Our Favourite Attractions in Hampstead

If you want to get a feel for London’s green spaces, history and literary culture, the leafy borough of Hampstead is one of the loveliest places to spend a few hours (or longer) exploring. With gorgeous architecture and a genuine village feel, it’s so close to the city centre, yet feels so far away.

Highlights of Hampstead

This area is home to one of the city’s most famous green spaces, Hampstead Heath, recognisable from countless British films and TV shows. But it is also a place of great historical significance – particularly its literary heritage.

If you decide on Tufnell House for your student accommodation, London’s most charming borough is just a short ride away on public transport.

Hampstead Heath

The Heath itself is actually within walking distance of Tufnell House and this magnificent parkland offers wonderful views over London’s skyline. Measuring around 320 hectares, it is at one of the highest points in the city and it’s a lovely place for a long walk, a picnic in summer, or just to go and take photographs. You’ll be able to see plenty of wildlife, including birds and squirrels, and there is also an athletic track if you’re feeling energetic. Mostly though, I think this is the best place in the city for some quiet reading, walking or just sitting on a bench to enjoy the peace and tranquillity.

Hampstead Swimming Ponds

While the Bathing Ponds are open all year round, winter is not the best time to test them out! In the warmer months, though, they are filled with people and are a fantastic place to come to cool down.

There are three ponds, which are spread out over the Heath.

  • Ladies
  • Mens
  • Mixed

You’ll need a ticket to get in, but it’s very cheap at £2.00 for an adult and £1.00 for concession. My best tip is to choose a weekday, as there are far fewer people and it feels more relaxed. If Tufnell House is your student accommodation, London’s favourite bathing spot is just a walk away – perfect in summer!

Kenwood House

This beautiful seventeenth-century building houses an amazing collection of important art, including works from Rembrandt and Vermeer. Situated on the edge of the heath, you can easily reach it from Tufnell House by a short bus or train ride. One of North London’s lesser-known sites, exploring the stunning interiors and grounds makes for a very relaxing way to enjoy some culture without the crowds. 

The Spaniards Inn

The Spaniards Inn is a classic old London pub with a long literary heritage dating back to the fourteenth century. Famous names associated with the historical inn include Lord Byron and John Keats, and it also featured heavily in Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers. You can enjoy a tasty craft ale around the open fire in winter (or the beer garden in summer) while you admire the views from the windows.

Keats House

This former home of the classic romantic poet John Keats is now a museum in his honour. His legacy includes some of the most beautiful poems ever written and the museum contains an extensive collection of his letters, original manuscripts, books, jewellery and other memorabilia. You can watch a film on his life, wander around the lovely gardens and take part in various events throughout the year. You might even like to write your own poem in this inspirational place.

Hampstead is a delightful borough in which to base your study abroad experience. And, if you choose Tufnell House for your student accommodation, London’s most beautiful green space will literally be on your doorstep.

When you study abroad it’s so important that you choose the right accommodation. At Britannia Student Services we have a team of knowledgeable and friendly advisors who are on hand to assist you to make the right decision for the location and type of residence to make your experience positive and memorable.  

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