WHAT YOU'LL SEE
Church Row, is often praised as one of the most attractive streets in Hampstead, if not in the whole mof London. Here you can see the former home of Alfred Lord Douglas, Oscar Wilde’s lover.
Further along, at No. 17, is the home where H.G. Wells lived from 1909 to 1912. You can read a full account of his time here on this page.
Discover the Handel Gates, named for the great composer, but transplanted here from elsewhere. We then visit the: Grave of John and Maria Constable and discover why this part of Hampstead so inspired the great painter.
On to Benham’s Place a quaint line of delightful cottages and find The Watchouse in Holly Place, the 1830s home of Hampstead’s first police force. We then discover the home of another literary great, Robert Louis Stevenson who described Hampstead as; ‘ the most delightful place for air and scenery in London’. You can then take a break at the Holly Bush Pub and learn more of nearby resident the former George Romney the wandering artist whose reputation exceeded his means.
Discover Admiral’s House built around 1700, which provided inspiration for a memorable scene in Mary Poppins. Continue along Admiral’s walk to one of John Constable’s residence and discover how the great artist attempted to paint the very nature of ‘wind’ itself inspired by his experiences here. Hear the tale of Judges’ Walk and it’s infamous links to the Great Plague of 1665 and find yourself at Whitestone Pond where another story relating to London’s past is begging to be told. From here we are but a stone’s throw from the great Heath itself. We venture in and find ourselves in one of the most attractive spots that Hampstead has to offer:
Vale of Health previously a malodorous swamp now a very fashionable area. Emerge at the home of D. H.. Lawrence at Byron Villas where Lawrence dreamed of creating a home for like minded writers in the community. Discover the Parish Lock up where offenders from all ranks were incarcerated. In 18th century London find your way to one of the most delightful streets in Hampstead Well Walk and the home of John Constable. We continue to the house of Marie Stopes, who pioneered birth control for women in the aftermath of World War 1.