Hampstead Village & Heath Walking Tour

(120 customer reviews)

Hampstead Underground station, London

Guided by David or Peter G. or Richard III

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Sunday Weekly 10.30 am 1 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online
Wednesday Weekly 2 pm 4 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online

N.B. this walk will not take place on the following dates:

13-12-2023 20-12-2023 03-01-2024 10-01-2024 17-01-2024 24-01-2024 31-01-2024

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!)


Don’t just take it from us…

What’s to love about Hampstead?

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 few facts about London NW3

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.

About our Hampstead Walk

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.

Practical tips for our Hampstead Walk

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 podcasts

Hampstead: an introduction from  David.

Another David podcast about Hampstead.

By Orchard Pond – David’s been out on Hampstead Heath listening to nature 

And another one.

 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

Hampstead 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 Niamh or Peter 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.

120 reviews for Hampstead Village & Heath Walking Tour

  1. James

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Angela

    5 star walk through Hampstead’s scenic heath! Highly recommend it. Several stops to view the other side of London from hilltop vantage points inc. The Shard and Gherkin even on a cloudy, cold winters morning.

    David brings so much knowledge to the walk and clearly enjoys sharing the rich history of the buildings, landscape and residents (past and present)! This walk will leave you keen to return and explore more

  4. Adrian Turner

    This was my first visit to the area and the tour proved an excellent way of learning more about the history and development of both heath and village. It is a remarkable achievement that our capital city can offer such an unspoilt place. David did a grand job of taking us around the nooks and crannies which abound in this area. He has whetted my appetite for Hampstead and another visit will have to be made.

  5. Charles Parkes

    A really lovely walk around Beautiful Hampstead with the ever informative Richard III to bring everything to life. A lovely way to spend a couple of hours in the most beautiful part of London. Highly recommend.

  6. Arthur

    David is brilliant, and so is Hampstead. Just go for it if you are interested in a thoroughly enjoyable Sunday morning.

  7. Leana Gallagher

    Hempstead was a breath of fresh air on our week in London. A short tube ride away and we felt that we were in the English countryside. David did an excellent job explaining the history and the people that live in this lovely village. We topped it off with visit to Kenwood to see the beautiful house and art gallery. Lovely day that restored the soul.

  8. Julie

    Loved this walk, so much information and who’s who o Hampstead, it is like walking with a friend who has lived in Hampstead all his life, thank you!!!

  9. Mimi

    Amazing tales and historical anecdotes shared. We enjoyed every aspect of our Hampstead walk and learning so much about our neighbourhood. A must for Hampstead locals! We would love to join you David again on your walk in another season when we will no doubt discover more hidden gems with you. Will be spreading word around, keep up your passion and stories coming!

  10. Chloe

    Even living locally we don’t always know the community surrounding us and it is such a delight to join David’s walk about Hampstead Heath on such a clear late autumn day. This walk is recommended to anyone who loves culture, architecture, nature and LIFE! David is such a good guide to make this walk not only suitable for adults but also for teens.

  11. Jack

    My family and I went on six compelling London Walks during our 12 day visit and David’s Hampstead Heath tour was certainly a highlight. Delightfully informative and explained brilliantly with humor and a love of the place, describing the walk as unique would be a huge understatement! Highly recommended.

  12. Daniel and Ronit selby

    A delightful and interesting walk with a very knowledgeable and charming tour guide. Thank you David!

  13. Anne Underwood

    The walk was a great introduction to Hampstead. We were lucky to have lovely weather and loved the carefully planned walk that took use to areas of Hampstead we would never have found for ourselves. We’ll definitely return to Hampstead to explore furthere. I highly recommend this walk.

  14. E Beazley

    We wandered through Hampstead and the Heath with David on Sunday, 17 Sep. We have been on this walk several times over the last 20 years because the village is lovely, and David always has something new to show us or to tell us. This walk is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning and the views of London are spectacular. David seems to know everything there is to know about Hampstead, and it also seems like many Hampstead residents know David. Of all the London Walks I’ve taken, this is one of the best.

  15. Nancy Deininger

    My husband and I went on the Hampstead Heath walk with David on Sunday, October 1,2023. We had been to Hampstead before but knew nothing of its history. The walk was so informative and enjoyable! David was great with contacting all walkers to make sure we all knew where and when to meet! The walks usually last about 2 hours but David had so much to share it lasted for 3 hours! We love London Walks!

  16. Heather

    I have been to Hampstead many times over the years and learned many new things and went down streets never been to. Took my parents as my mom had always wanted to go there. Is one of the most beautiful areas of London and would highly recommend this walk and exploring the Heath.

  17. Carolyn Gray

    Our London Walk in Hampstead was the highlight of our holiday! Our guide, Adam, was charming, considerate and very knowledgeable. We’re already looking forward to our next London Walk.

  18. Boyce Sher

    Just what we had hoped. An informative and delightful walk that included both the town and a part of the heath as well. David even kept an eye out for benches for me to sit on since my tolerance for long walks is waning. Thank you, David.

  19. Lily Williams

    I can’t say enough about this tour. If you enjoy the outdoors and learning a little history as you go, you can’t go wrong with this one. David is remarkably knowledgeable and engaging, and I can think of no better way than this tour to get out into nature and see a part of London most tourists sadly miss. I’m recommending it to everyone I meet who plans to visit London.

  20. Robin

    I fell in love with Hampstead and the heath on this tour. What a charming village brought to life by our passionate, engaging and knowledgeable guide, David. The tour wasn’t just delivered but interactive and informative. I highly recommend this tour.

  21. George Crawford

    What a memorable and spectacular walk! We thought we had seen most of London’s must see sights, but Hampstead quickly has become one of our favorites. David’s skills, wit and enjoyable presentation can only be described as brilliant. If you are even just thinking about doing this walk….do it. You will not be disappointed!

  22. Judith Dutterer

    I had read an about Hampstead Heath for years. So, when we were planning our London trip, I learned about London Walks from a friend. Booking a tour was easy with prompt, efficient responses from Fiona and Mary. We met David at the appointed time and what a delightful tour he took us on. David was well prepared with a great deal of information, interesting pictures and even a walking stick. We thoroughly enjoyed the walk with him through the heart of residential Hampstead and onto the storied and lovely heath. We wholeheartedly recommend London Walks and especially David Tucker. Meeting David and taking his excellent tour was a highlight of our most recent time in London.

  23. Cherry Ledlie

    The Hampstead walk was recommended to me by a friend, who said it was her favourite of all the many walking tours she’s done. When I finish this review I’m off to thank her for the tip! David is a natural – he knows his stuff, and knows how to impart his knowledge in an entertaining and enthusiastic way. I really enjoyed it, and will be back for more tours next time I’m in London.

  24. John Presley

    Thank you David for a great experience. On a scale of 1 to 10, you get 500.

  25. Veronica M.

    I did this tour with David and it was lovely! I used to live in London for years and I decided that I wanted to visit and explore Hampstead, as I had never done so and this was the perfect tour to do so! Not only does it take you around the village and has several good lookout points along the way, but it also takes you to parts of the heath as well. Thus, I almost felt like it was a bonus two in one tour! The tour also lasted 2 1/2 hours, so you didn’t feel rushed. I would have never been able to find the hidden little streets and pathways that this tour takes you on my own. I’m so glad to have taken this tour and highly recommend it! I’ll be looking to do more London walks tours in the future!

  26. Cindy Heslin

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Hampstead Village & Heath walking tour with Peter on 6 Aug. 2023. Peter is a knowledgeable and witty guide who revealed to us the natural beauty, history, quirkiness, and interconnected nature of the past inhabitants, buildings and land of Hampstead. The village of today is a delightful place to explore. During my week in London, I have done four London Walks tours and plan at least 2 more. All have been delightful, fun and educational with great guides. So worth it!

  27. Karyn Walker

    Sunday roaming in Hampstead
    Yesterday we spent an utterly delightful Sunday morning roaming through Hampstead guided by Peter, who had been drafted in to cover for David, who was feeling a little poorly. Commiserations to David and many thanks to Peter for a wonderful time. The witty, charming and knowledgable Peter left us feeling as if we knew some of the famous inhabitants, both living and departed, and highlighted Hampstead’s history, charming lanes and homes of note. One of the best walks we have done with London Walks and a great way to spend a Sunday. We followed it up with Sunday lunch in a local pub of course!

  28. Riccardo Cumerlato

    This tour was so much fun. Time flew by. And I live in Hampstead! (well, West Hampstead, the cooler poorer neighbour).
    David knows how to tell a story plus the story of Hampstead is very good.
    Highly recommended

  29. Christopher Camp

    I spent a fascinating afternoon in Hampstead. Listening to Dave was both interesting and humbling, as it made me realise how little I had known and how much more there is still left to find out about Hampstead. Dave is no mere resident of Hampstead – he’s a fanatic! His enthusiasm for the town really rubs off on you. Highly recommended!

  30. Lara

    Sensational tour! We have lived in Hampstead for 10 years and decided to take the tour with our 10 year old son. We didn’t think we would learn much but, boy, were we wrong! David brought out so much more than we had ever known or noticed. He is a guide with an infectious passion for social history and also has a great booming voice that makes you feel like a Shakespearean actor is guiding you through the village with moving, dramatic tales. Can’t recommend this tour enough – for tourists and locals, the old and the young!

  31. Todd Clyde

    Wonderful tour and knowledgeable guide! I wholeheartedly recommend this tour!

  32. Anne-Marie Durand-Jargois

    I had never been to Hampstead and Hampstead Heath. The experience certainly lived up to my expectations. Richard is a very knowledgeable guide who has plenty of stories to share and helps you to find your way between the many layers of history and very contrasted landscapes. A guided walk is essential if you only have two hours to spare and hardly any knowledge.

  33. Phil & Lynn – Suffolk

    As part of a long weekend treat for my wife’s birthday comprising tickets to Wimbledon Tennis Semi-Finals day, a meal in the SkyGarden at 35 storeys and overlooking the whole of London by the Thames, a West End Show, and visiting friends in Docklands, I’d felt that something a bit more serene and tranquil was needed to end our weekend. I found the London Walks site back in February and booked up for the Hampstead Heath guided Tour. Our guide, David, kept me up to date with meeting points and possible options on how to get to Hampstead Station when it became apparent that the Northern Line from Camden Town to Hampstead would be closed during our weekend in London due to essential engineering works. At his suggestion, we got to Hampstead early and went to St Johns church (very near to the station) to sit and listen to the pre-Sunday service choir practicing. Mooching around the adjoining cemetery revealed the grave of the artist Constable, amongst (as we would later find out on the tour itself) a number of other notables. It was a further delight to meet our guide, David, himself at the church a little while before the tour was to start so we were able to engage and learn and understand more about each other. Therefore, by the time the tour itself started, it felt like we were being shown around Hampstead by a newly found friend! The next two and a half hours were filled with interesting and quirky delights by an extremely knowledgeable and erudite man, passionate about telling the group about his home village and the secrets it held. His offers of advice, recommendations of places to go, eateries, etc for after the walk all proved ideal for our needs and so we concluded our walk keen to see what other tours we could take in the future. Highly recommended and well worth it. Thanks, David!!

  34. Wendy C – Twyford

    Wow! Thanks to David for an amazing tour! The walk incorporates the gorgeous Hampstead village and the Heath so you get the “best of both worlds”. David’s passion and enthusiasm is infectious and his knowledge of the area and its history is incredible. Every street or round a corner has an interesting story or historical fact and it made me fall in love with Hampstead even more! The gorgeous and varied architecture, beautiful gardens, friendly locals, the calmness and beauty of the Heath (you feel a million miles from the centre of London!) make this a magical tour. David’s consideration for the group and happily answering questions from the group made it feel like being on a walk with a group of friends. My only regret was having to leave. You don’t want to miss this tour! PS. I have done numerous walks with London Walks and they never disappoint.

  35. B Brooks

    Just finished our fantastic Hampstead Village & Heath walking tour with David and loved it. The tour is rich with history and intriguing little bits, and his love of the place shines through. Highly recommend!!!!

  36. Stacie Inskeep

    I can’t possibly think of a better way to spend a Sunday morning than on a lovely walk through Hampstead. David was amazing. It’s evident that guiding this tour is a passion and not a job. Thanks for a wonderful day!!

  37. Rick K.

    Thanks so much for the wonderful and informative walk/tour. Enjoyed every minute. Such a lovely village/town. Rick

  38. Sue

    Just got back from a wonderful walk around Hampstead Heath, David is an excellent guide.
    His knowledge of Hampstead is second to none, his enthusiasm is contagious!
    Learnt so much!
    Would highly recommend.

  39. Gayle

    Every time I come to London I try to take a London Walk, and every time the most recent is the best! David is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, entertaining, and audible. Poetry, history, film stars, and jokes , all tied to the neighborhood, added depth and color for a delightful morning ramble. Highly recommended!

  40. Eugenia

    A real privilege to go on this walk with David. We’ve been going on London Walks for about 10 years and each one is an excellent adventure in the company of a engaging expert. We’ve recently moved back to London and now live in the Hampstead area, this walk showed us a deeper side to the neighbourhood we thought we already knew. A real delight. Absolutely recommend it.

  41. Merrilyn Goos

    We enjoyed a wonderful walk around Hampstead today, on a hot summer day that seemed so much cooler thanks to David’s careful pacing and ensuring we were always in the shade. We’ve done many guided walks in England, Scotland, Ireland and Germany, but this was the most enthralling and by far the best value. David is so knowledgeable, erudite, passionate, and a great story teller. We felt connected to stories and people we already knew while learning even more about this beautiful and unique part of London. Thank you David!

  42. Richard Johnson

    Did this walk in May with David , we were a group of 20+ from Ware U3A, It was a lovely day and very informative for a part of London we hadn’t been to. Saw things only a knowledgeable guide would know and he made the walk very enjoyable , We have done lots of walks from this company and never been disappointed . Highly recommended

  43. Adrian from Lincolnshire

    We did this walk with David (18.06.2023) and loved it. David went beyond the expected, steering us to a pre-walk listen to the choir rehearsing at St John’s, and providing so much additional information. Hampstead is beautiful, a village in the middle of London, full of enticing alleyways and gorgeous Georgian properties. The story of the battle to save the Heath was well told. We’ll be back to Hampstead soon. But this walk is recommended and deserves the five stars!

  44. Barbara

    Ironically, one of the best London Walks guides is actually American! Thank you David, for sharing your passion and knowledge and for the wonderful walk around Hampstead Village & Heath (21/05/23). We will definitely go on your other walks.

  45. Evangeline

    David is so passionate about the area, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and kind- he also has great restaurant recommendations! Learned so much on the walk that I certainly wouldn’t have exploring the area by myself and I had a wonderful experience. Definitely recommend David’s walk!

  46. Julia

    I took this group walk today with David. Hampstead Heath is a beautiful part of London that seems to exist in its own world. The architecture is varied and interesting and some of it is very posh. The Heath itself is wonderfully wild and natural. No groomed garden here. David says that wild fox abound.

    I recommend this walk if you’d like to see something different. It’s easy to get to on the Tube and you can get yourself a nice meal after the walk in one of Hampstead’s many good restaurants.

  47. Ronit

    Richard the III’s tour was very interesting with some humorous ancedotes. We saw places and heard stories we would’nt have known or seen. We definately recommend this walk!

  48. Lianne

    One of my favorite things to do in any city is to take a guided walking tour of a neighborhood. London Walks provides a fantastic selection of just the sort of tours I enjoy. On a recent visit, my mum and I saw Hampstead Village and the Heath with David. It was a lovely walk, we saw places we wouldn’t have thought to go otherwise, and we learned a lot from the stories and photos David shared. His unbridled enthusiasm for the area is infectious. I highly recommend this tour.

  49. Paul F.

    The Hampstead Village and Heath walk with David on a sunny Sunday morning (5/28/23) was outstanding! The tour is a wonderful mix of both town and country sights. And David sends his group some very interesting before and after walk materials — I’ll let that be a surprise to you. He handled a very large group (including two canines!) with ease and he made the area “come alive”. Highly recommended!

  50. Johnny

    Fantastic time had by all.have recommended the walk to my friends to take the tour as well .had a enjoyable 2 hrs on 31st May Wednesday in a friendly atmosphere informative and rewarding time

  51. Sally Sutherland

    Fantastic Hampstead Walk with the inimitable David! Previous reviews say it all! David is so passionate and knowledgeable about all aspects of Hampstead! It’s a brilliant way to spend a morning! Don’t miss it🤗

  52. Rick

    David did an outstanding job and was the best of the four London Walks tour guides we went with on our visit. He knows his history and is able to explain it in an easy to understand way. Also getting a little outside of the street sites and going into the “heath” to show the beauty of the area.

  53. Caroline Jovicevic

    This was a delightful way to spend a morning. Highly recommend this walk and also David’s expert and captivating guiding. He has a profound knowledge and obvious love of the area and regales with tidbits of gossip and lore as well as poetry which bring us closer to the people who shaped the place. Using the theme of the laborious and determined process of how the Heath was protected from becoming just another housing development he whets our appetite for every chapter of the story, whilst leading us from one point of historical relevance to the tale and on to the next. Views on a clear day are fantastic. Hampstead shopping and restaurants first class. A fantastic day out. Thank you, David!

  54. Mark Whiteside

    A lovely and entertaining walk. As a regular visitor to Hampstead, it was an eye-opener to see how little I knew about the area. David is an engaging and knowledgeable guide. Throughly recommended!

  55. Jenny

    David is a guide and enthusiast like no other. He aligned history with the geography of Hampstead, and combined this with passion and knowledge of architecture, engineering, art, literature… The walk lasts just over two hours, every element is interesting and imparted with humour. I look forward to joining other London Walks.

  56. Julie

    What a wonderful morning we had with David today. We meandered around Hampstead’s nooks and crannies, and strolled on the Heath. His breadth of knowledge is fascinating, and his enthusiastic delivery brings the history of the gorgeous part of London, to life. I highly recommend David’s tour. I look forward to doing it again.

  57. Bano

    I live in London and have been to Hampstead many times. I first went on the Hampstead Village & Heath walk with David in 2019. David is clearly extremely knowledgable, and his passion and enthusiasm is infectious. I recently went on the walk again, just to experience the beauty and history of Hampstead captured vividly and uniquely by David. Highly recommend, I would definitely go again (even though I have been on the walk twice before!).

  58. Naoise Soughley

    My husband and I went on the Hampstead Heath walk with David on Easter Sunday and felt there was no lovelier way to spend that morning than in the company of someone who so vividly celebrates the beautiful and valuable things in life. David lives in Hampstead and clearly loves it to the core.

    With great charm and enthusiasm, he highlighted how the Hampstead that we have today is a not-so-small miracle given the forces ranged against the Heath in the rapid urbanisation of 19th century London. David came equipped with fascinating prints and maps to illustrate his already vivid anecdotes and history.

    It was easy to see how artists loved and cherished Hampstead and David took time at John Constable’s house to draw our attention to the views Constable would have had of the Hampstead landscape and heady skies that he loved to paint in all moods and weathers.

    David also drew our attention to many architectural gems along the way with warmth and imagination, bringing to life – among others – the musical wonders of Fenton House and George du Maurier’s secretive gothic tower home.

    The tour is varied, winding up the charming seaside-town like streets, then meandering over a section of the Heath past an idyllic lake and eventually down to the stately Georgian town itself before ending poignantly in a historic graveyard.

    This is a deeply satisfying tour that ‘will flash upon that inward eye, which is the bliss of solitude’ for many years to come!

  59. Robert Helm

    A very special day today with David in Hampstead. After several busy days in London it was refreshing to take a slower pace and enjoy a part of the city in which we had never been. David was an extraordinary guide, as others have detailed. You will not regret the 2+ hours you spend exploring Hampstead.

  60. Maria Volozhinskaya

    We had an absolutely delight waking tour around Hamstead with David. The place itself is a miracle and David managed to deliver a lot of fascinating information with lots of knowledge and love but also with humor. Enjoyed it and recommend 1000%

  61. David Malkin

    An absolutely mesmerizing morning spent with our guide David as he led us through hidden lanes and showed us his special spots in Hampstead. His delivery was so inspiring, his voice strong and loud, so important for a walking tour. Last summer we did the South Kensington tour and it was also chock full of local lore. We highly recommend the Hampstead tour.

  62. Nancy D’Cruz

    10 out of 10 for a brilliant walk – well presented with so much love for the area – highly recommend!

  63. 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!

  64. 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.

  65. Stephanie

    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!

  66. Lara

    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.

  67. 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.

    (ii) Later

    I went to her funeral.

    I cried.

    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.

    (iii) Winter

    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.

  68. 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.

  69. 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!

  70. 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!!

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

  73. Jean

    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!

  74. 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.

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  76. Nancy

    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.

  77. 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!

  78. LiMcK

    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!

  79. 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.

  80. 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!

  81. 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!

  82. 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.

  83. 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.

  84. Tal Sarig

    David made me fall in love with Hampstead, and explore its fascinating past and present.

  85. Jonathan Gorman

    David was a great guide, stufed full of facts and local knowledge but with a great delivery and infectious enthusiam. thankyou

  86. Celeste Krishna

    Lovely tour! Highly recommend

  87. 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.

  88. 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?

  89. 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!

  90. Nancy

    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.

  91. 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.

  92. 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.

  93. Marion

    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 🙂

  94. anna

    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!

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

  97. 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.”

  98. 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!

  99. Tal Cohen

    Great walk!!!

  100. 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!

  101. 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.

  102. Marie-Josée

    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.

  103. 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!

  104. 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.

  105. Katherine

    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!

  106. Kenny

    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!

  107. Isabel

    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.

  108. 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.

  109. Robin

    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.
    Thanks David.

  110. 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.

  111. Irina

    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!

  112. 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.

  113. 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

  114. 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.

  115. D. Beckham

    “a wonderful tour, easily one of the best we’ve had in London”

  116. Rebecca

    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.

  117. 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!

  118. 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.”

  119. Sarena

    “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”

  120. 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.

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