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Hampstead in London; Dressed down in NW3-fashion

Show off they are not rich and famous

Celeb women like to show they are not rich and famous

HAMPSTEAD, LONDON: The Park is surrounded by shops, pubs, cafés, restaurants and houses more exclusive than many other areas. Here in Hampstead Heath in ​​North London, it is possible to move around and for a moment forget you actually are in the middle of a big city. The huge park of hills, ponds and most importantly lot of space where you can swim, fish, walk, play sport and by all means enjoy a breathtaking view from the top of Parliament Hill.
The area around the park is among the most expensive residential area in North London. Rarely discovered by tourists, although ”Heath” is only six kilometres from Trafalgar   Square.

Hampstead in London
Hampstead High Street

Few hotels. In this area you find only one hotel chain and several smaller bed and breakfast accommodations. La Gaffe is a typical village hotel with 30 comfortable rooms, wine bar and Italian restaurant. Premier Inn is larger and located in BelsizePark, one stop away on the Northern Line.

Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill has open space and the highest peak with great views over the capital all the way to St Pauls and LondonCity. An uncertain but romantic explanation of the name is that it was here the followers of Guy Fawkes, the man with the attempt to blow up the Parliament, gathered in November 1605 to get the best view of the big explosion that never came. However, it is more likely that the name is related to the placement of weapons here during a civil war 40 years later.

North to South
North to South: View from Hampstead Heath

Swimming in the park

The British like to swim even though the temperature in water and air is low. There is one pond for women, one for men and one for both sexes. At the Women’s cell phone and radio are banned. The British dive into the water from early spring to late fall, but ponds are most popular in the summer. It is also possible to fish and Lido has an outdoor swimming pool.

Hampstead London
One of three Ponds in Hampstead Heath

Tour with a guide

First Sunday of each month you can meet up and join a guided tour of Hampstead Heath. This is a walk essential for those interested in stories related to the park and is no more difficult than the well children can make the tour. Wear good shoes and show up 10:30 at Burgh House, New End Square, located in Hampstead Village.

Shopping Street
One of the shopping streets in Hampstead, North London

Out for Lunch

Once outside the tube station you notice restaurants, cafes and shops alongside the main street and in the many narrow alleys. And when you’ve found the restaurant, you will certainly observe that guests consisting of women in majority. Women living in beautiful villas and having lunch the day’s highlight. Flask Walk is full of small shops and there is also The Flask, a popular pub. At the corner of Flask Walk and Main Street you walk into a French bakery.

The local fashion

Women especially among the celebrities, walk the streets with style that aims to dress down. I assume, just to show they are not rich and famous. This style goes by the name NW3-fashion named after the postcode of this area. But the Main Street and narrow alleys have profiled brands. Nicole Farhi in 27 Hampstead High Street. The designer lives in the neighbourhood. For even more shops and markets CamdenTown is the solution, just three stops away. Here the night life is so hectic that even late Amy Winehouse was satisfied.

Eat with locals

As Hampstead is not a tourist area, you meet mainly locals in bars, cafes and restaurants. It also includes politicians, television personalities, retired pop stars, writers, artists and Arsenal players. The Gaucho Grill has South American specialties served both in the bar and on the terrace with a. Live music on Sundays.

Kenwood House

Kenwood House is located in the north end of the park. Once this magnificent building was privately owned. Today a museum and monument of the old era with walls full of paintings made by masters such as Turner and Vermeer and a self-portrait of Rembrandt. Just behind the building there is a cafeteria. In summer there are concerts the park.

Hampstead Heath
Hampstead Heath, the park in North London

Here to stay

La Gaffe is family run. From the start this was a restaurant, but the operation was quickly extended to the hotel. Price for a double room start at £ 89, including breakfast. www.lagaffe.co.uk
Premier Inn, 215 Haverstock Hill, London NW3. Restaurant. Top Tube: Belsize Park, Northern Line . www.premierinn.com

Places to eat

Try some steps away from the main street. For fresh bread, pastries, coffee and delicious vegetarian dishes, try Melrose and Morgan at Oriel Place. Close at 7pm on weekdays. www.melroseandmorgan.com

The Flask, 14 Flask Walk, in a Victorian building. A pub for lunch and dinner with affordable prices. Mains from 10 to 20 pounds. Varieties of beer. Loved by locals. www.theflaskhampstead.co.uk

The Spaniards Inn Hampstead, Spaniards   Road, NW3. Serves seasonal pub food. Large garden . www.thespaniardshampstead.co.uk

La Cage Imaginaire, 16 Flask Walk. A small French inspired restaurant with food that is comparable to far more expensive places. Two course lunch 13 pund, at night mains start at 14 pund. Recommended to reserve. www.la-cage-imaginaire.co.uk

Gaucho Grill 64 Heath Street. The menu is huge – from oysters to great Argentine steaks.

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Gudmund Lindbaek
Gudmund Lindbaek
Journalist founded King Goya a few years back. Always traveling the world. Meeting people, local food and engaging stories are my passion. I don´t collect countries or require gorilla-stalking in Africa. I just want a tiny slice of adventure to be alive, and then excited to return home.

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