the public from september to April when weather premitting on Friday and Saturday 8pm - 10pm
Sunday 11am - 19m
Address: Hampstead Grove, near Whitestone Pond, Hampstead, London NW3
Entrance is free and also open to non members
For other details please check the below website or Via the email
Night comes to Hamstead.
The end of another profitable day , tired businesmen/women returns home to count the days takings...
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