Places to see in London Hampstead
Hampstead is a quiet, quaint and opulent part of north London with a huge number of hidden gems. Aside from the huge range of restaurants, cafés and boutiques on Hampstead High Street between Hampstead and Belsize Park, you’ve also got the open space on Hampstead Heath. Once there, you’ve got all manner of interesting outdoor activities, including a lido that you can swim in (if you’re brave enough).
Recommended Attraction in Hampstead
But our one must-see item is the Hampstead Pergola & Hill Gardens. Hidden away on West Heath, this beautiful turn-of-the-century stone walkway went into decline after the death of its creator, Lord Leverhulme, in 1925. This might not have been for the worst, however, as the huge stone walkway was gradually reclaimed by nature, and now it’s an idyllic, overgrown garden with spectacular views of London. It’s like you’ve walked into Rivendell.
Hampstead Attractions List
All the visitor attractions in Hampstead are within easy walking distance of each other, which makes the area easy to explore. The below itinerary has a selection of some of the best things to see in Hampstead. Make sure you use our Hampstead hotel booking service to book yourself an affordable place to stay.
Hampstead Theatre was founded in 1959 in a Scout Hall in the heart of Hampstead village. It moved to a portakabin in Swiss Cottage in 1992 and then to this state-of-the-art theatre. The Hampstead will occasionally do a revival of an old play, but its best to come here if you're looking for something fresh and innovative.
Address: Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 3EU
Phone: 020 7722 9301
This is ‘London’s best contemporary art space’ according to the Evening Standard. At Camden Arts Centre you can view art and experience the creative process of making and thinking about art. You’ll find artists giving talks, open studio sessions and workshops, and a series of live art performances.
Address: Arkwright Road, London NW3 6DG
Phone: 020 7472 5500
This is number 20 Maresfield Gardens and was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938. It remained the family home until Anna Freud, the youngest daughter, died in 1982. The centrepiece of the museum is Freud's library and study, preserved just as it was during his lifetime
Address: 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX
Burgh House was built in 1704 during Queen Anne's reign and Hampstead's colourful history is told in The Hampstead Museum, which is on the first floor. The collection includes works by famous artists such as Helen Allingham, George Charlton, and Donald Towner. Other highlights include the Mayor of Hampstead's chair, the flag of the first scout troop in the country, and a plaster penguin signed by famous authors in 1960!
Address: New End Square, London NW3 1LT
Phone: 020 7431 0144
These are the Lawn Road flats otherwise known as the Isokon Building. The concrete block of 34 flats was built as an experiment in communal living between 1933 and 1934. Early famous residents included Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and Agatha Christie (1940-46). The block has been granted Grade I listed status, placing it amongst the most architecturally-significant historical buildings in the UK!
Address: Lawn Road Hampstead, London NW3 2XD
Country Life magazine called Fenton House 'London's most enchanting country house'. This exquisite 17th-century estate, in the heart of Hampstead village, has a delightful walled garden with 300-year-old apple orchard; a fine collection of European, Oriental and English porcelain; an important collection of early keyboard instruments and rare examples of needlework pictures. Make sure you spend some time here…
Address: Hampstead Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 6SP
Phone: 020 7435 3471
This Grade I listed building and garden has changing exhibitions based on the poet John Keats and his era. Keats lived here for two years and the museum collection includes paintings, prints and relics belonging to him and his contemporaries.
Address: 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR
Phone: 020 7332 3868
Pax Lodge is the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) World Centre in London (one of four centres worldwide). It was opened in 1990 and provides a home away from home for Girl Guides and Scouts and a centre for educational sessions, international events and other activities..
Address: 12 Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead, London NW3 5PQ
Phone: 020 7435 2202
Love film? Then check out this luxury cinema experience at the Everyman Cinema Club. You could always indulge on a sofa in the Screening Lounge where you’ll get waiter service and fine wines!
Address: 5 Holly Bush Vale, London NW3 6TX
Phone: 0871 906 9060
Pentameters Theatre was founded in 1968 and during the last 38 years there have been hundreds of professional shows here. From Shakespeare, classic revivals and new plays, to alternative comedy and music and poetry events.
Address: 28 Heath Street, London NW3 6TE
Phone: 020 7435 3648
Hampstead Village still retains most of its original village charm, despite some of the modern high street names creeping in. When McDonalds tried to open up a shop in the High Street, in a Grade II listed building, there was strong local opposition, and eventually they had to agree to a severely toned down frontage, so the Hampstead McDonalds is like no other! Hampstead's streets are narrow and hilly, with alleys and lanes leading off. Beautiful cottages and buildings are everywhere and there are 18 Grade II Listed properties in Hampstead High Street alone. You’ll find some lovely boutiques and trendy shops here too.
This is The Chalybeate Well in Well Walk which marks the centre of the historic spa village of Hampstead.
Address: 62 Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, London NW3 1ND
Phone: 020 7435 1570
Hampstead is well known for traditional pubs like this one - the Holly Bush. It was originally the stable block to a nearby 17th century house. Painter George Romney bought the house and the stables in 1796, but after his death the stables were leased out and converted into a tavern in the early 1800's. The Holly Bush has a reputation for fine ales and great food.
Address: 22 Holly Mount, London NW3 6SG
Phone: 020 7435 2892
This is The Old Bull and Bush - a Grade II listed public house which gave its name to the music hall song "Down at the old Bull and Bush" sung by Florrie Forde. It’s one of North London’s famous landmark pubs dating back to 1721. The pub has been restored to its former glory incorporating the values of traditional pub hospitality together with modern designs featuring stone fired ovens, log burning hearths, deep leather seating and spacious teak furniture. Fancy one for the road?
Address: North End Road, Hampstead, London NW3 7HE
Phone: 020 8905 5456
Set in tranquil parkland with panoramic views over London, Kenwood House contains gorgeous interiors and important paintings by many great artists including Rembrandt, Turner, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Vermeer. There are also lakeside walks and meandering woodland paths to explore and enjoy.
Address: Hampstead Lane, London NW3 7JR
Phone: 020 7973 3427
Highgate Cemetery might not sound like an obvious attraction but here you get great views of London and will see imposing mausoleums and Karl Marx's tomb. It’s definitely worth taking a guided tour. It’s listed as a place of 'outstanding historical and architectural interest' and as a Grade II Park. Some 50 species of bird and 18 of butterfly have been spotted here, and among the spiders, there are three that are rarely sighted in the UK.
Address: Swain's Lane, London N6 6PJ
Phone: 020 8340 1834
This is Lauderdale House. It was built in 1582 for Sir Richard Martin, the three times Lord Mayor of London. Lauderdale House is now an arts and education centre based in the beautiful Waterlow Park. There’s an extensive programme of performances, workshops, outreach projects and exhibitions on offer here.
Address: Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG
Phone: 020 8348 8716
Hampstead Heath (locally known as ‘the Heath’) is London's largest ancient parkland covering 790 acres. This grassy public space sits astride a sandy ridge, one of the highest points in London, running from Hampstead to Highgate. The Heath is rambling and hilly with ponds, recent and ancient woodlands, a lido, playgrounds, and a training track.
Address: Hampstead Heath, London
South of the Heath is Parliament Hill, a focal point with a view that’s protected by law. It's thought that Parliament Hill took its name from being a point of defence during the English Civil War - a place for the troops loyal to Parliament. The highest part of Parliamment Hill is known as ‘Kite Hill’ - due to its popularity with kite flyers. The hill is around 321 feet high and it’s possible to see many of London’s key landmarks from here.
Address: Gordon House Road, London NW5 1QR
Phone: 020 7485 5757
The House of the Hill part of Hampstead Heath was built in 1904 by the famous philanthropist Lord Leverhulme for the purposes of parties that had great views, and he certainly achieved it! The house and gardens became abandoned and reclaimed by nature, but the benefits to visitors are sublime.
Address: North End Way, Hampstead, London NW3 7EX