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Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath is a great place for a stroll in the sun, a picnic or even to sail a model boat. Covering 800 acres the heath now also includes a number of formerly separate properties including Kenwood House on the north edge and The Hill, a formal garden to the east.On a clear day Parliament Hill at the south of the heath offers excellent views across London. Parliament Hill is also very popular with kite flyers.

For even more activity the heath has a mixed bathing pond near Parliament Hill. The mixed bathing pond is only open during the summer, not surprisingly as it's outdoor and unheated! However, for the really hardy there is a ladies only bathing bond near Kenwood Houses' grounds and a men only pond between the two. Amazingly these are open all year round!

A fun fair is held on the heath three times a year over the Easter, spring and late summer Bank holidays. Hampstead Heath British Rail Station is the nearest for the fair.

If you tire of the Heath it's just a short walk south to Hampstead High Street, which has an interesting, though expensive, selection of fashionable shops and restaurants.

Alternatively, take a walk from Parliament Hill past the ponds and out along the heathside streets, filled with upmarket properties. You will soon find yourself in Highgate.

Address: Hampstead Heath, London NW3 7JR

Nearest Underground (Tube) Stations: Hampstead Heath, Golders Green, Kentish Town and Archway.

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