Discover - Hampstead
North London’s Hampstead is a little village nestled next to Hampstead Heath, one of the city’s largest and wildest green spaces. Full of charming streets and literary history, the neighbourhood is a great place to wander and soak up the atmosphere. Hampstead is just a 20-minute Tube ride from central London on the Northern line, making it easy to reach for an afternoon out. Here’s why you should visit this lovely place.
Hampstead High Street, just outside Hampstead Tube station, is at the heart of village life. Full of shops, restaurants, cafés and boutiques, it’s a great place for retail therapy. Don’t forget to explore the little side streets, which are full of delicatessens, galleries and other treasures.Just around the corner from the Tube station, Flask Walk has a pedestrianised area with vintage shops, cafés, florists and pubs.
The best things about Hampstead are the little streets that give the neighbourhood its charm. From skinny pathway Mansfield Place to the colourful doors on Holly Walk, it’s worth getting lost here.But the big draw is Hampstead Heath. Perfect for rambling, strolling or enjoying a picnic on a sunny day, Hampstead Heath is one of the capital’s best parks. From the panoramic views of the city from the top of Parliament Hill to its idyllic trails through woodland, the Heath is a perfect antidote to the bustling streets of central London.
Hampstead isn’t short of refreshment stops. You’re spoilt for choice, but Ginger & White has gluten-free dishes, including all-day breakfast, brunch and lunch. Try its delicious hot chocolate.
In the heart of Hampstead Village, Grade-I listed Burgh House is home to a small museum and pretty café. Visitors can learn about the area and its history, then sit at an outdoor table on the leafy terrace to enjoy a cup of tea and cake.
At the north end of Hampstead Heath, Kenwood is a former stately home that is now a lovely museum. Visitors can explore the house and its stunning art collection before strolling through the magnificent gardens. Make sure you visit its café, too.
The Holly Bush
One of Hampstead’s most beloved pubs, the 18th-century Holly Bush is a must-visit pub. With a maze of little wood-panelled rooms and cosy fires in winter, it’s a quintessential London establishment. If you’re in the village on a Sunday, don’t miss its roast served with all the ‘trimmings’.
Hampstead Antique & Craft Emporium
This hidden gem has a warren of stalls full of treasures. It’s a great place to browse vintage items, from silverware, ceramics, glassware, furniture and paintings.
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