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Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath is a large, ancient park in North London covering 320 hectares (790 acres) and just 6 miles from Trafalgar Square. Hampstead Heath is the wildest of London’s parks and a fantastic place to escape the city and return to nature. During the summer it is a fantastic place to sunbathe, picnic and cool off in the refreshing freshwater swimming pools. While in winter it’s a great place for a bracing walk and to while away an afternoon feeding the ducks and exploring the lush woodland, meadows and bogs, much of which is designated as areas of scientific interest by English Nature.

Londoner’s Local Info: The Western side of the Heath is a popular gay cruising area. George Michelin in particular has been a vocal admirer of its nocturnal charms.

Hampstead Heath Highlights

Parliament Hill
This is one of the highest points in London and its summit provides a fantastic view of the city. St Pauls, the Canary Wharf tower and the London Eye can all be viewed from here. It’s a popular spot for kite flyers and lovers.

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Hampstead Heath has 3 three open-air public swimming ponds (Men only, Ladies only and Mixed).
Running along the Eastern Perimeter these freshwater ponds are a fantastic place to cool off on a hot sunny day. Or can give you a racing swim in winter.
Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds Opening Times:
The swimming ponds are open every day of the year from 7am.

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Kenwood House
In the North East corner of the park is Kenwood House one of London’s most beautiful period houses. It has a lovely café where you can have cream teas. It also hosts a superb collection of paintings, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner and Gainsborough, as well as the Suffolk collection of rare Elizabethan portraits.

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Sherlock Holmes Museum

Sherlock Holmes, the worlds greatest fictional detective, lived at 221b Baker Street, according to his books, between 1881-1904, and you can actually visit his home, because 221b Baker Street has been converted into The Sherlock Holmes Museum.

With the BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, the Hollywood Blockbusters with Robert Downey as Sherlock and the American series that moves Sherlock to New York and has Lucy Liu as a female Dr Watson, Sherlock Holmes has never been so popular, so why not visit his original home?

The four storey building is protected due to its “special architectural and historical interest”, and the 1st floor study, overlooking Baker Street, is faithfully maintained to look as it would have been Victorian Times when Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson would have lived there.

A  Victorian policeman guards the entrance to the museum which is accessed via the shop, on the ground floor, which sells an abundance of Holmes related books and memorabilia.

There are three floors of exhibits, including some great traditional Victorian pieces and well chosen artifacts representing Sherlock Holmes\’s detective days. For example, you can see the stick that was said to belong to Dr Mortimer in the Hound of the Baskervilles and the club that was used to kill Colonel Barclay in The Crooked Man.

Sherlock Holmes House and Museum Opening Times:
Open every day of the year (except Christmas Day) from 9.30 am – 6pm
Admission:  Adult £6  Child £4 (under 16 years old)

Nearest Underground Station:  Baker Street

Location:  The Sherlock Holmes Museum, 221b Baker Street, London NW1 6XE

St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral is London’s greatest cathedral and its elegant dome is one of the most recognised symbols of London. Christopher Wren’s masterpiece has squatted imposingly in the City of London for the past 300 years. It famously withstood the bombardment of the Blitz and has become something of a monument to the determination and resilience of London and Londoners in general.

You can visit the cathedral to admire its architectural splendour, its crypt – including Nelson and Wellington’s tombs – and marvel at the uncanny acoustics in the famous Whispering Gallery.

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St Pauls Cathedral Opening Times
Mon – Sat:   8.30 am – 4pm
Last tickets are sold at 4pm and the cathedral closes for sightseeing at 4.30pm.
Sunday:  Open for worshippers only. No visitors.

Nearest Underground Station: St Paul’s (Central Line)

Address:  St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD