Hampstead Travel Guide

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Hampstead Highlights

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     The most beautiful & Magical neighborhood to my opinion 

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     It's too expensive to live here 

  • In a nutshell
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     London's green lung 

Hampstead Things to Do

  • Dick Turpin's local?

    If you've been out for a walk on Hampstead Heath (see seperate tip) you could do a lot worse than visit the Spaniards Inn for a spot of light refreshment. Built in 1585 as a country house for the Spanish ambassador, it is a lovely old-fashioned pub with a spacious beer garden. Legend has it that Dick Turpin, the famous highwayman, drank here,...

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  • Spa water and the spring in the village

    In 1703 a Dr William Gibbons first highlighted the medicinal qualities of Hampstead's spa water. He lived at nearby Burgh House but the spring is seen in Well Walk and this was what first attracted people to Hampstead and made it a spa town in much the same way Cheltenham or Harrogate became spa towns. The water was supposed to have health benefits...

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  • Hampstead Heath

    It never fails to amaze me that this beautiful wooded and grassland area is a mere 4 miles from central London and sits in one of the most densely populated cities in the world. It is one of the worlds largest urban parks and so large it is quite easy to get lost but as there always many people around it is easy to ask for directions.The quickest...

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  • St Johns, Hampstead

    St Johns is a large parish church with an overgrown graveyard though passable on the gravel paths that twist through it. The tomb of John Constable is here who died in Hampstead in 1837 after many years of living in the village. The graveyard is actually eerie and sinister even on a May morning but more so more recently on a dull Sunday morning in...

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  • The Whetstone Pond

    You will have seen the Whetstone Pond on English TV shows or films that have been set prior to 1939 with typical scenes of nannies taking babies for walks around the pond or boys sailing toy boats in it. The Wheststone Pond is at the top of Heath Street, past the Observatory, and it was named for its 'white stone', or milestone. This is where the...

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  • The Viaduct on the Heath

    I was intrigued to see a large viaduct take a wide path across a pond - I have found out that this viaduct was part of an ill fated plan by a Sir Thomas Wilson (he was Lord Mayor of Hampstead at the time) from 1845 to build 28 villas constructed a strip of land east of the Vale of Health and the Hampstead Ponds.The villas were never built but the...

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  • The Observatory

    The Hampstead Observatory is situated near the corner of Heath Street and Hampstead Grove, near Whitestone Pond, at the highest point in London. It is on a high grass covered underground reservoir, enclosed by iron railings.During open sessions the Observatory is manned by a demonstrator and an assistant who are are on hand to show visitors...

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  • The Vale of Health

    This part of Hampstead Heath was originally known as Gangmoor, and later as Hatches (or Hatchett’s) Bottom, after an early18th-century cottager. The Hampstead Water Company created a pond here in 1777, which drained enough of the formerly malarial marsh to allow houses to be built. There is still a pond here and it provides a nice vantage point...

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  • The spring on the Heath

    If you read my tip on the Chaybeate Well you will read that there is a spring on the Heath still where the famous spa water comes from.I have only seen one spring on the heath and there is a very small spring between Viaduct Bridge and the Vale of Health pond , close to the path on the right.

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Hampstead Restaurants

  • Literary pub

    A famous London pub at the northern end of Hampstead Heath , between Highgate and Hampstead.This is a 16th century inn with literary connections - it was immortalised in Dickens Pickwick Papers. It is thought that Keats wrote Ode to a Nightingale here and rumour has it that Dick Turpin was born hereStained wooden floors and a roaring fire make this...

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  • Olde worlde London pub

    This gas lit, atmospheric pub dates from the 1640s and is one of Londons older pubs starting off life as the stable block of a nearby house.The pub retains many of its original features, such as etched glass windows, oak flooring, gas lamps and pressed tin ceiling and walls. The two front bars have simple painted settles and wood panelling. One bar...

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  • In Flask Walk

    The Flask was originally the Thatched House and it was here that water from the spring in Well Walk was brought and sold as spa water for 3d per flask. It was replaced with the Flask as we now know it in Victorian times and it was a working men's pub for the men who lived in the nearby workers cottages (which are now luxury London cottages). There...

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  • Gastro pub

    VTs American style themes do not cover English gastro pubs - a pub that serves very good food basically. The Wells Tavern was Hampsteads original spa hotel in earlier times and the spring (see a things to do tip) is a hundred feet away on Well Walk. People would stay here to sample the waters and enjoy a holiday in this London spa town. The Wells...

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  • The Wells Restaurant

    I am a sucker for a Sunday Roast and when I suggested Sunday Roast to Annemarie whilst on our meeting with Colin our tummies started to rumble. But do not be fooled into thinking it is easy to get a table in a Hampstead pub without reserving a table. Our wait was to be 30min although it was more like 20min but we sipped on a reasonable good quality...

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  • Historic pub

    One of my absolute favourite London pubs, no one of my favourite pubs. Period. One of London's oldest inns from 1584 when it was built on the Bishop of London's estate as a toll inn, it has long been set in the countryside along the road between the villages of Hampstead and Highgate and if its walls could speak, it would have lots to say about...

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Hampstead Nightlife

  • Theatre near the tube

    I had never heard of Pentameters Theatre until I actually came across it when walking through Hampstead. Only 1 minute from the tube this theatre was founded in 1968 by local resident Leonie Scott Matthews and it shows a wide variety of productions. Housed in a building called The Horseshoe it is very well situated for pre theatre drinks or meals.I...

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  • The Highwayman's Pub

    After exploring Hampstead Heath for a couple of hours there is no better place to stop for a drink than Spaniards Inn, at the northern end of the Heath beyond Kenwood House. This historic pub dates from the 18th century and is rumoured to the birthplace of Dick Turpin, an infamous 18th century highwayman. Whether or not he was born here is...

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  • Great local pub in Hampstead

    Whenever I'm in Hampstead I try to visit this the Holly Bush as it's one of my favourites in all of London.The pub is near Hampstead High Street though it can be difficult to find as it's hidden away down a quiet back street. There has been a pub here since the start of the 18th century and it's such a relaxed and cosy place you get the feeling...

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  • gay scene

    I have no experience of this venue personally, but have been told this is a popular gay bar. The multicoloured banner hangs outside. There are always men inside visible from the street. The blackboard outside advertises snacks [pitta bread with salad and humous for 3.5 GBpounds, and there is mention of live entertainment casual

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  • Probably the best pub in Hampstead (& in...

    Okay i think i said alot about it in my other tips & Intro but this Pub is my favorite one !!It was my "home" pub and i spent there lots of hours sometimes day after day.. I love this place, its so nice and has a very good service, real fire place, good food made freshly (kitchen open twice aday) and some of the best ale !It has a few rooms which...

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  • And one more famous good pub

    The flask is another nice pub, its located in one of my favorites Streets of Hampstead, The Flask Walk, a very little St. looks as if from a pic' .There are two bars at the front which are separated by a beautiful glazed partition which was added in the 1880's.They serve Good Ale, food and if you go to tour the pubs of Hampstead make sure to visit...

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Hampstead Transportation

  • Train to Hampstead

    The London Overground is a revamped and improved rail system that takes new electric trains around the London area - there is just one gap in the network on South London as I write this (early 2012) but eventually it will be possible to take a circular ride around London.The line stops in Hampstead at Hampstead Heath station - this station is...

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  • Bus to Hampstead

    There are two services to the main part of Hampstead ( the area around the tube station) - a 46 (to Lancaster Gate) and a 268 (to Golders Green). Other buses do stop near Hampstead Heath overground station and the Royal Free Hospital but these are some distance from the main part of the village.Travellers should buy a travel pass such as a day pass...

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  • Tube to Hampstead

    Northern Line trains serve Hampstead and it is on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line, between Golders Green and Belsize Park stations - coming rom central London it is sometimes required to change Northern Line trains at Camden Town to gain the Edgeware branch.The station was opened in 1907 and is located at the junction of Heath Street and...

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Hampstead Shopping

  • Local market

    A small market open only on Saturdays. A good variety of fruit and vegetables, meat , fish and sandwiches and cakes are the general things on sale. There is also a book stall.One of Londons smaller markets.

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  • Hampstead High Street

    Hampstead High Street has a nice and very very expensive shops, its nice walking and looking but not always possible to buy everything... well at least not for me right now..Also in the heath St. you can find some real nice shops.But trully, i'd say dont waste your times on that..better explore the amazing streets and allyes of Hampstead !

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Hampstead Off The Beaten Path

  • Pitt's Garden

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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Hampstead Sports & Outdoors

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    Hampstead Heath is famous for its ponds. There are 30 natural ponds in the heath and three of these are open to the public for bathing. There are segregated men's and women's ponds on the east of the heath, hear Highgate, while the mixed bathing pond is on the other side just west of Parliament Hill. These are especially popular in summer though there are people who swim in them year round.

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Hampstead Favorites

  • Writers and Artists

    Hampstead has been home to many writers and artists over the years. Though it is a part of London, Hampstead has always had a different feel to it - even nowadays - and is more like a country village than a district of a capital city. This probably accounts for much of the attraction of Hampstead to writers and artists. As you wander around...

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  • London Walks

    If you like to have a guided tour in Hapmstead use the London walks tours.They have a few kinds of (good) walks in Hampstead.You wont be disappointed ! The Streets...The pubs...The restaurants...The Heath (the park)The rainy magical days..The Sunny days...And all the other private memories... :-)In one line.. everything !

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  • The Pubs

    Hampstead has some (not many) of the best Pubs in London, surly worth a visit, when you walk on the Little streets make a little stop in every Pub and get your self a drink. I love the cold nights in the pubs near the fire place.... one of the lovelvliest things in the cold winter...

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