Hampstead Heath is the perfect place in London to spend some time in peace in the green outdoors and get away from the everyday busy hectic life in the city. Go bike riding with family and friends or go for a walk with your dogs. Look at the magnificent views of London and its famous landmarks from the top of Parliament Hill or even go for a swim in Hampstead Heath's own lido where you can swim for free on a warm summer day! Children love animals so to make your day even better, you can visit Golders Hill Park which is a part of the Hampstead Heath area. It has stunning plant displays, water gardens and other facilities like a tennis court, a butterfly house and a zoo where the children can see the incredible animals.
This pond is a great opportunity to explore nature and have fun. Due to safety, only children over 8 are allowed to swim in the pond and those younger than age 16 must have an adult with them at all times however they also need to pass a swimming test. Consequently, those with young children will unfortunately have to find somewhere else to go swimming. Hampstead Pond is a great spot to dive and swim freely, especially when the water is warmer.
The Parliament Hill Paddling Pool, Lido & Playground
The Parliament Hill Lido is one of the oldest and most popular lidos in London. It is also one of the largest, measuring 60 metres by 27 metres. Unfortunately, it isn't heated so it can be cold to swim in but during summer, it's less cold and is still a well-known place for swimming. There's also a paddling pool for children under age 5 and a cafe with drinks and refreshments.
The playground near the paddling pool is perfect for kids who want to go on an adventure outside of the water!
Food & Drink
There are a number of cafes and places to eat around Hampstead Heath. The Parliament Hill Cafe has a variety of food and drink to enjoy. The Parliament Hill Lido Cafe is by the pool so it's perfect for enjoying light meals like sandwiches, salads and baked goods, especially to make you feel refreshed after a long swim. You can also have your own picnic with your family and friends on the grass. Socialise with your loved ones while relaxing and eating your own foods at the top of the hill enjoying the view.
There are designated wheelchair public toilets and some toilets with handrails around Hampstead Heath.
Open 24 hours a day.
These car parks around Hampstead Heath are open from 7.30am until 8.30pm every day: Parliament Hill Lido car park, East Heath car park, Jack Straws car park and Golders Hill Park car park. You can find these car parks on this Hampstead Heath Map.
- Closest tube stations: Golders Green, Hampstead, Kentish Town, Hampstead Heath, Gospel Oak
- Buses: C2, H3, C11, 24, 46, 168, 210, 214, 268