Published: 06/10/2022The hectic centre of London is only a few miles away, but Hampstead is distinct in terms of appearance, atmosphere, and history. Exploring its cobblestone pathways, admiring its picture-perfect homes, and taking in the jaw-dropping views provided by its lofty heights are all experiences that should unquestionably be desired.
This Village in the heart of London includes historic homes, taverns from bygone eras, and one of the most breathtakingly beautiful churchyards you could ever hope to see.
HAMPSTEAD SHOPSWe begin our tour of Hampstead with a leisurely stroll along the High Roadway, where no less than 18 buildings that are listed in Grade 11 will line the street in front of us as a welcoming guard of honour.
The High Street itself doesn't look particularly special at first glance. You must give it some time to take effect and to allow your vision to expand beyond what can be seen simply and what is instantly obvious. As it goes on, things begin to become apparent. When you pay closer attention to the small yet interesting details, you'll notice that there is much more to this place than meets the eye.
As we go along the High Street, we catch tantalising glimpses into the unique little alleyways where a variety of independent butchers, bakers, florists, and shopkeepers fight for our attention, with more significant global firms hidden behind the lovely shop fronts.
The CafesThere are many locations to get a drink in Hampstead, from the traditional Coffee Cup cafe to the delightful Ginger & White. Also, make sure to stop by Gail's on the high street for some pastries.
Hampstead Antique & Craft EmporiumThe Hampstead Antique & Craft Emporium is a maze of little stores filled to the gills with priceless antique items.
You're in for a treat if you've never gone to the Hampstead Antique & Craft Emporium! It's a great place to browse vintage items and handcrafted items in a variety of styles.
This hidden gem, just past Heath Street, contains more than 25 privately owned businesses and has something to offer everyone. Numerous selections are available, ranging from vintage and antique items to modern design and handcrafted things.
Numerous jewellers specialise in traditional fine stones as well as Art Deco, mid-century, ethnic, and modern designs. In a similar vein, there is a magnificent assortment of both new and antique furniture, paintings, ceramics, glassware, cutlery, and many other fascinating historical artefacts. Nightwear, caps, accessories, and both vintage and contemporary clothing are all sold in stores. Others specialise in antique buttons, fabrics, and quilts.
The Emporium is open every day of the week, and the vendors are always happy to speak with you and impart their expertise. Tania's also offers some of the best coffee in Hampstead.
The Hampstead Antique & Craft Emporium is likely to enthral gift buyers and collectors alike, whether you're seeking stunning antique or vintage designer goods, delightful retro treats, or the newest in current style.
Hampstead HeathYou wouldn't believe that Hampstead Heath, a wild area with woods and meadows, is only a few miles from the city centre in Zone Two of north London. It has an area of 800 acres and some of the most spectacular views in the city. In this park, Constable painted for the most of his last years, while C.S. Lewis found inspiration for The Chronicles of Narnia. For more than 200 years, Londoners from all walks of life have visited this location to escape the city.
Nowadays, there aren't many nicer ways to spend a Sunday in London than with a leisurely walk across the Heath and a pint or roast at one of our wonderful local pubs.
The WellsOn the way from Hampstead Heath to the high street, right outside Hampstead Heath on the tranquil Well Walk lies the beautiful Georgian bar known as The Wells.
The area was a fairly run-down Hampstead bar up until recently, but in the early 2000s it underwent a transition to become the posh gastropubs NW3 locals are familiar with today. Up to 11 beers are available on draught at the bar, with the CRATE Brewery Pale and Hackney American Pale among the best. The cocktail selection is reasonable.
The Wells is the perfect place to pause for a post-ramble pint. The pub's outdoor tables are frequently filled with pitchers of Pimm's in the summer, but in the cooler months, the indoor rooms are perfect for a filling meal.
However, the emphasis is on excellent cuisine, and the Wells kitchen presents traditional gastropub dishes in a chic manner. If you're searching for a high-end pub experience in Hampstead, The Wells might be your best bet.
Flask WalkThe simplest way to describe one of my favourite streets in North London is as a side tunnel or an alleyway that should be explored rather than just passed through. You have to go to Hampstead Station first in order to find it (on the Northern Line). I'm leaving the station and turning left onto Hampstead High Street. I'll then turn left at the first intersection I come to.
Numerous independent stores are there, as well as the required pub (in this case the aptly named "The Flask"). Thanks to the great second hand bookshop Keith Fawkes, you wouldn't even need to go more than a few metres to keep yourself busy. The sheer quantity of books housed here may keep you occupied for hours. If you become hungry, head over to the delicious Sushi Hana right next door, and then head over to Boulangerie Bon Matin to get your lunch taken care of (or dinner).
You might find yourself drawn to the antique store (Exclusive), the flower shop, or the beauty supply store before or after eating.
If you decide to make a day (or night) of it, the aforementioned pub offers plenty of space both inside and outside, depending on the weather. A wonderful place to end the day or spend some of the evenings is La Cage Imaginaire, a stunning restaurant close to the end of the strip.
Plaque SpottingDuring your visit to Hampstead, you might want to try plaque hunting if you're eccentric and curious.
Hampstead is adorned in blue and navy blue plaques created by artists Mark Gertler and writers including George Orwell.
Memorial plaques create a visible connection between the Hampstead buildings and these famous former residents. People of various ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, both locals and visitors, are captivated by their alluring presence. They educate and amuse; they bring the past into the present; they preserve their memory by becoming living monuments. They are a source of pride for the community. Plaques identify buildings of noteworthy historical or architectural significance and tell us about their past or how they have influenced the built environment.
Over 75 of these plaques can be found in Hampstead, with the Society of Arts, London County Council, and Greater London Council placing the majority of the blue (formerly brown) spherical plaques. The Heath & Hampstead Society's iconic black oval Hampstead plaques make up the other half.
Parliament HillParliament Hill is a section of open parkland that is situated in the southwest corner of Hampstead Heath in north-western London. The hill, which is 98 metres (322 feet) tall, is well known for its views of the downtown.
Even though they have been largely covered by surrounding construction in London, the Houses of Parliament are still visible from the top. In the City of Westminster, 6.1 miles (10.1 km) south of Parliament Hill, lie the Houses of Parliament.
It's possible that a mound atop the hill was a Bronze Age burial barrow. The hill was a portion of a manor that Henry I granted to a baron by the name of Richard de Balta in 1133. It was given to Alexander de Barentyn, the king's butler, during the reign of Henry II. During the English Civil War in the 17th century, when it was occupied by soldiers loyal to the English Parliament, the location that was once known as Traitors' Hill may have received its current name. According to a tradition, Guy Fawkes and Robert Catesby, participants in the Gunpowder Plot on November 5, 1605, intended to observe the demolition of Parliament from this location
Not only is Parliament Hill a great place to site see but, The English National Cross Country Championships were held on Parliament Hill in 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018, and 2022. The location is well-known for cross-country running also, Hampstead Rugby Club utilises The Hill. The middle of the running track and some of the hill are used for senior men's and women's teams' practise sessions.
Pack a picnic and fly your kite on Parliament
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