Hampstead Travel Guide

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Hampstead Things to Do

  • Gracie Fields House

    Dame Gracie Fields had this house made for her. She was Britain�s first iconic movie star between the wars, after being a huge success as a comedian and singer on the stage. She lived here during her successes before she moved to Capri to recover from illness.

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  • Keats House

    Keats House is where the poet John Keats lived from 1818 to 1820, and is the setting that inspired some of Keat's most memorable poetry. Here, Keats wrote 'Ode to a Nightingale', and fell in love with Fanny Brawne, the girl next door.We stumbled upon the house while taking a short cut from Hampstead High Street to the Heath. The house is in a...

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  • 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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Hampstead Restaurants

  • Malaysian - Thai restaurant

    Moonnite is a small Malaysian-Thai restaurant with 80 seats. It has a nice atmosphere with candles on the tables.Take-away service available. See the pictures.

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  • Near the West Hampstead station

    The Railway is a classic British pub. In the first floor room was used for practise by the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and U2.

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  • Great Pub

    The Washington is a great pub. It still has some of the old interior from the time it was a hotel.We had a good fish & chips meal here and enjoyed the Tuesday night pub quiz.Business hours:Mo-Th: Noon - 1PMFr: Noon - MidnightSa: 10AM - MidnightSu: Noon - 10:30PM Fish & Chips.

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  • 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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Hampstead Nightlife

  • The Ruth Ellis Case

    Opposite the entrance to Hampstead Heath train station is The Magdala pub , most famous for its links to Ruth Ellis who in 1955 became the last woman in Britain to be hanged. Ruth Ellis shot and killed her lover , David Blakely directly outside the pub and there is a plaque on the wall ( see photo below)

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  • At the Swiss Cottage

    The Odeon IMAX Theatre is a big IMAX movie theatre showing the well-known 3-D IMAX movies.The Cinema has 5 screens.It's close to Swiss Cottage, original a tavern built in 1804 in the style of a Swiss chalet. The area was par of the Hampstead burrough, but now is part of Camden. Well, it's Swiss Cottage in Greater London!

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  • 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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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

  • Highgate Cemetery

    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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  • 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 Sports & Outdoors

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    by barryg23 Updated Jan 21, 2007

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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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