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Hampstead Heath used to be the last stretch of countryside for travelers coming into London from the north. It was home to Keats, and a much-visited haven for Dickens and Byron. It is 790 acres of... Read More
Hampstead Heath used to be the last stretch of countryside for travelers coming into London from the north. It was home to Keats, and a much-visited haven for Dickens and Byron. It is 790 acres of lush forests, rolling hills, and still ponds (unless it's swimming season – the mixed pond is frequented by the likes of Kate Moss and Benedict Cumberbatch), and oozes London's particular brand of magic and versatility. It's perfect for a sunny gin and tonic picnic or a muddy, misty trudge. Bring the dogs, the kids, or simply your sketchpad for a poetic afternoon worthy of the Romantics.
- Sightseeing: "Make sure to devote at least two hours to Kenwood House, the stately house whose art collection includes pieces by Vermeer and Rembrandt."
- Best for Sightseeing Because: It's almost a borough unto itself, and a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.
- Romantic Things to Do: "In summer, Hampstead Heath hosts great firework concerts so pack a picnic and prepare for a super romantic evening with your partner."
- Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: Hampstead Heath is extremely romantic at any time of the year, for a walk, a picnic, or a run. Lots to see and do.