Hampstead is the perfect place to visit for classic London streets, large open spaces and stepping in the footsteps of some famous literary figures. What we particularly love about Hampstead is that there are no unmissable, notorious tourist attractions, it is merely just a quiet spot in London that doesn’t need to show off.
We would start off at Hampstead Tube Station and head down the High Street before turning into the pedestrianised Flask Walk. To this day Flask Walk contains as many eccentricities as the olden days with secondhand bookshops, pen shops and other independent shops lining the passageway.
We would continue down Wells Walk as well and stop at the cafe at Burgh House before reaching the Heath.
The Flask on Flask Walk Burgh House and Museum
If you are looking for other beautiful streets you can’t go far wrong with the roads either side of Flask Walk or Wells Walk.
If you continue to progress down Well Walk you will come to Hampstead Heath. Head into the park and then keep right before you start the incline up to Parliament Hill.
It’s thought that Parliament Hill is so called as it was a point of defence during the English Civil War – a place for the troops loyal to Parliament. From the viewpoint you can enjoy spectacular views of the capital.
Viewpoint from Parliament Hill
If you are looking to explore the vast Heath for longer you can follow our Hampstead Heath Tramble. It will take you to the swimming pools and beyond.
Back to our Tramble head back down from the viewpoint towards Hampstead Heath Station. Here you will find the museum dedicated to famous literary resident John Keats. The museum and library can be found in Keats Grove and is well worth a visit.
Keats House | Hampstead Heath | £6.50
Dalston is one of the hipster spots that is regularly talked about in the press these days. A pop up here, street art there and new gallery everywhere.
The place does have a certain vibe that makes you love it, so we thought we would share some of our favourite spots.
The real stand out performer for us is the lovely Newington Green. It is like a secluded little village that, if you aren’t from the area, you will certainly never have heard of.
We love the wine shop come bar Yield N16, The Lady Mildmay and Dandy, Go check it out.
Ok, so back into Dalston and there are plenty of things to do and see as well.
We love the Eastern Curve Garden Project. A community run gardens and cafe with a cool vibe and excellent street art. Just outside you can see the equally impressive Dalston Peace Mural which is fantastic piece of art.
Look for more street art?
Well there is currently a Banksy led exhibition at the Hang Up Gallery. It is well worth a visit.
And if classical prints are your thing then you should also check out the nearby Print Club
One of the things that always strikes us is the pretty shops along Stoke Newington Church Street. Watch out for the second hand bookshop and the flower shop shown below. There are plenty more cute shops and old advertising prints to see too.
Clissold Park is an unknown for Londoners not from Stoke Newington. Walking through the park you’ll be struck by the number of activities available from Tennis to the small Zoo and an area exclusively for roller blading.
There are other things to do in the area including the second hand collection just off Church Street and the Cobbled Yard Antiques Shop (1 Bouverie Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 0AH | Website).
There is also one of the most spectacular climbing centres in the capital to the North of Clissold Park. The Castle Climbing Centre (210 Green Lanes, London N4 2HA | Website) is set within a Victorian Pumping Station and offers plenty of routes for you to enjoy. Well worth it as a one off or for a keen climber.
We are huge Hackney City Farm fans. Especially when it comes to slightly different and unusual date ideas in the area. Try one of their mosaic or pottery classes and see the animals of course.
On a nice summers day buy a disposable BBQ and head to London Fields, just north of Broadway Market. You can BBQ on the fields before heading to the Lido to swim it all off. More information on the Lido here.
After all of that wander along Broadway Market with it’s artisan stalls and bakeries. Pretty idyllic day that.
The Geffrye is dedicated to home life over the past four to five hundred years. It has many curious exhibits and is a little quieter than some of the other big hitting London museums. The gardens are beautiful too. More information here.
The Flower Market at Columbia Road on a weekend is renowned, but the area is very cute for a coffee or some food on the other days of the week. The Laxiero Tapas Bar (93 Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG | Website) and Campania (23 Ezra St, Bethnal Green, London E2 7RH | Website) are safe bets, but you can’t go far wrong here.
Then continue along into Regents Park heading through the main path to the water fountain dedicated to Sir Cowasjee Jehangir, a Companion of the Star of India. It’s a perfect spot to sit and enjoy the surrounds or head up towards Primrose Hill.
Primrose Hill is a small park to the north of the much larger Regents Park, however it has one of the best views of London. Head up the steep hill to find the William Blake inscriptions and ponder his words while enjoying the view.
If you are a little more prepared you could always bring a boules or petanque set as Primrose Hill has courts available.
Come down the banks of Primrose Hill and join the Regents Canal back towards Camden Lock. You will join the canal route and be able to peek into the London Zoo. Enjoy the walk and pass the famous pagoda restaurant on the way back to Camden Market.
Lloyd Park is a park we had no idea about, and completely underestimated its appeal. As well as housing the William Morris Gallery the park has beautiful gardens, ponds and plenty of open spaces to relax.
William Morris Gallery Lloyd Park
One of the largest purveyors of neon signs in Europe lives in Walthamstow. God’s Own Junkyard has plenty of quirky things to see, a cafe and outside space to sit and take stock.
One of the things that will strike you about Angel and Islington is the beautiful streets and squares. The likes of Notting Hill and Chelsea are renowned for lovely streets but we think Angel matches both of these places.
We would recommend getting off the main road and walking along the High Street and Camden Passage to kick off your walk. Then double back on yourself to Colebrooke Row and the Duncan Terrace Gardens. Here you’ll find a rather cool bird nest installation. Then proceed to Canonbury Square or to the Canal.
Looking further north you have the lovely Highbury Fields and Arsenal Football Ground. We would also recommend trying to find the Highbury Clock!