Hampstead Heath is London’s loveliest patch of green in a city famous for its parks. This is a wild park of woodland and meadows, tucked inside north London’s Zone Two - less than four miles from the centre, though you’d never know it. It sprawls over almost 800 acres and boasts some of the most spectacular views in the city. This is the park that inspired C.S. Lewis to write The Chronicles of Narnia, that Constable spent his final years painting, and its easy to see why.
Today, for many Londoners, there are few better ways to spend a Sunday than with a lazy ramble on the Heath, followed by a pint, or a roast, at one of our wonderful local pubs. The swimming ponds - particularly the women’s and men’s - hold almost mystical status among those brave enough to take a dip. Come to fly your kite on Parliament Hill, bring a picnic, and while away your afternoon as the locals do.
This is an unofficial site, built by Heath lovers for locals and visitors alike. I am in the process of modernising and rebuilding HampsteadHeath.net, so if you’ve visited us here before then I hope you like what I’ve done with it! If you’re new, welcome. I will be adding content over the weeks and months to come - more on aspects of our history, information on local pubs, sports facilities and more - so do check in again. In the meantime, happy exploring!
Hampstead Heath exists today thanks to a long, hard battle that was fought through the 1800s to protect one of the last remaining ‘lungs of London’ for everyone to enjoy. For over 200 years the Heath has been a hugely popular escape from the city, especially for the gigantic fairs that flourished here from around 1850, earning it the nickname ‘Appy ‘Ampstead. Read all about it here.
Journey times from the centre of London, say Kings Cross station, will be around 30-45 minutes. The main options are the Northern Line, the Overground, or the bus - check the Tube map, or visit Citymapper, to find your quickest route.
For more information on how to get to Hampstead Heath visit our Getting Here & Around page.