"Hampstead Heath" Parks and Gardens Tip by dvideira
Parks and Gardens, London: 101 reviews and 117 photos
Favorite thing: Hampstead Heath divides the hilltop villages of Hampstead and Highgate and has a variety of landscapes: heathland, meadows, hills, ponds and lakes.
It is known as the "Lungs of London" and it is one of the capital's most popular green space.
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.
On the northern edge of Hampstead Heath is Kenwood House, a fine neo-classical mansion, now maintained by English Heritage. The house contains the Iveagh Bequest, the finest private collection of paintings ever given to the nation. In the summer Kenwood House hosts very popular lakeside concerts.
Fondest memory: What I like most about this place is that, unlike the other parks in London -- so ornamental and planned -- this one is
is a great semi-natural park, not "designed space" .
From Parliament Hill, to the south of Hampstead Heath, it offers magnificent views over central London.
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