This charming town lies northwest of London and features many popular...

Hampstead Heath provides excellent facilities for organised sport. With a lack of open space in surrounding densely populated boroughs, Hampstead Heath has a crucial role to play in providing sporting opportunities and promoting good health.

Hampstead Heath is a large space, and visitors may find it useful to compartmentalise the different sections.

Since May 2015 the area has been represented on Camden Council by Conservative Party councillors Tom Currie, Oliver Cooper and Stephen Stark.

A musical specifically focusing on the area, Les Bicyclettes de Belsize (1968), tells the story of a young man's cycle journey around Hampstead. After crashing into a billboard poster, he falls in love with the fashion model depicted on it.

Hampstead High St, Heath St, Rosslyn Hill and Haverstock Hill have a number of mid and upper market boutiques including Nicole Farhi, Gap, Karen Millen, Nine West, Kurt Geiger and Molton Brown.

Visit the iconic Hampstead Heath, a slice of true countryside just a few miles from central London.

Hampstead started to expand following the opening of the North London Railway in the 1860s (now the London Overground with passenger services operated by Transport for London), and expanded further after the Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway opened in 1907 (now part of London Underground's Northern line) and provided fast travel to central London.

First fashionable for its spa waters in the eighteenth century, Hampstead has long been London's most gorgeous hilltop hideaway. Between Hampstead Village and Highgate, its heath is a stunning, 791-acre patchwork of woodland, playing fields, swimming ponds and meadows. With its mix of picturesque countryside, historical buildings and cosmopolitan shops and restaurants, Hampstead is a breath of fresh air for even the most jaded Londoner.

There are a great many cultural references to Hampstead Heath, with perhaps some of the more notable being:

Many of the key historical sights are in a cluster within a ten minute walk of Hampstead tube station and therefore easily covered on foot. If you are planning a full day in the area, a morning visit to Hampstead Heath followed by lunch in Hampstead Village, and then an exploration of the historical attractions, makes for a good itinerary.

Historic pubs are widespread in this district and visitors will have few problems finding a good quality, rewarding option. A vintage of 200 years is by no means unusual for such establishments and many have colourful stories to tell.

Find out details of the Hampstead Heath committees and their meetings, agendas and minutes.

The district is served by the following tube stations:

The hospital was a women's only hospital on Pond Street and has now been converted into luxury flats. The Royal Free didn't exist at that time.

When our productions succeed to the point that demand outstrips supply, and we frequently enjoy full houses, a transfer to the West End allows a wider audience to see our work – as well as offering a chance for our regulars to see it a second time.

The growth of Hampstead is generally traced back to the 17th century. Trustees of the Well started advertising the medicinal qualities of the chalybeate waters (water impregnated with iron) in 1700. Although Hampstead Wells was initially most successful and fashionable, its popularity declined in the 1800s due to competition with other fashionable London spas. The spa was demolished in 1882, although a water fountain was left behind.

The nearest London Underground stations are Hampstead and Belsize Park on the Northern line and Swiss Cottage and Finchley Road on the Jubilee line. The stations are within Travelcard Zone 2. Hampstead is the boundary with Travelcard Zone 3. Construction of North End tube station was started but not completed.

Hampstead Heath railway station is situated by South End Green while Finchley Road & Frognal station is on the western side of Hampstead. Both stations are part of the London Overground network.

Elsewhere in the district, Primrose Hill has its own eating sub-culture centre around some chic outlets on Gloucester Avenue, and London's oldest vegetarian restaurant nearby. The West Hampstead and Swiss Cottage area has some good local restaurants.

There is a zoo, an athletics track, an education centre, extensive children's facilities, three swimming ponds and a Lido.

West Hampstead is less grand, and was traditionally a working class housing neighbourhood. Inevitably though, gentrification from about 1990 onwards changed all that, and the area is now a favoured residential area by young professionals. Aside from some budget accommodation, there is little of interest for the visitor here though.

This is a comparatively safe district of London. You are however still in the city, so be sensible, especially after dark. If you do run into any difficulties, these are the main police stations in the district:

Some scenes from An American Werewolf in London (1981) are shot on Hampstead Heath, Well Walk and Haverstock Hill. Harry and Judith are killed in Hampstead Heath, behind The Pryors on East Heath Road. Before David kills them, Harry and Judith get out of the taxi on East Heath Road at Well Walk.

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Among Hampstead's many pubs are a few traditional jewels, including:

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Join one of Camden Council's free weekly health walks and walk in a relaxed and friendly environment while enjoying Hampstead Heath.

Belsize Park is in many ways a southward extension of Hampstead Village, and is made up of many similarly grand residential streets with the odd gem of a restaurant. This is also home to one of the largest and most famous hospitals in London, the Royal Free.

The best advice for any visitors wishing to drive into Hampstead is, don't. This is a largely residential area, and there is virtually no on-street parking available. Residents' only parking spaces are guarded very jealously. With the public transport links being very good, there is little need for any visitor to drive into the district.

This charming town lies northwest of London and features many popular attractions including the Sigmund Freud Museum, Fenton House and John Keats' House.

The heath has much to offer to the visitor, but is generally not that well known as a tourist attraction. If you are visiting the city and simply want some fresh air and calm natural surroundings, then there is no better choice than jumping on the tube and coming for an early morning walk here. Both Hampstead and Belsize Park tube stations are about 10 minutes walk from the heath. The Overground Line station Hampstead Heath is right on the south western tip of the heath.

Hampstead School Westbere Road London NW2 3RT Telephone: 020 7794 8133 Email: enquiries@hampsteadschool.org.uk

Hampstead’s gloriously versatile Main Stage (no two shows will look the same) is the home of the fresh and unexpected. Entertaining and original theatre at its best.

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Downstairs is Hampstead’s popular intimate studio theatre, which solely produces new and unperformed plays. With a limited audience capacity, advance booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Hampstead Village and Belsize Park are well known for a wide selection of quality restaurants and cafés. The local resident population here is notably demanding, so any places that make it long term will be serving good food and providing good service. The daytime sees a café culture perhaps as strong as anywhere in London, and in the evening, restaurants attract visitors from all over London, as well as neighbourhood locals.

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Hampstead has a major bus terminus known as Hampstead Heath located in South End Green. Its most frequent service is Route 24 which for over 100 years has linked this area with the West End, Victoria and Grosvenor Road in Pimlico. Bus routes that currently serve Hampstead are: 24 46 168 210 268 603 C11 and N5.

In the 20th century, a number of notable buildings were created including: