Hampstead Hotels - London
Mini guide to Hampstead
Hampstead is a wonderful area to stroll around on foot. Until the 18th century,
this area was no more than a village outside London until the discovery of a mineral
spring, when it became a gathering place for fashionable members of society to
take its therapeutic spring water. Today Hampstead still retains its quaint character,
but is an up-market residential area boasting trendy cafés, restaurants
and shops. It is also home to Hampstead Heath, covering 790 acres, a popular weekend
getaway for Londoners, and one of the loveliest nature areas in the city.
Church Row is one of Hampstead's most beautiful streets. The street is lined
on either side with elegant terraced Georgian houses. At the end of the road
is St. John's at Hampstead, the parish church with a tall tower, built in 1745.
Here is a bust of the poet John Keats, who lived in Hampstead before his death
in 1821. Also, the grave of the painter John Constable and his wife is located
in the churchyard.
Hampstead Heath is the biggest attraction in the area and only a 10-minute
walk from the village. It is a wild undulating wilderness full of magnificent
oak trees, grassy fields, private groves and serene ponds which you can swim
in. The Heath is large enough to swallow the crowd and provides excellent views
of London from Parliament hill. In the summer you can attend open-air classical
concerts on the lawn in front of the stately Kenwood House, take tea there or
visit the museum contents of its interior.
A little south of Hampstead lies Camden Town centre, with its famous bohemian
character and crowded weekend Camden Market - the largest street market in the
UK. The selection of goods on offer is eclectic and great for browsing. Access
is via Camden Town and Chalk Farm tube stations. There is also a good pub area
located beside the picturesque Camden Lock.
Hampstead is not home to any large hotels, but has many quaint smaller hotels.
It is a wonderfully quiet, yet metropolitan area to stay in and explore. The
predominantly jewish area of Golders Green, to the North, also has several affordable
hotels. The area is serviced by the Northern Line which provides easy, though
occasionally unreliable, access to the centre of London.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Hampstead Britannia Hotel
Holiday Inn Hampstead
Quality Hotel Hampstead
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