Artistic, Vibrant, Classic
Hampstead Village is known for its high concentration of artists, musicians, writers and liberally minded millionaires. Here are the former stomping grounds of Keats, Freud and D.H. Lawrence; today you're just as likely to see Harry Styles as a famous painter at this hotspot for British celebrities. And a few past Hampstead notables, such as Freud, have had their homes turned into museums that you can visit. Hampstead benefits from sitting next to the largest park in London, Hampstead Heath, which is 791 acres. Stroll through the endless maze of footpaths and fields or swim in one of the three dipping ponds. Hampstead also has many ponds filled with lilies, swans and surrounded by picturesque park benches for you to sit and read a book, perhaps bought at one of Hampstead’s many bookshops. The village also has a surplus of restaurants, cafes and bars.
Here is a suggested itinerary to allow you to experience as much of the area in a few hours. After booking we can adapt the tour to suit your interests and preferences.
Explore the cobbled lanes, galleries and markets with a Local Host
Your Local Host will guide you through some of the rambling narrow walkways that are a hallmark of this wealthy area, with charming and prominent shop front windows jutting out over the cobblestones and a myriad of restaurants, old pubs and cafes.
Lunch at a traditional and chic French restaurant off a cobbled street
Join your Local for lunch at a charming, traditional French restaurant off a cobbled lane in Hampstead.The restaurant is very atmospheric and chic with friendly service and sublime food. The smoked duck salad, ribeye steak, lamb chops with couscous, onion soup and delightful pink crème brûlée are also exquisite. The restaurant is airy and bright, with a vibrant ambiance and pretty fixtures
Wander around one of London’s most stunning open green spaces
Your Local Host will lead you through the best of London’s largest and arguably most stunning open green spaces: Hampstead Heath. The Heath is a favourite with locals but surprisingly most visitors don’t know much about this wonderful spot. The Heath includes several protected views of London, three natural swimming ponds, historic houses and hundreds of acres of forests and grassy expanses.
Visit the preserved home of Sigmund Freud with unique artefacts
Your Local Host will drop you off at the home that psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and his family moved to after escaping Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938. Freud brought with him all of his furniture and belongings to the house, which today is a museum. The house has a stunning collection of 19th century Austrian painted country furniture, Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Oriental antiquities, Freud's personal library and most popular--Freud's psychoanalytic couch, which was restored in 2013 for a cost of 5000 pounds. There is also a portrait of Freud painted by Salvador Dali.
Unwind at Hampstead’s oldest and most historic pub
This historic Grade II listed public house was built in the 18th century on the site where trade in Hampstead mineral water was run. it was originally the second version of another pub based further up the hill that was regularly visited by prominent Whig party members who looked down on this lower down pub as inferior. Today the pub maintains its traditional charm and character, with four large interior rooms and a conservatory. There are original cast iron fire places, gorgeous tiles, a vaulted brick-built cellar and a lovely mahogany and Victorian bar.
About this tour
Discover Hampstead, with its myriads of cobblestone lanes and the stunning expanse of Hampstead Heath. your Local Host will lead you towards the heath Heath to meander over its many hills, lakeside pathways and meadows. There is the potential to go for a swim in one of the Heath’s three bathing ponds. In the village, explore the art galleries, museums and historic houses that are open to the public. Sample the fabulous pubs or restaurants that Hampstead has to offer. And venture through the unique clothing boutiques, bookshops and organic deli’s. Enjoy Hampstead like a Local Host.
- From £50.00 per person
- Max 6 people per tour
- 4 hours with one of our Local Hosts who is very familiar with the area
- Additional time with our Local Host if you have added any extra time
- Planning of a personalised itinerary
- Food & drinks
- Any transport other than walking (although this can be organised at additional cost)
- Tickets to venues if you have selected any (can be organised if required)
Who are the Local Hosts
Our Local Hosts love showing visitors the best of the city and not as their main job. We have a handpicked community of Local Hosts that are all vetted and insured, all of whom are London residents that know their city intimately and want to share it with others, so for you it would be almost like meeting a friend that lives in the city who is going to show you around.
We have selected Local Hosts that know Hampstead well and who will be able to make your visit exceptionally better than if you went on your own.
Meet our Local Hosts that love & know Hampstead
I am a History student at Goldsmiths college and, having lived in London my whole life, I want people to fall in love with the city just as much as I have!Languages
Central, Brixton, Greenwich, Hampstead
I am a West London based Musician and Stage Manager, who enjoys all the cultural and artistic events London has to offer.Languages
Central, Barbican, Belgravia and Knightsbridge, Brick Lane, Camden, Chelsea, Chiswick, City of London, Covent Garden, Dalston, Earl's Court, Fitzrovia, Fulham, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Highbury, Highgate, Hoxton and De Beauvoir, Islington, Kensington, Little Venice, Marylebone, Mayfair, Notting Hill, Pimlico, Putney, Richmond, Shepherd's Bush, Shoreditch, Soho, South Bank, South Kensington, St John's Wood and Primrose Hill, Victoria, West Kensington
My name is Holly and I'm a 25 year-old actress and musician. Music and theatre are my two main passions and my work takes me to the best dive bars, pub theatres, hidden gems of converted spaces, famous buildings and arenas all over the city. If you want to explore the trendiest neighbourhoods in London and discover the music and artistic scene of the city, from jazz, to rock and opera, I would love to show you around. I know Shoreditch and East London very well and I would be great company on an unscripted walk-around the area.Languages
Nightlife, Concerts, Zoo, Drinking, Pubs, Jazz, Rock, Football (Soccer)Locations
Central, Barbican, Brick Lane, Camden, City of London, Covent Garden, Dalston, Farringdon, Finsbury Park and Manor House, Greenwich, Hackney, Haggerston, Hampstead, Highbury, Holloway, Islington, Kensington, Kentish Town, Kilburn, King's Cross, London Bridge, Marylebone, Olympic Park, Shoreditch, Soho, South Bank, Spitalfields, Stoke Newington, Stratford, West End, West Kensington, Westminster
I am an experienced tour guide, artist and designer, with a passion for London. I was born and brought up here in London, which is the most vibrant mix of old and new. It has three thousand years of history, yet is always re-inventing itself. So it remains the most contemporary and cosmopolitan in the world, brim full of art, design, architecture, theatre and music. My interests are mostly based around, and my background is largely in; the Arts. Particularly fine art, pop art, graphic art, street art and architecture. I have a university BA Hons degree in Art and Visual Communication and I am also a designer and artist. There are many human stories to tell, behind London, behind it's history and behind it's art.Languages
Central, City of London, Covent Garden, Richmond, Soho, South Bank, West End, Westminster
I'm a writer and former journalist who has lived in London for more than 30 years. I love meeting new people and showing them the most fun and exciting places that this city has to offer.Languages
South West, Borough, South Bank, Westminster
I am a recent graduate from the University of Kent, having specialised in Law and English Literature. My interests include travelling (I travelled across eastern Europe), golf, history and Game of Thrones. Having lived in London my whole life, I have a thorough knowledge of the city!Languages
English, Hindi, PunjabiPassions
Nightlife, Live EventsLocations
Borough, Greenwich, London Bridge, Shoreditch
Hi there! My name is Maryam. I moved to London 3 years ago and I have been enjoying living here. For me, London is not only an amazing city, but also an experience. You will find something here that will interest you irrespective of who you are or where you’re from. Join me and let’s experience history, the present and the future all in this great city!Languages
East, West, Camden, Hampstead, Notting Hill
THE MOST AMAZING PLACE IN LONDON!By Selena B on 02 Mar 2016
What a wonderful half a day we had in the most amazing place in London. It really is such a different world where the rich and famous live. Holly, our guide was so much fun! She was so bubbly and took us through all these little streets that were so cute and she really helped make the day so special.
VERY NICE PLACE TO VISITBy Jesus R on 24 Mar 2016
We visited Hampstead with my family when we come to London and it is very typical English and very beautiful and peaceful, but maybe it will be better when it is not so cold. I think it is good to visit because it offers a nice break from busy central London and there are many different options for nice restaurants, coffee shops and shopping that are not touristy and Leeta is very good to help us choose the best options for us.
A TYPICAL, CHARMING ENGLISH VILLAGE SO CLOSE TO THE CITYBy Louise D on 12 Apr 2016
It was so surprising to find a quintessentially English “village” so close to the city center. It was my second visit to London and this time I really wanted to visit Hampstead Heath and I am really glad we did because it is truly beautiful. Angela, who guided our tour (and who happens to be American too!) really made the day for us because the Heath is so big that we got to see the best parts and she was also really accommodating and let us change the original itinerary and we ended up finding Ginger & White which officially serves the best coffee ever!!
I WANT TO LIVE HERE!By Edward O on 25 May 2016
Angela, our Local Host was fantastic!!! We never would have experienced the area the way we did had she not been around. The area is fabulous and really charming and the food at La Cage Imaginaire was really, really, really good. Hampstead is the place to see how the other-half lives. Only a few stops from central London and we landed in a different world where the real rich Londoners live. Ridley Scott lives here!! If I win the lottery I know where I’m moving to.