Every week The Insider brings little known spots and activities (in London this time) to you. How to better spend a lovely and warm spring Saturday afternoon than exploring this beautiful treasure in North London? It’s mid-May and the weather has been very kind to us here – perfect for a walk in the park. Hampstead is not only known for being one of the most expensive parts of London but also one of the most beautiful. I love strolling through the streets, discovering the village and surroundings. Hampstead is especially beautiful because it maintains its village-charm and feels very rural with its massive park Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill. Probably one of the most famous recreational spaces in London and very popular on hot days are the three bathing ponds – one for men, one for women and a mixed one.
Pergola & Hill Gardens
A beautiful, hidden garden in West Heath that is little known even to Londoners. It used to be part of the Inverforth House built by Viscount Leverhulme (the then owner of Lever Brothers, now Unilever). After the gardens have been redone in the 1990s they are now open to the public. The adjacent Hill Gardens are not only popular by those who know about them but also artists value them.
The Hill Gardens and pont
The Hill Gardens
Pergola and Mansion
Good to know
- The Pergola and Hill Gardens are open to the public from 7.30 to dusk (seasonal) and free.
- From the tube stop (Hampstead or Golders Green – both on the Northern Line) it’s a 15 min walk or alternatively take the bus .
- Location: N End Way, NW3
- For more information on travel and what to do in Hampstead click here.