West Hampstead – Hampstead’s Kid Brother

West Hampstead underground station, London

Guided by Mary

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
30 May 2020 Tour du Jour 10.45 am 12.45 pm Summer

A butterfly darting among blossoms. That’s Mary guiding in West Hampstead. Best kind of London Walk. It’s got the extra ingredient – the secret ingredient – the personal. In short, Mary’s guiding “at home” with this one. West Hampstead’s where she lives. So, spliced into – spiced into? – the walk are lots of tasty, local “personal knowledge” tidbits that you wouldn’t get, couldn’t get any other way. For example (wonderfully quirky example), “that bathtub” in the front garden. It’s on a street you wouldn’t normally go up and for that matter it’s not easy to spot if you do wander up that way. And that’s before Mary switches on the high beam: whose bathtub it was and what’s her (Mary’s) connection to it. Other thing is West Hampstead is in the shadow of its more famous sibling. Hampstead gets all the attention. West Hampstead just gets on with being itself – a fine old Victorian London village that’s an awfully agreeable place to live. And that’s by way of saying, West End Lane – the winding high street – is the extent of most people’s knowledge of West Hampstead. If they know it at all. But there are all kinds of secret places – and secret history – just off “the Lane.” Delightful places. Piquant history. Blossoms the butterfly darts among. Good walk. It ends a short stroll from West Hampstead Tube.


The West Hampstead Village walk takes place at 10.45 am on Saturday, May 30. Meet Mary just outside the exit of West Hampstead Tube.


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If you can’t make the scheduled, just-turn-up, public West Hampstead walk do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the West Hampstead 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 privatewalks@walks.com 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.


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