When you say Hampstead you think about Hampstead Heath. The wonderful green lung and the biggest park land in the City. But lets first take a look at Hampstead it self. Hampstead is part of The London Borough of Camden and is widely known for its connection with art, poetry, painting, music and literature. A lot of the luxurious real estate that we find here was created in the period between 1870 and 1880. No wonder there is a high concentration of millionaires in this area. For the ones who are not or not yet: Keep on saving and work hard!
Getting here is very easy by Tube and by bus. Hampstead and Belsize Park Station serve the Northern Line and Swiss Cottage and Finchley Road Station serve the Jubilee Line. Hampstead is the deepest located Tube station in London at about 60m underground.
Hampstead is a great area just to walk around and marvel at some of the buildings and houses that are magnificent showcases of architecture. A nice example is the Isokon building on Lawn Road. It is an apartment building, completed in 1934, as an experiment in communal living. One of the inhabitants was Agatha Christie who lived here from 1940 to 1946. It has been restored and parts of this Grade I listed building are open for public viewing. Another nice place to see is Fenton House on Hampstead Grove. It is a 17th Century merchant house with a huge garden and an interesting collection of paintings, porcelain and other artifacts.
On Keats Grove we find the beautiful house that once belonged to the romantic poet John Keats. He lived here from the year 1818 to 1820 and it is said that the poem “Ode to a Nightingale” was written here. This house is also a Grade I listed building and opening times are Tuesday to Sunday from 1300 to 1700.
Ever went to a beautiful park saying “I am off to the Lido?” Well in Hampstead Heath you can as there are three open air swimming pools in this beautiful park that lies close to the ridge that runs from Hampstead to Highgate, which is one of the highest points in the City. The three swimming pools are divided into a female and a male pool and one that is mixed. Other facilities are a running track, many playgrounds, a pitch for playing Boules and a volleyball court. Many people just come running and enjoy the scenery and the fantastic atmosphere. Other come flying their kites when there is wind enough. The view from Parliament Hill is not to be missed on a clear day when you can see a lot of the skyline from the City including Canary Wharf Tower and The Shard.
The park has also a great value as a conservationist area as many rare species of animals thrive in this beautiful habitat. If case you are an art lover Kenwood House is a must see as the collection on display includes some very famous paintings by the likes of Rembrandt, Vermeer and Turner. If you come and visit to see a particular painting, give them a call first, as sometimes their paintings travel all over the world…
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