Hampstead Heath has been on my list of places to visit for so long. We finally made the trip out there over the weekend and absolutely loved the area. It felt like we'd spent the day in the countryside despite being only a few miles from the bustle of central London. We visited Kenwood House which is located on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Kenwood House is a former stately home (a large house or mansion in the English countryside) and dates back to the early 17th century. It is really beautiful and full of details that you won't want to miss but my absolute favourite room was the library. Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam built the ‘Great Room’ or library between 1767–9. The colour scheme and detail of the ceiling is truly amazing.
If you're visiting with children be sure to visit the Orangery. Here we found dressing up costumes and other activities which my children really enjoyed. You can read about family activities here.
The gardens are really beautiful too and there were plenty of flowers in bloom.
After a wander around the house, we explored the heath. It's a perfect spot on a Summer day. We sat under a huge tree and enjoyed some ice cream and dog watching. I don't think I've ever seen so many dogs in one place!
Kenwood House was a perfect starting point for us to explore Hampstead Heath. All the facilities we needed were in one spot. There is a great cafe with courtyard dining as well as some ice cream carts.
Find out more about Kenwood House here.