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Hampstead Heath, North London
  • It has to be one of the best that I've seen

    • by angel
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      Kenwood House is a gorgeous neoclassical mansion located at Hampstead Heath in North London. It was built in two main stages. The central core of the house was built in the early 18th century.

      Then in 1754 it was acquired by Lord Mansfield, the Lord Chief Justice and one of the great British lawyers who employed the great architect Robert Adam to remodel the house. The most magnificent room in the house is the Library, which was designed by Adam and added to the right wing of the


      It is breathtaking and I was amazed at how much beauty and skill went into making this room. It has to be one of the best that I’ve seen.

      At the other end of the house is the Orangerie, now restored to its original use as a place for growing Orange trees, though it used to be a picture gallery. The pictures are now displayed in the rest of the house and it is a great picture collection with works by Rubens, Gainsborough and Reynolds.

      Kenwood is ...

      • surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and in the summer there are open air concerts by the lake as well as firework displays. The huge green area of the heath, ancient woodland and wildlife has more than 800 years of history and is associated with many poets and artists.

        The poet John Keats walked on it. John Constable painted it and many other famous creatives have visited it for inspiration.

        What I find hard to believe when visiting is that I am really in London. Surrounded by so much

        greenery and woodland you do tend to forget that you are in a busy city.

        I find that it’s the perfect escape and easy to get to by public transport or car. With so much to see and do, a visit to Hampstead Heath is a lovely day out for all the family.

        Opening times for Kenwood House are: Apr-Oct 10am-6pm and Nov-Mar 10am-4pm. Entry to the house is free though there may be a charge for special art exhibitions or other events.

        Nearest underground; Highgate or Hampstead, then bus.

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