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Things to do in Hampstead, Greater London

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“If you fancy a long walk then head to this North London wild heathland. It's easily reached via Shepherds Bush overland station. The journey takes 20 minutes and costs only £1.50. Handsome Georgian Kenwood House and estate is located at the north end of the heath and is well worth a visit.”
  • 638 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“We love walking along the canal and then up to Hamstead and Parliament Hill. The views are spectacular over London, day and night!”
  • 57 locals recommend
Cinema
“This is also a lovely cinema. There is only one screen so less options. It only has mainstream movies and the seating options are either armchairs or sofas. They serve food, drinks, cups of tea and bring them to your seat. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Pub
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“It doesn’t get more ‘old world’ English than the Holly Bush. The most perfect hidden away Hampstead pub to cozy up with a cider, ale or lovely glass of fine wine! Great way to end a day after strolling thru Hampstead Heath :) ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Cinema
“Unique cinema 20 minutes away, Colidnale is 4 stops away from Hampstead on the Northern line.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“A great art centre too visit with or without friend of family you will always be welcome and it is free with nice coffee and garden”
  • 25 locals recommend
Pub
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“Lovely lovely posh pub just by Hampstead Heath. Big garden and lovely (if a bit expensive food), as well as ancient, cosy, interiors for a lovely afternoon/evening. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Its fab food and fun with the food prepared in front of you. Book in advance as its always fully booked.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Food & Drink Shop
“Full of shops, restaurants, cafes and boutiques, it’s a great place to begin a visit to the neighbourhood. And don’t forget to explore the little side streets, which are full of great delis, galleries, and other treasures.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Renowned as being the best pizza place in London. Can sometimes get busy but the queue moves quickly.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Museum
“I’m not a massive fan of Keats, but I love his Regency villa, now a museum. Virginia Woolf’s essay Great Men’s Houses takes you on a tour of Keats’s residence. Her language totally breathes life into the dusty furniture. Take a copy of it to read on the spot. There are special events all year based on Keats’s Romantic poetry. Check out the faery-themed family day or the Valentine’s night with poetry readings, live jazz, and pop-up bar.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
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“Pan-Asian menu including dim sum and sushi in a modern space with dark wood and scarlet details. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Crêperie
“The best creperie in London within walking distance, sold out of a food truck! ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“If you like dogs, head to the Wells Tavern after a strapping walk on Hampstead Heath. There you can pet dogs until your heart’s content, while sipping on an ice cold beer and tucking into their lamb burger, is excellent!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Pub
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“Another top pub in the local area and just visiting Flask Walk deserves your time ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Address: 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR Keats House is a writer's house museum in a house once occupied by the Romantic poet John Keats. It is in Keats Grove, Hampstead. Maps before about 1915 show the road with one of its earlier names, John Street; the road has also been known as Albion Grove. ”
  • 12 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pub
“It doesn’t get more ‘old world’ English than the Holly Bush. The most perfect hidden away Hampstead pub to cozy up with a cider, ale or lovely glass of fine wine! Great way to end a day after strolling thru Hampstead Heath :) ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Pub
“Lovely lovely posh pub just by Hampstead Heath. Big garden and lovely (if a bit expensive food), as well as ancient, cosy, interiors for a lovely afternoon/evening. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“Its fab food and fun with the food prepared in front of you. Book in advance as its always fully booked.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Renowned as being the best pizza place in London. Can sometimes get busy but the queue moves quickly.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
“Pan-Asian menu including dim sum and sushi in a modern space with dark wood and scarlet details. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Crêperie
“The best creperie in London within walking distance, sold out of a food truck! ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Gastropub
“If you like dogs, head to the Wells Tavern after a strapping walk on Hampstead Heath. There you can pet dogs until your heart’s content, while sipping on an ice cold beer and tucking into their lamb burger, is excellent!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Pub
“Another top pub in the local area and just visiting Flask Walk deserves your time ”
  • 9 locals recommend

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