Hampstead is an area of London commonly known as Hampstead Village. It is located in the London Borough of Camden, 4 miles northwest of Charring Cross. Hampstead is famed for its liberal, musical, artistic, literary and intellectual associations as well as for Hampstead Heath, which is a large, recognised parkland.
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The History of Hampstead
The origin of the name derives from Anglo-Saxon origins with Hampstead translating as “homestead” in Modern English. The earliest records of Hampstead can be located in a grant by King Ethelred the Unready to monastery of St. Peter’s at Westminster dating back to 986 AD.
However, the true growth of Hampstead is generally attributed to the 17th century. This was when Hampstead was established as a London Spa area. The trustee of the Well started advertising the medicinal qualities of the waters there, since the water was impregnated with iron.
Initially, Hampstead was hailed as one of the most fashionable and successful of the Wells. However, this popularity saw a fall in the 1800s due to the rising trend of London spas creating competition elsewhere. Unfortunately, the spa was demolished in the year 1882, although there is a water fountain which has been left behind which you can visit.
The expansion of Hampstead started following the opening of the North London Railway in the 1860s, which is now what we know as the London Overground. The area saw further expansion after the stations Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead railway opened in 1907, which are all part of the current London Underground Northern Line.
Cultural Attractions in Hampstead
Hampstead is full of culture and there are plenty of things to do and see there.
The Freud Museum is an attraction which is dedicated to Psychologist and Philosopher, Sigmund Freud. The museum is the house where Freud lived with his family during the last year of his life, only a few years after escaping from the Nazi Regime in Austria.
Kenwood House is a very popular and National Trust recognised former stately home located in Hampstead for the public to visit. It previously served as a seat for the aristocratic Murray and Guinness families and has been home to various other renowned tenants in the past.
In Hampstead, you will find Camden Arts Centre which is an establishment dedicated to displaying contemporary art exhibitions.
Separating Hampstead from Highgate is London’s largest ancient parkland known as Hampstead Heath. The Heath is a major place for Londoners to enjoy the outdoors and go for walks and you are likely to see a lot of dogs here! It also has three open air swimming ponds; one is strictly for men, one is strictly for women and one is mixed. These were originally reservoirs for drinking water but have since lost this status.
Transport in and Around Hampstead
Hampstead is a very well-connected area of London with a number of tube stations across various lines as well as bus terminals. The most frequent bus route from here is the 24 bus, which for over 100 years has connected Hampstead with the West End, Victoria and Pimlico. Other bus routes from Hampstead include routes: 46, 168, 210, 268, 603, C11 and N5.
The closest underground stations to Hampstead are Hampstead and Belsize Park which are both on the Northern Line. In addition, there is Swiss Cottage and Finchley Road which are on the Jubilee Line. These stations are all within Travelcard Zone 2, with Hampstead is on the boundary with Travelcard Zone 3.
The closest overground railway station is Hampstead Heath station. This station is situated by South End Green, just around the corner from the Royal Free Hospital and a short walk from Belsize Park. Another station in the area is Finchley Road & Frognal, which is on the western side of Hampstead.
Hampstead Garden Suburb
Hampstead Garden Suburb is an elevated suburb just north of Hampstead itself; west of Highgate and east of Golders Green. The area has long been hailed as an example of early-twentieth century domestic architecture and town planning. It compromises of just over 5,000 properties and is home to an estimated 13,000 people. The houses are of high value and their individual gardens are a key feature to the architecture. The area as a whole is dotted with landscaped garden squares and communal parks.
The area as an established place under the name Hampstead Garden Suburb was founded by Henrietta Barnett in the 20th century. In the year 1906, Barnett helped to set up the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust which aims to protect “one of the most perfect examples of the unique English invention and specialty,” referring to the suburb itself.
Hampstead Garden Suburb has big areas of open space which include Hampstead Heath Extension and Northway Gardens. Many Londoners prefer the Hampstead Heath Extension to Hampstead Heath as it is just as beautiful, but a lot more private and smaller in scale.