Hampstead village – London’s Georgian Hill station
Guided Tour | Meet outside Hampstead tube station
Wednesday 3 May 2017 - 10:45 until 15:30
Still very much a village, Hampstead has an atmosphere all of its own. Once an escape from the smog and dirt of the City – in many ways it still is – and once a fashionable spa it boasts some grand houses and is a perfectly preserved Georgian village. Literary and artistic connections abound. We will visit Constable’s grave and see where he painted views of Hampstead Heath, pass Romney’s studio, and the du Maurier house, and see where the father of Egyptology lived. But the walk is more than a Blue Plaque tour as Hampstead’s history stretches back to pre Norman Conquest. History aside there is lots to feast the eye from Georgian terraces to hi-tech architecture. We will finish at Burgh House the site of the original spa pump room where there is a good café.
Afternoon walk – optional
After a lunch break, those with time and energy, can continue to walk down Lawn Road to see Erno Goldfinger’s House in Willow Road, and the house where Keats lived ,loved, fell ill and in whose garden wrote Ode to a Nightingale. Continue on to the iconic 1930’s Lawn Road apartment building by Tecton recently restored to its former glory!
This event has been organised by the Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.