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.
Hampstead Heath Highlights
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.
Situated in the north-east corner of Hampstead Heath is Kenwood House, one of London’s most beautiful stately homes. It is open every day and is free to enter. It also has a very nice cafe.
Hampstead Heath has 3 open-air swimming ponds. Men, Women and Mixed.
Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds Opening Times:
The swimming ponds are open every day of the year from 7am.
Londoner’s Local Info: The Western side of the Heath is a popular gay cruising area. George Michelin in particular was a vocal admirer of its nocturnal charms.