Over the weekend, we ventured to the Hampstead area of London, which is part of the borough of Camden. Hampstead boasts a charming, village-like atmosphere with narrow streets and specialty shops. It is an attractive residential area to live in and one of the most expensive areas to buy a home in. The town houses and mansion blocks are neat and tidy and perfectly manicured. Hampstead is also home to the grand, hilly, open space called Hampstead Heath, or simply, “the Heath”.
In the 18th Century, Hampstead was known for its therapeutic spa water which was sold to Londoners and visitors alike. The fountain, pictured above, marks the site of the well that once provided this rich chalybeate water.
We stopped for lunch at The Wells Tavern—a fantastic pub & restaurant. It is said that The Wells Tavern was once an inn that accommodated those who engaged in “forbidden acts”, however, the staff could not confirm if this was true or not (but what a good story, eh?). Nevertheless, it’s a lively space in an otherwise quiet neighborhood.
The Heath is one of the highest points in London and has some of the best views of the city. It covers about 790 acres and includes several ponds which makes it a popular place to run, walk, swim and retreat from city life. It is rustic and natural and our favorite park in the city because of this. We walked to the top of Parliament Hill to enjoy the broad view of London, even though the cloudy sky concealed a good part of it.
We had a fun day roaming around Hampstead & the Heath and will return in the summer as Kevin would like to do some swimming with the ducks. : )
The Wells Tavern
30 Well Walk, Hampstead
Hmmm. What exactly does a butcher do?