Centered on the lovely old village of Hampstead, which is about 4 miles (6.5 km) from the center of London, Hampstead Heath is a wonderfully diverse public open space. It covers about 790 acres (320 ha) of bogs, woodlands, hedgerows and natural grassland. A spot called Parliament Hill is the best place from which to enjoy a panoramic view of London. According to legend, this hill is the burial site of Queen Boudicca, who led a revolt against the Romans. Nearby are three ponds where people can swim. Londoners come to this heath to walk and jog, ride horses, fly kites, have picnics, and play petanque.
You can also visit Kenwood House, which is located at the northern end of the heath. This magnificent Adam mansion dates back to 1616, and was remodeled for the Earl of Mansfield in 1764. Most of the home the Earl lived in until 1793 is extant. The highlight is the beautiful library. The house is full of famous Old Masters artwork. Here you can see paintings by Hals, Reynolds, Van Dyck, Vermeer, and Gainsborough. The star attraction is Rembrandt’s “Portrait of the Artist”. Open air concerts are held during summer, sometimes with displays of fireworks.
Address: Gordon House Road, London NW5 1QR, United Kingdom
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