Walk to Hampstead

I like London, and am glad we live in such a big, friendly city. But North London is where we live, and there are many interesting things to see and do here. One thing we often do is walk across Hampstead Heath, one of many green spaces in London, and I always enjoy doing so, especially on a sunny day.

Hampstead Heath
Hampstead Heath

One day with nice weather, we decided to walk across the Heath towards Hampstead itself, with the goal of checking out a burger restaurant in the neighbourhood.

Firstly, we left the house and began our walk by walking up The Bishops Avenue, a street with many trees. It is also known as Billionaire’s Row, because it has very large houses in which many rich people live. Next, when we reached the top, we walked through the grounds of Kenwood House, which are part of Hampstead Heath. Kenwood House is an 18th Century mansion in which Lord Mansfield lived, and in the grounds, there are beautiful flowers that bloom every spring.

Kenwood House
Kenwood House

After stopping to admire the colourful flowers, we continued on out of the grounds and through the main Heath itself. It is a great spot to relax in the summer, and it is very green. We exited the Heath at Hampstead Village, then walked past many pretty houses to get to Hampstead High Street. We then reached the burger restaurant, Spielburger.

Hampstead High Street
Hampstead High Street

The restaurant had an eclectic, American atmosphere. We first ordered corn chips and guacamole for the table, which made a nice starter. We also ordered our drinks; I got a refreshing glass of lemonade. Then our burgers came; I got a house burger, which came with many different toppings including cheese, bacon, pickles, red onion and house sauce, and chips on the side. It was delicious, probably one of the best burgers I have ever eaten.

Spielburger
Spielburger

Afterwards, we had dessert: some scrumptious ice cream from a chocolate shop called Venchi, which started in Italy and now has many locations in different cities. I got hazelnut flavour.

We then started walking home a different way: via the back streets of Hampstead. Hampstead is a hilltop village, which started growing in the 17th Century, and then got swallowed up by London.

Red Telephone Boxes in Hampstead
Red Telephone Boxes in Hampstead

We passed Fenton House, a merchant’s house from the 17th Century, and the Whitestone Pond, which is London’s highest point. Afterwards, we continued down Spaniards Road and past the Spaniards Inn, a pub that dates back to 1585 and is one of London’s oldest. There is also a small tollgate house built around 1710.

Plaque on the side of the Tollgate
Plaque on the side of the Tollgate

We finally walked back down The Bishops Avenue and arrived back at home.

I really enjoyed the walk that we took through the lush Hampstead Heath and the historical Hampstead Village, and having a fabulous, hearty lunch at Spielburger.  I recommend visiting Hampstead and its Heath to anyone living in London or visiting the city. Hampstead is only a few tube stations from Central London on the Northern Line, as well as being less than three miles from where we live.

3 thoughts on “Walk to Hampstead”

  1. Wow Alex – that sounds like a really lovely walk! The houses on Bishop’s Avenue are massive, and I would love to have a look inside one. I am very lucky as my school is near Hampstead, so we often have our PE lessons and Sports Day on the Heath. Hampstead is one of my favourite parts of London, and I’d love to go on a walk like you did someday. 🙂

  2. Alex, I felt as tho I had been there with you on that walk. You painted lovely word pictures of the lush heath, the scrumptious burger, refreshing lemonade and the walk itself. Thank you for another wonderfully relaxing journey through London’s interesting places.

  3. My favorite walk in London! 🙂
    Also can’t wait to try that burger place when I visit next!
    xoxo

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