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  • “Hampstead Heath has a variety of landscapes: heathland, meadows, hills, ponds and lakes.” in 22 reviews

  • “Situated on the handy Northern line, this place is great for walking, running and picnics!” in 22 reviews

  • “The heath is a wonderful place to clear your mind and enjoy nature.” in 11 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating

    Beautiful and vast park.  Truly an oasis from the chaos of London.  Apparently there are great places to swim here which I never used.  

    Wonderful hiking trails with amazing vistas of the London skyline in the horizon.  

    Horseback riding goes on here too.

  • 5.0 star rating

    Piece of countryside not so far from the city center with unique views from the hills toward the skyscrapers in The City.

  • 5.0 star rating

    I always love spending time at the Hampstead Heath. I think it's one of the best parks in London, especially for romantic walks. It is perfectly preserved and well-maintained.

  • 5.0 star rating

    We walked from the top to the bottom of Hampstead Heath and wow, what a place! It is the absolute perfect place to spend a warm summer evening in London. There are lots of ponds to laze around, a separate men and women's bathing pond (is it really necessary to keep genders separate these days?!) and plenty of grass to lie in, throw a ball around or read a book. While we were there a lovely children's festival was in full swing, a live band was going for it in the rotunda and bikes pulling full sound systems were parked up through the park creating a really great atmosphere. I really recommend taking a picnic and taking in this beautiful place, it's really a peaceful green haven in the middle of a big city.

  • 5.0 star rating

    I cannot rave enough about this place. I could spend everyday here, rain or shine. I try to visit weekly, and every time I do I find myself falling in love a little bit more. There is so much to be explored; hundreds of trails and paths to wander. There are plenty of spaces to sprawl out with a blanket and eat lunch, read a book, have a picnic, or just doze off for a bit. It reminds me of something out of a Winnie the Pooh storybook... Like the Hundred Acre Woods. Have yet to run into any heffalumps or woozles though.

    Being here, I feel more at home... At ease, relaxed and content. It's a wonderfully refreshing and much needed getaway only a couple miles north of the bustling city center. You can breathe, hear nothing but birds, and completely lose track of time just wandering and soaking in the beauty.

    I recommend a trip to the Heath to visitors and London locals alike! No doubt you will have one of the most enjoyable days spent here.

    Oh, and make sure to stop by the ice cream truck and get a clotted cream ice cream cone after your lovely hike! Major yum.

  • 4.0 star rating
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    What a beautiful park! Once you get a few minutes into it, it feels like a forest, not like you're in the middle of a city. I especially enjoyed the calm ponds and hills with views of the city on the east side of the park. Lovely place to be as the sun is setting.

  • 5.0 star rating

    Walking in Hampstead Heath is like walking in the countryside, it is amazingly beautiful & sometimes hauntingly quiet, the best place to get away from the city, explore & take in the view. :)

    12 puppies ran towards me on my first walk there, probably why I consider it the best park in London.

  • 4.0 star rating
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    This is London's Griffith Park.

    It's treesy, lakey and grassy. It's out-of-the-way North so there are lots of things to do for the people who like to get lost type. Paths and benches, nature, fine.

    After eight months in the beginning of May, England finally reached 20 (60s fahrenheit) and everyone ran outside half-naked, desperate to soak in local colour. A warm British sun is not toxic burning orange but kind of cool peach. A warm day here is like somewhat ripe fruit.

    What else about this: you can go swimming here, biking is heavily restricted here but there are paths. No barclays bike stations up here nor bike hires. Soon, I hope? Boo.

  • 5.0 star rating

    If you are tired from the bustle of the big city, you need some emotional/physical relax somewhere pretty far with the piece with nature..  Come on in to Wonderland :)
    The most peaceful park that I've ver been to..

  • 5.0 star rating

    Breathe in, breathe out.

    Places like Hampstead Heath make you realize that Walt Whitman was spot on when he said "Either define the moment or the moment will define you."

    I accept Time absolutely.
    It alone is without flaw,
    It alone rounds and completes all,
    That mystic baffling wonder.

    Love, that is all the earth to lovers -- love, that mocks time and space,
    Love, that is day and night -- love, that is sun and moon and stars,
    Love, that is crimson, sumptuous, sick with perfume,
    No other words but words of love, no other thought but love.

  • 5.0 star rating

    I can't believe it took me 2.5 years of living in London to discover the paradise that is Hampstead Heath, or to take my top off in public (more on that later).  I ambled around on a scorching hot day and was impressed by the rolling hills, ponds and loose landscaping which sit in the middle of a venn diagram of countryside-park-stately home gardens - forest.  Just lovely.  I agree with the Yelper who said that there seemed to be ample space for everyone to find their own quiet spot for a sit or a picnic.  The view from Parliament Hill is pretty cool and worth a look.

    I was totally enchanted by the ladies' swimming pond, which is now one of my favourite places in London.  I can't praise it highly enough.  An oasis of sisterly tranquillity.  The pond is big enough that it didn't feel at all crowded,and being free of teenage boys,girls impressing teenage boys,or shrieking children,  it is delightfully peaceful and laid-back.  Dragonflies danced overhead, ducks and other birds nested and swam, and the earthy fresh water felt extremely invigorating (it was admittedly freezing).  

    A stunning spot to swim and unwind, and at £2, it makes a mockery of the whole relaxation/spa industry really.  I guarantee that a plunge in this pond will be good for what ails you.

    You can then sunbathe (topless if you want - but plenty weren't too) in one of the two little meadows by the water.  I emerged from the pond feeling at-one with nature and (briefly) at peace with all my fellow humans, so it was a perfect ending to lay down with a book with other relaxed boho ladies of all shapes, reading and enjoying the warm sun on our nips.  Simple pleasures!

    Although it won't bring out my inner hippy in the same way, I am looking forward to dragging my partner out with me to have a swim in the mixed pool.

  • 5.0 star rating

    Green, green grass like - woah that's grassy and green and all that jazz.

    I have spent the last 2 weekends on the heath and rightly so with this fabulous weather we're having. If you want a good view of London or if you have the desire to fly a kite, head up to Parliament Hill. If you just want to sit and sun yourself, the entrance near to Gail's and Hampstead underground is good. For walking - everywhere. Bring your dog, they'll love it.

    Word or warning, don't arrange to meet someone "on hampstead heath" you'll never find each other as phone reception around is a bit dodge and it massive.

  • 5.0 star rating
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    How have I not reviewed Hampstead Heath by now? Amazing place.

    A little forest escape in this  big ol city. You come out of the overground station and woop there it is.

    Go get lost...in the nicest use of the phrase.

  • 5.0 star rating

    Prepare yourself to get lost in the forest ! When you are a Parisian like me and used to have park like Luxembourg where most of the space is in fact gravels and paths, just knowing than in the center of London, ok let say in the North of London you have place sucha as Hampstead Heath, a huge and green park that also contain some forest, is quite remarquable.

    It's really well situated and you have few tube station around the park where you can start or end your walk so you can easily cross the park without need to come back to the same place.

    Funny detail to know for the curious the park is under the management of the City of London which run few places outside the City itself.

    The only negative comment I could make is to warn the laziest one that Hampstead while situated on a hill, most of the time you will be either going up or down but except this it's really an amazing place with just great green surroundings : lake, ducks, meadow, gardens and a great view over London :-)

    Simply gorgeous ! After a nice walk just finish in one of the nice pub that surround the park for a drink or a good meal, the best way to end your day in the area.

  • 5.0 star rating
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    One of the best places to be in London on a beautiful spring day. Great for picnics, people watching, an icy dip in the pond, ball games, foraging, tree climbing, exploring (with or without children) and lapping up the sun.

    Just don't bring your BBQ, or the ice-cream licking constabulary will tell you off.

  • 3.0 star rating

    Hampstead Heath is another great option for people who are looking to explore London on a budget or just to get away from bustle of the big city. Hampstead Heath is an oasis of nature much like Central Park is to NYC.

    The Heath is located a few tube stops away from the heart of London (maybe 20 minutes) and is a sprawling area of lush greenery. But I will say that that's most of what you will see here--trees, water, grass. Im sure it would be an awesome spot to nap on the grass or have a picnic, but there certainly isnt as much to see there (or around there) as there is at someplace like Regent's Park or Hyde Park. The one thing these parks can't match though is the view. At its highest point, you can see all of London from Hampstead Heath--it's really a nice scene.

    My recommendation would be to make Hampstead Heath a part of your travel plans if you have some recreational activity in mind--perhaps some frisbee, tennis, or a picnic. I think it will also appeal to nature lovers, walkers, and those traveling on a budget.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/7/2009 Updated review
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    After getting lost in Highgate I stumbled across what looked like a stunning park. My shocking geography skills meant I had no idea that I had come across the north eastern tip of Hampstead Heath. Not only this but I found tennis courts galore, bowls, pétanque pitches and a whole calender of theatre going on every month.

    The people sunning themselves on this particular day had that easy relaxed vibe of affluent young professionals. There wasn't a crazy in sight. I fell in love with Highgate so wanted to study the heath a little closer, in the hope of finding another gem of a village. I noticed Golders Green. A few people in the know have told me that Golders Green has some great little spots. I will journey through the park to run the course over this little nook of my beloved north.

    I never knew the heath linked so many of north London's best neighbourhoods. The natural mass of green outdoor righteousness known as Hampstead Heath has got so much cooler.

    4.0 star rating
    17/1/2009 Previous review
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  • 5.0 star rating

    Everyone should visit Hampstead Heath. It is one of the most beautiful parks in London and has so much room for exploring. You can choose a variety of paths that take you on different walks. You feel like you are transported far away to the countryside. This is a lovely place to come for a picnic- you can always find an area that is quiet and relaxing. You can also take a nice hike up to Kenwood House which is a beautiful estate to visit. They also have a lovely cafe up there where you can get warm food and an assortment of cakes. There is also an ice cream station up there. Really lovely park and relaxing place to visit.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Ahhhh Hamstead Heath.. how beautiful thou are!

    A perfect spot.... just by Parliment Hill, views of the whole of London, sun shining, picnic ....

    I love this place !

  • 5.0 star rating

    On the Heath lets go and play
    especially on a wintry day
    when snow just covers trees and ground
    and children come and ring around
    up and down the slopes they slide

    My bro and me in times gone by
    skipped the light fantastic, at least we try
    and up the hill, we and our coz
    sang of the merry wizard of oz
    and so it was

    Yeah, Hampstead Heath is a wonderful fairyland filled with trees and plants and flowers where you can wander for hours and find all sorts of magical happenings.  The bird life and the insect life carry on their daily routines and you have to walk silently.   There are byways you think are unexplored because there the timelessness can be felt.  

    The Heath has been around for what seems ever and there is a wonderful series called Duncton Wood by William Horwood who wrote about the sacred Burrows of Uffington and insiders know that it is based on Hampstead Heath.

    I grew up in Coventry and we used to go to Devil's Dungeon in the woods of Sherwood that run through middle England from Nottingham all the way down through the mid-lands  We used to walk in these woods, pick bluebells and, in the winter, sleigh down the steep sides of the Dungeon and up the other.  

    Make sure you visit the Heath and if you have the ears to hear and the eyes to see, you will know the magic.

  • 4.0 star rating

    I thought Primrose hill was the most beautiful park in London but, after being in Hampstead Heath I will have to review that....

    I was there last weekend and the place looked beautiful: it was a cold morning so the lakes were frozen, all the birds standing on it... amazing.

    I will come back in summer time and then i will have to make a choice: PH or HH?

  • 5.0 star rating

    Judging by every other review here, my opinion fits squarely in the mainstream.

    Wow. Gorgeous! This park is massive, with landscaping that seems more natural than manicured. I really felt like I was in the English countryside, rather than in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the tworld. Spending an afternoon here on a grassy knoll, playing with my baby nephew was astonishingly peaceful and relaxing.

    Tons of people around, and everybody was friendly and respectful of personal space. A lot of people were out in the open indulging in various personal vices, but from what I gather that's considerably more acceptable in the UK rather than the US.

    I didn't even scratch the surface of exploring this park, but the next time i'm visiting my family I will certainly make it a point to discover more.

  • 5.0 star rating
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    This is THE most GORGEOUS park in the city. So wide, green, open, peaceful.

    We went to the heath and had a massive picnic that lasted throughout the whole summers day. We parked ourselves under a massive tree to give us a little shade from the warm sun. Our eats were delicious, the weather was perfect, and the surroundings were just simply stunning. We just laid under the tree all day long while listening to the birds (and a few playing children). Whenever I visit the Heath I never find it to be crowded either, which helps keep it so lovely and just a wonderful place to relax.

    Go to the heath with a picnic, a bottle of white, and a good book. You'll have the perfect day. This park makes me proud to be a resident of Hampstead. Yep, I said it.

  • 5.0 star rating

    Being on Hampstead Heath is about as far away as you can get from the busy urban sprawl of London, both physically and mentally as it clings onto north London's fast disappearing bohemia. I really don't think I could survive the city without it.

    I come in all seasons to take advantage of the woodland, meadows and ponds. The space is so much more than a park as it retains an untampered, rustic naturalism about it. If the weather's nice you can take a dip in the ponds (one male only, one female only, and one mixed) and lounge about as if you were in a Monet. There's no chlorine and lane swimming here as you are surrounded by nature and it's just such a lovely experience that you couldn't imagine would exist in London. I've seen some people swimming all year through and it's a tribute to the fact that for many this area has become a ritually holistic haven.

    Another couple of key spots not to miss are: Parliament hill, offering the most fabulous panoramic view of our great capital that will really take your breath away. It's really quite humbling. People bang on about Primrose Hill for the perfect romantic setting, but this hill is by far my favourite. Kenwood House, which has a range of all-year events happening including classical music concerts on Summer evenings, and I definitely recommend you take a look at the glamorous library designed by Robert Adams inside. Last but not least the playground! There's nothing like a good swing from time-to-time, so if you've forgotten how much fun it is then no one will bat an eyelid if you want a go here.

    Hampstead is such a gorgeous village that you'd be mad not to stop off in one of the country style pubs, cafes or artisan delis on your way home, because believe me, you will have worked up a deserving appetite after spending the day here.

  • 5.0 star rating

    My favourite place in London!

    Great views of the city from Parliament HIll!  Enjoy an afternoon in the heath with your partner - and if you have a dog, bring them along!  The heath is a wonderful place to clear your mind and enjoy nature.  If you choose the right path - you might even end up in a farmer's market! :)  Or, better yet, at the Spanaird's Inn!

    Tip:  Stop by Le Pain Quotidien or Hampstead Butcher and get a hamper.  If you're going in the winter months, bring your wellies as it can get a bit muddy.

  • 5.0 star rating

    Thank goodness for blackberry GPS.  If I ever visit the West side of Hampstead, I get hopelessly lost and end up walking in circles.  This park is so big though, that they really do have something for everyone.  If you want trees with your nature, go to the West bit and walk around the forest trails and check out the mini zoo.  There's also Kenwood House and their gardens on the West side, so try to run through there and check out some of the vines and flowers before making your way to the East side of Hampstead to go to Parliament hill and get an amazing view of the city, one that certainly rivals Primrose hill.  There's a lot of grassy rolling hills in the middle so you can stake one out and feel like you're out in the countryside, they don't get too busy either so it's a great place to escape from tourists.

    The East side of the park is also home to the swimming ponds (one for women only, men only, and one mixed), tennis courts, bocce ball area, and a lot more people watching.  You know this is where George Michael got arrested for... yeah, that still goes on in some spots and if you know what kinds of people to keep an eye out for it actually makes for a hilarious drinking game "cottager, drink!"  "we already saw that one, drink two!!".  

    If it wasn't so expansive, I'd probably only give it 4 stars but the variety of the heath makes it at least 3 parks in one.

  • 5.0 star rating

    OK, why did I wait so long to go here?

    This is absolutely beautiful and I got totally lost wandering around but I found Parliament Hill and it was absolutely amazingly beautiful.  
    Trees and birds and bunnies and ponds and loads of space to sit around and read or people-watch or just sun yourself.  It's easy to forget you're in London!

    It's really just beautiful, that's the only word I have for it.

  • 5.0 star rating

    Hampstead Heath is simply a wonderful institution. This huge area of parkland just 4 miles (6km) north of Trafalgar Square is one of London's nicest areas to go for a walk (or a swim - see later) as it is maintained in a 'natural' state. The word 'heath' is a bit if a misnomer, as there's not much heathland in the sense that most people understand it, but lots of lovely woodland, as well as open expanses of grass, and streams, ponds and the odd bog. Various tracts are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).

    The Heath actually belongs to the Corporation of London, and was acquired through various Acts of Parliament as a park for Londoners between 1871 and 1906, to prevent it being swallowed up by London's expanding suburbs. The 791 acres (320 hectares) includes the grounds of Kenwood House, managed by English Heritage.

    The Heath is the only surviving part of the once great Middlesex Forest. There are all sorts of oddities scattered around, including a Saxon boundary ditch from 986 AD, and the remains of past minor industrial activity, such as sand digging on (where else?) Sandy Heath. In the 18th and early 19th century, it became a popular site for wealthy Londoners to visit, and Constable painted a number of pictures of the Heath. It was also the site of a number of early reservoirs supplying London's drinking water: there are 25 ponds remaining, though none is now used for water supply.

    The Heath is a haven for wildlife, small mammals and birds especially, as well as flora and fungi. Needless to say, it is very popular with families and children, though given the ponds (deep water) and the huge extent of woodland, they need to be supervised. There are eight fenced children's play areas within the Heath, which are a good bet for small children, and there is an active programme for school parties. It is also popular with joggers, cyclists (there are designated cycle-routes), dog walkers and nannies - groups of whom can often be seen taking their charges for a walk in push-chairs, during the week.

    A full events programme takes place throughout the year and includes jazz concerts, fishing teach-ins, fun fairs and children's summer entertainments. Regular guided walks and nature-spotting events are also organised. Parliament Hill is famous as a great view-point, as well as being popular for kite flying.

    The swimming comes from the famous bathing ponds - one for men, one for women (the 'Ladies' Pond), one mixed, and a lido - if you prefer your swimming a bit less 'natural'. The ponds are fed from natural streams, and give a wonderfully invigorating experience, but the water is cloudy and very, very cold, and you share them wish both fish and ducks! They all have changing facilities (small compulsory charge), with formalised opening times. The web-site has a section on the ponds and it is essential to read this first - for opening times, access arrangements, and safety.

    It is easily accessed from Hampstead Heath or Gospel Oak stations on the North London Line, or a ten minute walk from Hampstead or Belsize Park Underground stations (Northern Line). A number of bus routes also run through the park.

    At week-ends, the Heath (and the surrounding cafes) can be really busy, especially in summer - but on fine winter week-days you can almost have the parkland to yourself.

    (NB Especially at night-time, the western part of the Heath - behind the former pub known as Jack Straw's Castle - takes on a rather different character, as a notorious gay cruising ground. Be warned before you set off on an evening jog).

  • 5.0 star rating
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    Hampstead is one of London's larger parks. Perched above the city, the South end has great views once you've climbed a bit. Heading North West you come to an area with a lovely mix of wooded hillsides and open patches. I've seen rabbits openly grazing in daylight up there. Then there's the ponds. A whole selection of them, including some available for open air swimming for those who can deal with unheated water. In the North there's Kenwood House, and its grounds, but that's another review. Hampstead Heath is a lovely place to wander. I believe there's regular orienteering events, though I've never managed to get myself organised to take part. I have however picked a nice lot of blackberries. I've also spotted a pair of bright green parakeets: spreading from their colony in South West London I guess.

    For running, I didn't even think of measuring a route online. There's no hope! I don't know if a GPS would work. However if you are not bothering with the figures, it's a great place to go. There's steep slopes all over the place, but I find the ever changing scenery draws you on, so it's exhilarating rather than challenging. And it's nice to leave tarmac behind and get your feet on some natural soil.

    • Qype User scotti…
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    5.0 star rating

    Outstanding place to spend a weekend afternoon going for a stroll. It's not too far away from me and I love going for a wander there.

    It's big, very well looked after and has a huge amount of variety to it - from feeding the ducks, through visiting Kenwood House, to a bit of open air swimming. Just a great place for a sunny afternoon at the weekend.

    The surrounding area is great with the lovely Hampstead and Highate just nearby if you tire of the park - though I'm not sure why you would???

    • Qype User Timina…
    • Sydney, Australia
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    5.0 star rating

    Beautiful, huge park in north London. Large parts of it have been left wild, and even the manicured bits are mostly just cleared of trees with mown grass. You won't find flower beds and statues here: it's a park as it should be, with trees and bees. Like Hyde Park but more natural.

    There are miles of paths, some paved and some dirt. I used to run in here a lot when I lived nearby.

    There are several interesting spots inside the Heath, including Kenwood House (qype.co.uk/place/74437-K…) , the bathing ponds (qype.co.uk/place/68467-H…) , and Parliament Hill (qype.co.uk/place/32546-P…) .

    A great place for a picnic, for kite-flying, for viewing downtown London's skyscape, for running, or just for a walk. And there are great pubs at nearly every edge for when you take your leave: the Spaniard's Inn (qype.co.uk/place/82370-T…) and the Freemason's Arms (qype.co.uk/place/119134-…) are nice (and likely to be popular) choices.

    • Qype User Templa…
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    5.0 star rating

    London's largest ancient parkland, covering 3.2 km
    Hampstead Heath has a variety of landscapes: heathland, meadows, hills, ponds and lakes. In the 791 acres you can stroll, take a guided walk, jog, sunbathe, picnic, fish, play football, tennis or bowls and swim in one of the ponds or Parliament Hill Lido. An ancient barrow here is rumoured to be the burial ground of queen Boudicca, leader of the rebel Iceni tribe, who died in battle against the Romans in AD 61.
    Parliament Hill was a gun emplacement for the Parliamentarian troops during the Civil War, 40 years later. Today Parliament Hill is a popular spot for flying kites and for sailing model boats. Band concerts are held here on Sunday afternoons in the summer

    There are many reasons to go to Hampstead Heath..it was one of my favourite childhood playgrounds but I am an avid Python fan and this is a location :0)

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail - a film that made Ben Hur look like an Epic - was a 1975 comedy gem from those Python men who created a new style of satire and humour that takes an enviable place in entertainment history.

    Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin created this now legendary production and one of the many filming locations included London's very own Hampstead Heath.

    It was here that scenes such as Arthur approaching the first castle and Lancelot's running to Swamp Castle were filmed. It is probably advisable to take a visit and re-enact these classic momentsinvite me!

    • Qype User Helean…
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    3.0 star rating

    I go here quite a lot, usually on Saturdays with a running club because i's the closes thing you can get to that wild, wholesome, tree-dodging, running through the woods feeling without going all the way up to Epping Forest.

    It's one of those parks that is so pretty that people almost intuitively know that littering it would be a sin; although the lack of coherent signage over such a large surfance area means you're largely reliant on strangers to point you in the directions of some of the key attractions, like the Hampstead ladies pond for instance (my favourite, since it got a new tennis table) or Kenwood house, which is great for a fry-up should you desire one, oh! and then there are the concerts. Proms anyone? The streets are strangely narrow around here so you can only get parking by Kenwood. Don't try it elsewhere; it's double yellow hell around here!

    • Qype User Bodilk…
    • London
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    4.0 star rating

    Hampstead Heath is great for a long walk, as it is one of the London parks that does not just run out as you are trying to stretch your legs. I really like the more wild and forestry areas of the park because it does not feel like you are in busy London.
    The park has a nice mix of sports grounds, large lawns, ponds, paths and wilderness. It is the perfect place for a day out whether it be for picnics, walks or jogging.
    Take cake or lunch break at the Cafe at Kenwood House, where you can also have a look at their paintings collection. It is a lovely Georgian mansion and is worth a visit. The are also plant sales next door.
    A really nice day out even in the rain.

    • Qype User boywas…
    • London
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    5.0 star rating

    I've just moved to London, having lived in Derbyshire and Leicestershire for pretty much the past 15 years. And the thing that really makes the whole thing easier is Hampstead Heath.

    I'm a (very slow) runner, so head up from West Hampstead or get off the train at Highgate or Kentish Town and run the rest of the way home. I'm just starting to find my way around, but there's many runs worth of exploration to go yet before I know it all.

    Apart from the planes flying overhead, it's like a little slice of Derbyshire inside the M25. Perfect.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Of all the parks and open spaces in London Hampstead Heath seems to be the loudest.

    Perhaps this is the noise coming from the kids in the Lido, the general air of carefree partying in the background, or perhaps it's the bus stop near where we decided to sit down for a picnic, but tis isn't a polite park for quiet middle class families. Unless they're fun.

    There's plenty of variety here - from the child filled lido, to shady spots, to a cricket pitch and a bandstand - there is something for everybody - perhaps why it attracts so many different kinds of people.

    And that could be a problem for those middle class families. I don't find the sight of a half cut stoner dude chasing after a bag off weed that is caught on the wind while yelling an anguished 'NOOOOOOO!' intimating (I find it frickin' hilarious) - they might however. And that's the kind of thing you might find here.

    It's friendly and accepting of all sorts here - great for most, a bit scary for others.

    • Qype User Jonbo…
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    1.0 star rating

    Flowers are nice, flowers do their job.
    People are weird, people want control.
    Flowers are pretty, flowers run their course
    People think too much, people want the world.
    Flowers live a life, flowers serve a purpose
    People serve themselves, they search for a meaning.
    Flowers feed the chain, people are insane.
    Flowers dont want peace, they take what the wind blows
    People want control, control versus nature.
    Nature wants flowers. People want war.
    Flowers are forever. People are today.
    Flowers are pretty. Oh people.
    I say

    Hampstead Heath extension is a nice place to think.

    • Qype User 2purpl…
    • London
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    • 58 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Hampstead Heath is a great place to go for walks, and in the autumn there is usually a big fun fair there among some great views of London.

    Although it is one of the nicer parts of London, I wouldn't recommend hanging around there by yourself at night as things aren't really what they used to be. Several celebrities live or have lived in that area and so the prices are kept up.

    I can recommend some of the little trinket shops leading up to the Royal Free Hospital for those of you who like girly stuff.

    • Qype User Liam…
    • London
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    • 88 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    If you want to have a wonder in a more wild feeling park, Hampstead Heath is perfect. Situated on the handy Northern line, this place is great for walking, running and picnics! There are natural swimming pools for the very brave and plenty of walking/running paths.

    Walk up to Kenningwood House for a cup of tea and a nice view (location used in Notting Hill film).

    Best view: Parliament Hill

    Avoid at night - except if your into dogging

    • Qype User merlin…
    • London
    • 18 friends
    • 50 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Great park, conveniently located near enough to the city to be easy to get to, yet far enough away to be nice and green.

    Great place to come fly your kite (up on Kite Hill :)), there's a cafe and Lido for the child in you and plenty of amenities doted around close by - perfect for a lazy summer Sunday afternoon.

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