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Hampstead Village & Heath Walk

You walk from Swiss Cottage up to Hampstead village and then into the big green Hampstead Heath. Small village feeling and wonderful views over London from Parliament Hill.

  • Starts Swiss Cottage tube – Ends Hampstead Station
  • ~4 hours
  • Freud Museum, John Constable grave, Holly Bush pub, Hampstead Heath, Parliament Hill, Keats House

1. Swiss Cottage Tube Station

The first Swiss Cottage Underground station opened in 1868. The district and the station are named after an old inn called The Swiss Tavern, styled like a house in the alps. Still, there is a pub called “Ye olde Swiss Cottage” in a Swiss chalet style. Close to the station you also find the Hampstead Theatre.

2. Freud Museum

When Sigmund Freud and his family escaped Austria in 1938 following the Nazi annexation, 20 Maresfield Garden became the family’s home. The house is filled with memories and feels like a home somebody just left. Welcome to the couch. Freud Museum

3. The Parish Church of St John

Parish Church of St John – The church has been here since at least 1312, records from the time were found in the books. In the churchyard, you find the family grave of the English romantic painter John Constable (1776-1837), most famous for his landscape paintings. Parish Church of St John

4. The Holly Bush

A nice place for a rest and refreshments before you continue your walk. After the stop at the Holly Bush, you continue to the Whitestone Pond, the source of The Lost River Westbourne.

5. The Burgh House

In the Burgh House, you find the Hampstead Museum. After walking around exploring the cosy streets of Hamstead it is perhaps time for lunch. There is also a café in the house, with the possibility of sitting outside if the sun is on your side.

6. Parliament Hill

Walk into Hampstead Heath, it is indeed a huge park stretching from Hampstead in the west to Highgate in the east. Walk down south to Parliament Hill with its magnificent London view protected by law.

7. Keats House

The poet John Keats (1795-1821) lived here from 1818-1820 when he had to move to a better climate because of his sickness of tuberculosis. This is his last home, which he rented a part of, in England and is now a museum and a literary centre. Keats House

8. Hampstead Station

The station is on the northern line. On the way to the station, you pass 2 Willow Road, a house with very modern architecture that was built in 1939. Hampstead Station