Last Sunday afternoon, Jass and I ventured out to Hampstead Heath to escape the capital chaos of London. -It was a breath of fresh air!
We found ourselves out in the wilderness with huge trees, small and windy, beaten footpaths and shady woods.
We followed the signs to the Pergola and Hill Gardens – London’s best kept secret!
The Italian Pergola is so unique, that for a moment you’ll completely forget that you’re still in London. It has so much character and a faded sense of grandeur everywhere. With plenty of hidden nooks and crannies to discover, there was a lot to explore, and half a day wasn’t enough time for us.
Essentially, the pergola is a beautiful raised, zig-zagging walkway, overgrown with curling vines and exotic flowers, surrounded by some beautiful, dramatic gardens. There’s an eerie spiral staircase at the end of the walkway which leads to the Italianate garden below. -Not the best place to go if you have hayfever!
This seemed to be favourite haunt for artists and people looking for a quiet place to read and relax.
The Hill Garden is so picturesque and tranquil. -A photographer’s dream!
It offers a complete contrast to the wildness of the Pergola with the pond in the middle. There’s a small alcove with a bench which gives a stunning view of the Heath with London as the backdrop.
We never got as far as the swimming ponds, although it’s safe to say that it definitely wasn’t warm enough! It was a pleasant afternoon, perfect for a Sunday walk, and the city of London could not seem further away.
Do you have a favourite place on the Heath, or know about something special up there that we missed?