HAMPSTEAD VILLAGE LONDON NW3
Hampstead Village is a unique and quaint place to visit in London. Its history stretches over 1000 years which is really quite impressive. Hampstead was a pilgrimage for Londoners in times gone by, a place of health and a natural spa with a fresh water well. being perched high above the city the air is clean and clear and replenished by the gigantic wooded areas on the Heath. The village has not really changed in a few hundred years apart from the fact it is now full of designer boutiques and stylish cafes. You can find the best fashions and interiors here that the British high street has to offer and also the unique
designs of the French and European brands.
Some of the cafes here have been operating unchanged for decades. Its simply a fantastic place to people watch especially during the summer months when everyone comes to picnic and swim on the Heath. There are some great examples of the traditional English Pub here. The Holly Bush on Hollymount has been operating since the 1500s, just trying to find it is a little bit of a mystery winding down lanes and up narrow ancient steps.Hampstead like surrounding Belsize and Primrose Hill is full of celebrity residents but unlike west London its residents live quietly, nonchantly without fuss. Its part of the attraction and what makes our NW3 neighbourhoods so appealing.
Things To See and Do in Hampstead London NW3
Hampstead Heath A Reserve for Nature Lovers
Hampstead Heath's mosaic of habitats provides a resource for wildlife just six kilometres from the centre of London. It is of national as well as regional importance. The City of London aims to maintain and extend the Heath's status as one of London's best places for wildlife. Hampstead Heath features a number of priority species identified in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, including lesser spotted woodpecker, bullfinch, stag beetle and grass snake. The landscape of Hampstead Heath has developed as a direct result of its management and of how people have used it over many years.
Since grazing stopped in the last century the largely treeless heathland and agricultural landscape has been replaced in part by expanding woodland and scrub. Also present today are grassland, hedgerows, ponds and wetlands, along with remnant areas of the original heathland.
Small areas of acid grassland are of particular note, with plants such as heath bedstraw, oval sedge and tormentil. Attempts are being made to retain, restore and extend these areas as well as small areas of the rare heathland habitat which gives Hampstead Heath its name.
There are over 800 identified veteran trees on the Heath. Rare species include wild service tree and midland hawthorn.
Over 350 species of fungi have been recorded on Hampstead Heath, including the rare bracket fungus Ganoderma lucidum.
Noteworthy plants include broad leaved helleborine, lady fern, hard fern and lily of the valley (woodland); cowslip, black knapweed, oxeye daisy, devil's-bit scabious and pignut (grassland); marsh marigold, purple loosetrife and water mint (wetland).
A quarter of Britain’s spiders have been found on Hampstead Heath, including the tube-web spider Atypus affinis at its only known London site. Twenty three species of butterfly, including breeding colonies of purple hairstreak can be seen. Seventeen species of dragonfly and damselfly have been recorded at ponds across the Heath. This is only two species less than the list for the whole of the neighbouring county of Hertfordshire.
Over 180 bird species have been recorded in recent times on Hampstead Heath.
Noteworthy birds include lesser spotted woodpecker, whitethroat, garden warbler, jackdaw, stock dove, hobby, great crested grebe, common tern and kingfisher (breeding) and siskin, redwing, fieldfare, swallow, wheatear, woodcock, meadow pipit, shoveler and gadwall (wintering or on migration).
Hampstead Heath is one of the best places to see bats in London and Natterer’s, Daubenton’s, noctule, and both species of pipistrelle are present. Moles, foxes, hedgehogs and muntjac deer are other mammals found on the Heath. The fascinating and totally harmless grass snake is found here at one of its closest locations to the centre of London.