Hampstead Underground station, London
Guided by David or Peter G. or Richard III
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Led by guides who know this area of London inside out (they’re locals), they don’t come much better than our Hampstead walk. Mr London Walks himself, David (who admittedly is rather biased) names this as his favourite London walking tour (just don’t tell the others!)
The North London district of Hampstead stands on the Northern Heights looking down on the City of London. The Northern Heights – David’s walk goes there – is the roof of London. It offers spectacular panoramic views across Greater London. As does Parliament Hill. On a clear day you can see all the way to Kent. That’s the big-picture view. Tighten the focus and you’ve got spectacular views of the City of London skyline.
The crown jewel of the Northern Heights is of course Kenwood with its lovely grounds and conservatory and arguably the finest private library in the land and of course its magnificent art gallery. Let alone its splendid cafe. And – embarrassment of riches – it’s free to visit.
But Hampstead’s chief glory is Hampstead Heath. Meadows and fields and ponds and trees – a huge stretch of countryside smack in the middle of a great world city. It’s unique. No other city in the world has anything like it. Those glorious green expanses aren’t just the focal point of Hampstead, they’re the key ingredient. They transform Hampstead from a lovely north London neighbourhood to something extraordinary.
Hampstead is like a country village (hence it being known as Hampstead Village) and yet it’s in the heart of London. Walk down Hampstead High Street and you’ll find the usual suspects, but it’s meandering through the winding walkways that will enable you to discover Hampstead, as you’ll find out on our circular Hampstead walk.
A mere 15 minutes on the tube from Hampstead tube station and you’re in buzzing Central London.
Hampstead is often referred to as Georgian, but its history goes way further back than that. We’re not talking 17th century either. There’s a recording of 986AD, but there is evidence of Mesolithic hunter-gatherers too.
Our London Walks Hampstead Village guides have such a wealth of knowledge about this area (and more). It means that you learn an awful lot in a small space of time. On a self-guided walk, you’d have to get stuck into Hampstead many times over a period of years to discover as much, and it wouldn’t be as much fun.
This arty suburb has attracted creatives for centuries. We’ll point out some houses of the famous (alive and dead) including John Constable, Boy George, H.G Wells, Wilkie Collins, Kenneth Clark, Kingsley Amis, Mr Bean, Ricky Gervais, Gerald DuMaurier and his daughter Daphne DuMaurier, Kenneth Clark, John Le Carre, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Judi Dench… the list just goes on and on.
John Keats started to write poetry here in The Vale of Health. John Constable painted skylines and his view of St Paul’s Cathedral from here.
You’ll see Fenton House, the oldest grand house in Hampstead, it’s a National Trust property. Then there’s Admiral’s House, built by a retired Navy Lieutenant (not an admiral at all). John Constable lived nearby and featured it in a painting too. P L Travers gained inspiration here that influenced the Mary Poppins story.
As you’d expect, we’ll walk around parts of the heath – West Heath and the main section with wonderful viewing platforms (like the one at Parliament Hill).
You’ll discover Well Walk (off East Heath Road) and Flask Walk, a lively, buzzing little pedestrian-only shopping lane with everything from antiques to sushi to a great pub (The Flask) and a Turkish barbers.
Our circular walk ends at Church Row.
A few other places to visit in Hampstead:
These places need time to explore properly in their own right. We highly recommend you do so.
Kenwood House – an English Heritage property that hosts incredible events and has a rich history to explore
Burgh House – a historic, Queen Anne listed home that incorporates Hampstead Museum
Highgate Ponds – are you brave enough for a dip on the east heath? It’s an exhilarating experience
The Holly Bush pub – a wonderful, traditional 18th century Georgian inn that has everything you want from a pub experience. Find it off Holly Bush Hill.
Hill Garden and pergola – a beautiful west heath Georgian arbour and terrace.
The Old Hampstead Village & Heath walk takes place at 10:30 am every Sunday morning, year-round. The Sunday morning walk is guided by David*
The Old Hampstead Village & Heath walk also takes place at 2 pm every Wednesday afternoon (except in January and February). The 2 pm Wednesday afternoon Hampstead walk is guided by Richard III or Peter.
The meeting point is just outside the exit of Hampstead underground station. That’s at the bottom of Heath Street and top of Hampstead High Street.
The walk ends in Church Row, Hampstead’s grandest street, just a stone’s throw from Hampstead Tube station.
Hear from our guides:
Hampstead: an introduction from David.
Another David podcast about Hampstead.
By Orchard Pond – David’s been out on Hampstead Heath listening to nature
Jan’s podcast on Hampstead Heath and Kenwood.
This is why you go on walking tours (well, it’s one reason, a helluva good reason)
Things to Do in Hampstead, A Local’s Guide
LONDON WALKS VIDEOS
David’s video number 1
And here’s our 2nd Hampstead film
If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, Hampstead Village & Heath it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Hampstead Village & Heath walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.
A wonderful ramble around a gorgeous part of London, informatively delivered with style, humour, and passion from a local guide who really knows his stuff. I have visited Hampstead so many times over the years and thought I had a pretty good knowledge, but David just kept the revelations coming and coming. A perfect mix of history, heath and higgledy-piggledy lanes, with interesting characters both past and present whose stories have shaped this unique part of London. Expertly delivered and thoroughly recommended. Thank you David.
Dave Thomas –
It’s not many guided walks that give you so much as David’s tour of Hampstead. He takes you to places you’re unlikely to find on your own then talks with the authority of someone who has researched not only what you see today but why it’s there, how it has changed and the connections of people past and present. He tells stories both first and second hand, that bring the place to life. At the end of the walk you feel you want to stay as there’s more to be discovered by your self.
Nancy D’Cruz –
10 out of 10 for a brilliant walk – well presented with so much love for the area – highly recommend!
L Popplewell –
What a fabulous tour we had around Hampstead Village and the Heath. We learned so many things not just about this area in particular but also about the history of London and more general historical insights. David is a wealth of knowledge and his enthusiasm and passion for his subject beams through. We had a wonderful morning and will definitely be back for more walks around London. Thank you David!
Deborah Whitton –
Thoroughly enjoyable! Despite the unseasonably cool weather David managed to heat up the day with his many stories about the history and uniqueness of this exquisite and charming corner of London. Highly recommend taking this walk under the guidance of such a masterful story teller.
What a magical way to spend a Sunday morning. David is an incredible guide, he takes you down some of the most charming little lanes, I felt like I was walking through some enchanting British novel. I’ve been to Hampstead a few times before but never discovered such gorgeous pockets. He explains everything with such clarity and passion, the whole tour is a delight, I couldn’t recommend it more!
Fabulous Hampstead walk, David was an excellent guide, it was a well thought out route encompassing Hampstead’s history, current day points of interest as well as amazing views of London.
Li & Family –
What a great walk on a glorious day! And to be guided by David, a knowledgeable, amiable, fun and compassionate scholar… not much can beat this Sunday walk in the Hampstead Village & Heath. My family decided to live in London for half a year to soak in the culture, history and everything else that London has to offer. My 14-year-old daughter, a child with a fascination of anything classic and old, and I decided to come on this walk and we both deem this to the best walk we’ve done in London, no matter if they are self guided, with local family and friends, with books or with other guided tour groups. David’s explanations and guiding really went above and beyond what one would expect of a guided walk, it’s more like following a knowledgeable and fun professor to walk through a work of history and literature. David adds little known anecdotes and his personal stories into the whole experience, making it impossible not to fall in love with this exquisitely unique and yet unmistakenly London corner of a great city. Any visitor who wants to dive deeper into London should start with this walk with David.
The following is a poem by the Poet Danni Abse who lived in Hampstead, which David quoted on the walk. It was so hauntingly beautiful that my daughter asked me to contact him to get the whole poem, which David graciously sent me.
(i) The Accident
I crawled from the noise of the upturned car
and the silence in the dark began to grow.
I called out her name again and again
to where neither words nor love could go.
I went to her funeral.
I went home that was not home.
What happened cannot keep.
Already there’s a perceptible change of light.
Put out that light. Shades
lengthen in the losing sun.
She is everywhere and nowhere
now that I am less than one.
Most days leave no visiting cards behind
and still consoling letters make me weep.
I must wait for pigeon memory
to fly away, come back changed
to inhabit aching somnolence
and disguising sleep.
What is more intimate
than a lover’s demure whisper?
Like the moment before Klimt’s The Kiss.
What more conspiratorial
than two people in love?
So it was all our eager summers
but now the yellow leaf has fallen
and the old rooted happiness
plucked out. Must I rejoice when
teardrops on a wire turn to ice?
Last night, lying in bed,
I remembered how, pensioners both,
before sleep, winter come,
your warm foot suddenly
would console my cold one.
(iv) Swan Song
Night fuzzy fairground music
and, like kids, we sat astride
daft horses bouncing on
the lit-wide Merry-Go-Round
to swagger away, serene,
old lovers hand in hand.
Now, solemn, I watch
the spellbound moon again,
its unfocused clone drowned
in Hampstead’s rush-dark pond
where a lone swan sings
without a sound.
Li & Child –
Wow! What a great walk on a glorious day! And to be guided by David, a knowledgeable, amiable, fun and compassionate scholar… not much can beat this Sunday walk in the Hampstead Village & Heath. My family decided to live in London for half a year to soak in the culture, history and everything else that London has to offer. My 14-year-old daughter, a child with a fascination of anything classic and old, and I decided to come on this walk and we both deem this to the best walk we’ve done in London, no matter if they are self guided, with local family and friends, with books or with other guided tour groups. David’s explanations and guiding really went above and beyond what one would expect of a guided walk, it’s more like following a knowledgeable and fun professor to walk through a work of history and literature. David adds little known anecdotes and his personal stories into the whole experience, making it impossible not to fall in love with this exquisitely unique and yet unmistakenly London corner of a great city. Any visitor who wants to dive deeper into London should start with this walk with David.
John P. –
I enjoyed a wonderful Hampstead Heath walking tour with David this past Sunday (2-19-23)! I had done a previous Kensington tour with David several years back, and once again he was excellent. His knowledge of the long history of Hampstead area, many of the individual homes, and the people who have lived in this area was super impressive and really brought everything to life. I had wanted to do this walk for years, and wanted to live there at the end. Well done…thanks David!
Helen Carty –
Lovely day for an entertaining and enlightening tour of Hampstead and the heath, by someone – David – who was very passionate about the area. Enjoyed it and its whet the appetite for more exploring, and probably more guided tours!! Thanks David!!
Lindsay kelsall –
Took part in this Hampstead Heath walk today ( 12th Feb 2023) with Richard III . It was so fabulous. Richard is a brilliant guide. This is only my 3rd London Walks walk, and truly enjoyable. Richard was so knowledgeable, and I was blown away. Not just a very educational and inspirational walk, but delivered with warm humour. I cannot stop telling people about my London walk and what I’ve learned! Brilliant.
Chris Elven –
We went on the Hampstead walk with Richard III today and really enjoyed it. Although I lived in London for about 10 years, I learned a great deal about Hampstead, its history and which glitterati live there now. (We even spotted Ricky Gervais out for a walk.) Richard was an excellent and omniscient guide with a wry sense of humour.
This walk was fun! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of history and interesting tales about previous residents of Hampstead. It poured with rain and we took shelter in a lovely pub where David, the guide, continued his commentary. David is a great speaker, very engaging, knowledgeable and courteous. Thank you!
Nigel Harding –
We’ve now done about a dozen of these walks and this one was right up there with the best. A very interesting and insightful wander around the village and heath with David displaying his great knowledge and love of the areas history through his guidance and commentary. We even bumped into one of the villages celebrity residents. We have no hesitation in recommending this walk to others.
We had a wonderful walk through Hampstead and the heath with David. I was worried it would be too cold and foggy but David’s unflagging enthusiasm was contagious (truly!) and we had a great time. The heath was beautifully sparkling with frost and we learned so much history. Highly recommend the walk, we covered a lot of ground and I loved all the interesting details he pointed out, from little decorative or historical features along the way to the presentation history of the heath.
Maya Nattel-Shay –
I’ve taken so many of London Walks, but this was by far the best. It was so informative, well guided and David loves the place so much you can see it. Great walk, great guide, come and see for yourselves!
What a perfect way to spend a Sunday – being guided by David through the streets and Heath of Hampstead. His love of the area and its unique beauty is infectious, and in a 2 hour walk we came to appreciate the history and significance of a part of London beyond the usual tourist stops. Highly recommend this particular tour, as well as the many other London Walks offered (I’ve done many!). They are an enjoyable, educational and cost effective way to experience all this great city has to offer!
Elizabeth Keyes –
I learned so much more than any self-guided or video tour could have shown me. David is an excellent resource of information. His love for Hampstead is evident in his added little-known stories and anecdotes.
I was running slightly behind schedule and when I called to ask if it would cause any problems for me to catch up with the group, the woman who answered was beyond helpful and encouraging.
I will definitely be booking more walks with London Walks.
Alexandria Procter –
Once again an incredible experience with London Walks! Thank you for making me fall in love with Hampstead and helping me discover so much hidden history and tasty cafes in the neighbourhood! Terrific experience. Can’t tell you how much so enjoyed this!
Marcus Hillier –
I have lived in London for over 20 years. I really enjoyed this tour. Hampstead is a very special place. David was a wonderful guide. I highly recommend this walk – and London Walks in general. There are many different walks available, throughout the week, with great guides and at a very reasonable price. I plan to eventually do all of them!
Matthew Barker –
What an insightful and eye opening walk… We covered famous residents, the battle for the Heath and Hampstead, and even managed to see some wonderful views. David was charming, told a good story, and knew his stuff. The perfect guide.
Be prepared for a bit of mud if you’re walking in the Autumn or Winter (hey, it’s London so maybe be prepared all year round), you’ll find yourself walking through the countryside.
AJ Johnson –
David is an accomplished presenter and provided wonderful anecdotes about a place he clearly loves. Our group was small so much personal attention. Extremely good value for money.
Tal Sarig –
David made me fall in love with Hampstead, and explore its fascinating past and present.
Jonathan Gorman –
David was a great guide, stufed full of facts and local knowledge but with a great delivery and infectious enthusiam. thankyou
Celeste Krishna –
Lovely tour! Highly recommend
Rainer Eisenbach –
We took part in this walk on the 23rd October and David was our guide. The tour was phantastic although it was a bit rainy at first. We have been to London many times and also Hampstead, but the insight and dephth of Davids tour was superb and all presented in an entertaining way and always open to personal questions. We can strongly recommend this tour and also other London walks we did earlier in the year were great. It should be a must for any London visitor at a very reasonable price.
Jo Hudaly –
Loved the 🚶♀️learnt a lot fascinating and helpful to read what you sent to refresh my memory! 😊 Look forward to the next 🚶♀️ want to do Greenwich ever thought of adding ot to your list?
Brevy Cannon –
This is one of the best walks! David is terrific, and the area is a crown jewel of London! Highly recommend! Not to be missed!
An excellent walk by a very knowledgeable tour guide. David knows his stuff and has loads to share. Love the attention to detail and breadth of knowledge.
Susan Griffin –
Great to hear about Hamstead from someone who is both passionate and very knowledgeable about the area. Great stories and anecdotes from David on Sunday.
Becky – October 2022 –
We had a beautiful morning walk with David in a stunning landscape. We wanted something different for our last day in London and this walk/talk exceeded our expectations. David’s knowledge and enthusiasm are amazing and we loved our quiet break in London. I highly recommend this walking tour.
I have recently moved to Hampstead so joined the walk to pick up some new facts and find some new spots for my own explorations. The walk was mainly tourists and a few locals. I enjoyed the pace, the stories and some personal anecdotes that made the tour feel quite special. I ended up going for a coffee afterwards with one of the other walk attendees- a lovely Sunday all round 🙂
Entertaining, fun, knowleadgeble, and very passionate. It’s really put Hampstead and its Heath into historic perspective for me, allowing me to enjoy my subsequent walks in the Heath even more. Great morning!
Brian Westbye –
You always remember that one great professor: the one whose enthusiasm and passion for their subject sucks you in and makes you a true believer. We were fortunate to have that experience with David on the Hampstead Village & Heath tour on Sunday, 01/10/2022. David’s knowledge of Hampstead and the Heath is contagious, and his presentation is absolutely memorable, like a great Shakespearean actor. I will always remember the beauty of Hampstead and the Heath, the glorious morning, the camaraderie of the tour, but I will especially remember the presentation, how the past and present of this amazing area came alive under the guidance of a great professor for one morning.
Karen Pettigrew –
David – a Shakespearean voice with a deep love of the heath and Hampstead and really great love of literature. Without his knowledge I would have missed out on so many fine details had I visited Hampstead on my own. With his guidance the Heath, the history, the viewing points, the architecture and so much more came vividly to life. A huge glowing star and a thank you! Go and do this walk (my 9th) – you won’t regret it and you will discover so much about this heath and village in the centre of a metropolis.
Mary Ulick –
This is my favorite walking tour. This September will be my 4th and each time, I bring a new person with me who is just as delighted as I am. Dave is a superb guide and after viewing all the beautiful and iconic places in the city center, this particular walk leaves me refreshed and relaxed “far from the maddening crowd.”
Tim Gifford –
A really fascinating and entertaining walk with David who holds Hampstead close to his heart. His inside information and good humour made for a very enjoyable two and a half hours. Highly recommended!
Tal Cohen –
K.C. Myers –
A Sunday walk through the Heath with David is like a riveting theatrical production. I am still processing some of David’s stories and enticed to research more – instead, I look forward to my next tour with him! This is no ordinary tour – guaranteed to impress and entertain! Thank you David for a lovely Sunday stroll through the Heath!
Abigail Franklin –
Hampstead is an absolutely gorgeous village within a city, and David could not have been a better guide to showcase its many wonders. A perfect combination of beautiful nature, stunning architecture, great stories, on a perfect day. Would take the tour a second time since it was so good.
It was our third Hampstead Village and Heath walk with David in 20 years… while I did not remember all the stories our guide told us in the past, I remembered the unique atmosphere of this walk. It is still very bucolic, quiet and enjoyable. David is kind, generous and attentive to everyone. He is not only knowledgeable, he is passionate about Hampstead. We highly recommend this walk.
Chris Hall –
What a wonderful tour, David educated us in the most effortless way about the preservation of the Heath. Apparently it was a long and hard fought battle. Interspersed with the gradual unfolding of this tale we were treated to the visual delight that is Hampstead village and stunning views across various London vistas, all delivered with David’s charm, wit and passion for his adopted village. The fascinating facts and observations came thick and fast, whilst the physical pace was gentle. (It is hilly which may deter some, but steps and handrails on the one steeper gradient aided accessibility, my dodgy knee coped just fine). This oasis in the city attracted, and continues to attract, gifted and creative people. Artists, actors, writers and musicians being particularly well represented. The architecture is varied and stunningly beautiful.
Thank goodness those visionaries were successful in preserving the Heath as common land for all Londoners to enjoy. No rewilding needed here! Nature has always found a home this corner of London. That’s how far ahead of their time those campaigners were.
The contrast between the bustling village and peace and tranquillity of the Heath gave the tour an unusual dimension and unique perspective.
Factor in some time to explore Hampstead village post tour and (top tip) have a light breakfast because there are some absolutely delightful places to eat! Can’t recommend this tour highly enough. Don’t dither, book it!
Susan Baron –
I enjoyed this walking tour of Hampstead with Richard III so much several years ago that I brought my daughter back with me in April 2022 to take it again. If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. Richard III is witty, kind, and incredibly knowledgeable. We spent a very fun couple of hours traipsing around the town of Hampstead — learning about John Keats, John Constable, the DuMauriers, and Hampstead architecture — just to name a few of the fascinating topics discussed during this amazing walk. I highly recommend leaving central London to learn about this erstwhile nearby village. You will see more London residents than tourists as the tube stop is at the outermost edge of Zone 2.
My daughter and I went on this walk and thought it was so fabulous we tried to recreate it for the rest of the family… kind of failed because we weren’t nearly as good as our guide… but also succeeded because we had discovered a gem!
I’ve been on 4 London Walks now—all different, each excellent.
This one might have been the “walkiest”—covered lots of ground, got all muddy… great fun!
We took the Hampstead Village & Heath walk with David. Although, I have lived in London for 20 years, he brought me to several areas I had never been too before. David has a tremendous knowledge of the area and a great ability and tell its stories. I have been on many guided walks and this ranks up there with the best. Thank you very much David!
I’ve been on several London Walks now and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. Each shows how varied different areas of London are, and the Hampstead and Heath walk by David introduced me to an area I’ve never visited before. David was most entertaining, with many interesting and sometimes quirky historical facts about the area. I was most interested in the story of how the Heath was saved from development over many years. We could just about make out the central London landmarks he pointed out from viewpoints despite the drizzle. I’m definitely planning to go back on a clearer day. Highly recommended.
Theresa Guppy –
What a perfect way to spend a Sunday morning – strolling around the fascinating streets and paths of Hampstead Village and Heath. You won’t find a more knowledgable and enthusiastic guide than David.
Fabulous walk. Interesting, entertaining and fun. A part of London we didn’t know brought vividly to life. And a pub lunch in a recommendation to finish. What’s not to like! We’ll be back.
Melanie Adegbite –
Fantastic walk, my guide David was extremely knowledgeable and he bought Hampstead Heath to life.
What a great few hours of history, humour, facts, walking and socialising.
I would highly recommend this for anyone particularly those that are new to London Walks. This was my first London Walk and I am already booking another for next weekend.
Thanks David for a great day.
What a great Sunday walk with David! He is a great storyteller indeed! He knows not just every corner of Hampstead Heath but also showed the most picturesque views, hidden paths, and the best angles. I know Hampstead quite well though I learnt a lot during the tour including new paths, very moving and sentimental stories, historical facts, architectural details, and names of people who lived or still enjoying this beautiful area. The best way to spend your Sunday morning is to explore this peaceful, well-off village with a knowledgeable and passionate guide. Thank you so much David, I truly enjoyed the walk today!
Irina Tolstova –
What an imazing walk on Sunday with David! He is a great story teller indeed! He knows not just every hidden corner of Hampstead village but also showed its best views and angles. Despite I know Hampstead really well I was happy I joined the tour as learnt lots of interesting facts, moving and sentimental stories and opened so many new paths, details of the architecture, history and famous names, of course! One of the best ways to spend your Sunday morning is to explore this beuatiful area with knowledgebale and passionate guide! Thank you, David! I truly enjoyed the walk.
Steve Lesley –
What a great way to spend a Sunday Morning! The tour uncovered parts and the History of Hampstead that the majority of people would never seek out. Thank you David
Chris Fisher –
It makes the world of difference when your guide isn’t working from a script but is speaking from extensive personal knowledge rooted in a deep and genuine interest. We went on the Hampstead walk with David on Boxing Day and despite the low misty cloud we thoroughly enjoyed the warm and enthusiastic way he shared his obvious love of the neighbourhood. Unfortunately because of the low cloud we couldn’t see any of the views which are a key feature of this walk. That’s the only excuse we need to go back and do it again in the summer. If you’re thinking of going on a London Walk don’t hold back. We’ve done several now and can recommend them highly.
D. Beckham –
“a wonderful tour, easily one of the best we’ve had in London”
I turned out to be the only person on this Walks tour (10/31/21), and David still gave me a fantastic tour and truly made my time in Hampstead one to remember. I would not have been able to learn as much and see as varied of walkways on my own had David not guided me through this wonderful walk. Taking this Walks tour, I learned and saw so much more thanks to David’s eyes than I could have on my own. I had planned on doing this tour and then going back to central London, but after this walk with David I decided to take my time and spent another hour discovering Hampstead on my own. I cannot wait to go back and discover even more of the village on my next trip to London.
Alice Kathryn Chen –
Spent a delightful morning walking with David of London Walks learning all about Hampstead and Hampstead Heath. Why? 1) Because once upon a time in high school, the only book I really enjoyed in my AP English was Return of the Native, and I decided it was very important that one day I experience a heath in person – couldn’t make it to Ogden Heath this time around (sorry Thomas Hardy) so Hampstead will have to suffice and 2) because as David so eloquently said “Hampstead is a place for those with particularly developed visual capacities” which I interpret as “It’s a place for people who like pretty and wild things” which is def me. Of all the neighborhoods I’ve visited in London, I’d def want to live in Hampstead among the artists, actors and brambles. If you are ever in London and you love to walk, look and learn with a charming human who clearly LOVES and knows all the nooks and crannies of his neighbourhood check out @londonwalksofficial and make sure you spend some time with David. He’s a very jaunty dresser, as well which gets him extra points in my book!
Lynn Farley-Rose, author of 31 Treats and a Marriage –
“Last Sunday morning I had an enchanting walk around Hampstead in the company of a group of strangers and an erudite guide. I’ve enjoyed a number of these over the years and so it was that one cold January afternoon in Little Venice I learned about the history of the Regent’s Canal and enjoyed peering nosily through houseboat windows. On another walk I explored the quirks of upmarket Notting Hill, and a walk around Chelsea revealed intricate treasures from the Arts and Crafts movement. But Hampstead is definitely my favourite walk so far, with its panoramic views over London and streets so steep they have handrails.”
“A huge ‘thank you’ to David for our Hampstead walk this morning [19 February 2017]. I’ve lived in Hampstead for the past 25 years and you still managed to teach me things about my ‘hood! I thoroughly enjoyed, seeing Hampstead through your eyes, your aesthetic, as well as your formidable knowledge from geology to history. Your love of the place shone through. We had a totally wonderful morning. It was a pleasure meeting you and I’ll be back for more walks with visitors… so until the next time, it’s bye for now. Best wishes and thanks again Sarena”
C. Travell – Toronto Canada –
We went on the Hampstead Village & Heath walk with David and thoroughly enjoyed it. David is extremely knowledgeable and his obvious love for what he does shines through. He pointed out things we never would have seen on our own, and took us to places we never would have found. Would certainly recommend David’s walk.