"The Heath and a whole lot more." Hampstead by planxty

Hampstead Travel Guide: 113 reviews and 321 photos

A delightful area.

Hampstead is a delightful area in North London, dominated by the famous Hampstead Heath, a larege open space in what is essentially fairly central London.

There is evidence of prehistoric people living in the area and it was said that the famous warrior Queen Boudicca (Boadicea) of the Iceni tribe was buried here, although there is no archaeological evidence for this. Subsequently, the Roman road to St. Albans was constructed over the Heath, and it is thought that a Saxon farmer clearing part of the forest for his "homestead" gave rise to the name Hampstead.

In medieaval times, a gallows was erected on the Heath and in 1524 a huge crowd gathered to watch a great flood that had been predicted which was to inundate London. Needless to say, it never materialised. The area was later again used by fleeing Londoners, this time attempting to escape the Great Plague.

the 18th century saw rapid expansion in the area with the population rising to 4300 in 1801. Over the years the area has had many famous residents with a good smattering of artistic types amongst them. These include Byron, Keats, H.G Wells, John Constable, Robert Louis Stevenson, John Galsworthy, J.B Priestley and Anna Pavlova.

Today, it continues to be a favourite residence for the artistc set, and is a very expensive part of london to live in, but well worth a visit. Apologies for the photo which was taken with a poor camera on an overcast day. I can assure you, on a clear day the views over london from the Heath are tremendous.

  • Last visit to Hampstead: Aug 2008
  • Intro Updated May 12, 2009
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    My first visit to Hampstead was four weeks ago when VT member Brittania2 (Colin) took us on a walking tour as part of our London VT meeting.

    • planxty's Profile Photo
      Aug 28, 2015 at 10:31 AM

      I know Colin nows that area very well and spends time there when he is in London. It is a very beutiful part of the city but way too expensive for me, I could not afford a garage there never mind a flat!

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Yes , three visits to London when i stayed with my Cousin, loved the area ;-)))

    • planxty's Profile Photo
      Feb 1, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Ken, if you get back, look me up and we can meet. It would be great to show you round this great city. fergy.

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:08 AM

    Beautiful view from the heath especially if people plan to walk a little - good page


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