Hampstead Village & Heath Walking Tour

(148 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:

25-12-2024

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!)

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING

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

LONDON WALKS VIDEOS

David’s video number 1

And here’s our 2nd Hampstead film

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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.

148 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. Raquel Barnatan

    A fantastic walk throughout beautiful hidden sports of Hampstead. It was a great pleasure to listen to David’s explanations . Indeed a giuide with deep love and knowledge of Hampstead and London. Thanks for sharing all that valuable information.

  4. Amy

    David was a great guide with an obviously deep knowledge of and love for Hampstead and Hampstead Heath, which he shared with the group with great verve and enthusiasm. A wonderful tour of a wonderful place!

  5. Dr. Thomas A. Underwood

    If you want to understand Hampstead in and of itself — as a place *in* London but not necessarily *of* it, this magnificent, exhilarating walk spanning both the built environment and the natural world is a must. What makes the walk so extraordinary is its creator and guide David Tucker, owner of London Walks, hands down the best guide company in London for decades. An American ex-pat who has lived in London fifty years, David is an extraordinarily gifted guide in possession of encyclopedic knowledge of London history, English literature, architectural history, and much more. But he is neither stuffy nor ponderous. He is witty, aware, genuine, and kind. One loses all sense of time on his walks, three of which I am blessed to have been on this week. David’s love of his work and for the London past he reanimates for walkers is palpable, infectious, and inspiring. By his own admission, he is “obsessed by Hampstead” — and the people who join his walk are the beneficiaries of that wonderful obsession. Historically, Londoners have objectified Hampstead. David’s remarkable walk restores Hampstead’s agency and independence.

  6. Steve Bunker

    This was our 5th London Walk and although I’ve given 5 stars to the previous four, I need a 6th star for this one. Firstly, David, our ‘strapping’ (his words not mine) guide, was outstanding. His enthusiasm for his subject was infectious which, coupled with his knowledge of the area, made this a must for visitors. Secondly, Hampstead. What a place….absolutely stunning. According to my wife, there are 3 Weltstadt – New York, Paris and London. London wins for me and Hampstead is its Koh-I-Noor…….thanks David for everything (despite being a Packers fan!). Steve

  7. David Hawkins

    My second guided walk with David & thoroughly enjoyed as before. It was a grey & wet morning, only my partner & I attended but no sign of David re-scheduling or losing enthusiasm in any way. Informative, fun & surprising, a journey of lasting memories & snippets of historic London info. David’s guided walks are highly commendable, just lose the beard please, my partner liked it a little too much! Hasta la vista baby!

  8. Angela & Neil Atkinson

    This is the best guided walk we have done! The reason is simple – our guide David was not only knowledgeable but he has a true passion for Hampstead. His love of the places where we walked shone through.We learnt so much about Hampstead and fell in love with it. Thank you David – we’ll be back!

  9. Maija-Riitta Frigren

    A magnificent tour of Hamstead. Our knowledgeable guide Richard III told us many interesting stories about the people who have lived or live now in Hampstead. I wish I could remember even half of them! I recommend this walk highly.

  10. Julia Graf

    We had a wonderful tour of Hampstead with David. His enthusiasm and knowledge about this part of London carried us away and he delivered so much information about different aspects of Hampstead’s history and its inhabitants that we forgot the atrocious weather. The tour is a highlight and gem in the London Walks and we highly recommend it. Thank you David!

  11. Bruno

    We had a great time walking through Hampstead and listening to David’s stories and nuggets, which he shares with great passion.

  12. Andrew & Janet

    24 March 2024 – What a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning – wandering around Hampstead with the utterly charming and great guide David. Hampstead is an area we haven’t explored before and it has certainly left us wanting to go back and see more. We have made our way through most of the London Walks and have to say they are fantastic – we don’t think there’s been a bad one yet. Thank you to David for sharing his knowledge so freely.

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