On Saturday we ventured to the village of Hampstead in North West London, somewhere we’d never been before. It was such a beautiful day, the calm before the storm that hit on Sunday.
We got the tube to Swiss Cottage and then walked, up hill, to Hampstead. Along the way we passed some beautiful buildings that still showed the signs of how stunning they must have been when they were first built – most of them are now split up into flats, but they still have a sense of grandeur. If you take the time to look closely at the buildings as you walk past you will notice beautiful ironwork, carved tiles, and touches of coloured glass in windows and doors.
On our walk up the hill we also came across the following statue – the father of Psychology, Sigmund Freud. Freud died in London and lived not far from where the statue sits and apparently there is also a museum to visit (another day).
Hampstead village is lovely, and even though there are some chain stores there are even more independent stores and great little cafes and restaurants. Again, older buildings have been made use of which gives the high street a really lovely look.
|Gorgeous pink building|
I took a picture of this property for rent advert to give you an idea of how prestigious people consider the area of Hampstead to live in – if someone rented this flat out for one year it would cost them £273,000.
What you can’t quite see in the picture below is that underneath the building that used to be the Express Dairy Company is a Tesco Express – a little ironic I think.
We came across an artist on the street, he was painting the street scene and from what we could see he was very good.
We had lunch in a funky little restaurant and to my delight they had Bundaberg root beer on the menu – for those that don’t know, that is an Australian brand. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you can take the girl out of Australia but you can’t take Australia out of the girl.
To make lunch even more perfect I had a fish finger (home made fish fingers) burger and sweet potato fries all served on an enamel tray.
|Mixed bathing ponds|
|Sunny selfie on the heath|
|View over London including the Shard|
|Lovely purple house|
|George Orwell lived in this house|