Hampstead is one of London’s prettiest villages. It has beautiful houses to admire, cobbled streets to walk along and many cute cafes and shops to enjoy. I’ve spent many an afternoon strolling around the village and always recommend it to people who want to get out of Central London for the day and experience something a bit slower and less touristy. They are no big landmarks to see or tourist attractions. That’s why I like it.
Below I have put an example walking tour for you so you can experience the best of Hampstead via your own self-guided walking tour. I’ve even put a map for you to follow.
How do I get there?
Hampstead is in North London. It has three stations nearby. Hampstead Tube Station is on the underground using the Northern Line. It also had two Overground stations, Hampstead Heath and West Hampstead. Hampstead underground and Hampstead Heath overground are a short walk away from each other and less than a 5-minute walk to the centre. West Hampstead, however, is about a 25-minute walk from the centre of the village.
Start by arriving at Hampstead Heath Overground Station.
When you come out of the station turn right and walk up to Parliament Hill. After a 10 minute walk, you will arrive at Parliament Hill view point which has incredible views across London. Check out my blog on where to see London’s best FREE views here.
Walk through the park and exit to arrive on Keats Grove.
Walk along Keats Grove for just a minute and you’ll see a little street to the left which has some lovely houses to admire.
Come back onto Keats Grove and walk up Devonshire Hill and past Keats House. Keats House is the former home of the famous romantic poet, John Keats. There are more lovely houses to see on this street.
After a 5 minute walk, you will arrive at Hampstead High Street which has lots of lovely cafes, shops pubs and restaurants to enjoy.
About halfway up the high street, you’ll come to a road on your left called Perrin’s Lane. At the beginning of Perrins lane is a famous crepe stand called Creperie de Hampstead. They have been there since 1980 and are a real landmark in the area. A great place for a walking lunch.
A 2-minute walk from Perrins Lane is Perrins Court which has more shops and cafes that are tucked away off the beaten track.
Come out of Perrins court and hop across the road to Flask Walk. There is a small antique market and some lovely flower shops.
Next, you will arrive at the bottom of Holly Hill. You’ll walk past a great pizza place L’antica Pizzeria.
Eventually, you’ll come to Holly Mount which is an adorable corner of Hampstead.
Turn back on yourself though Holly Mount and carry on up the hill towards Hampstead Grove. Finally, you’ll end at Fenton House and Gardens. A 17th century National Trust house you can choose to admire from the outside or pay to go in.
Remember, if you want to do it yourself you can follow along with the walking map I created!
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