Quality Hotel Hampstead
London, EN NW3 6AL
Phone: (44) 20 77940101
Fax: (44) 20 77940100
Belsize Wood Local Nature Reserve is owned and administered by the Camden Council. It is a beautiful natural reserve and houses interesting wildlife. It is especially known to house a variety of insects. This natural reserve is a good place for bird watchers as a lot of common birds are known to nest in this place. Trees like elder, hawthorn, ash, Swedish white-beam and sycamore are a common sight. The sight is divided into two halves, one of it is always open for public visitation and the other is open only on weekends.
Westbere Copse Local Nature Reserve in Hampstead is a lovely natural reserve, administered by the Camden Council. This reserve is divided in two parts; the northern half is accessible free of charge, at all times. The southern half is called the Jenny Wood Natural Reserve and is open only on weekends. The reserve has impressive wildlife as it houses about 150 species of plants and 25 species of birds. It houses trees like willow, oak, hazel and silver birch; the grey poplar trees are found in abundance at the Westbere Copse Local Nature Reserve.
Violet Hill Gardens features beautiful plant beds, open green space and modern playground.
Next to Anna Pavlova's house and attached to Hampstead Heath is this delightful park. The large expanse of gentle rolling verdure is one of those places where you just have to kick off your shoes and feel the grass between your toes. It's a great spot for picnics, but there is also a cafe near the park entrance. At the bottom of the park there are several tennis courts; perfect for if you want to do something a bit more energetic. Half way down the park is an animal enclosure with an aviary and a selection of goats, deer and wallabies - a sort of mini zoo that will delight children. Each section has a brief write-up of the animal and its origin. Flamingos perch around the pond, ducks dive in and geese fly overhead, and the beautiful flower garden behind it is well worth a detour. The park opens at 7:30a.
Parliament Hill Lido is a large outdoor pool which is open all year round. The pool is quite long and wide too. They also host a small paddling pool, hot showers and a cafe nearby. It is unheated but has a stainless steel lining which helps to retain the heat; it also gives it a sense of spaciousness. From where it is situated, there are excellent views over the city. Call for pool opening hours and additional information. Hours vary seasonally.
Enjoy a swim in the fresh air at this men-only bathing pond. As it's all natural water, there's no chlorine to sting your eyes, and it's free, so there's no sting to your wallet either. Open all year round, although you'd have to be tough to brave the weather in the winter months, the ponds are open for a refreshing dip anytime between daylight and dusk. Boys over eight who can swim confidently can join in the fun, while ladies can swim at the nearby Kenwood Bathing Pond. Set in a beautiful verdant spot, it is a wonderful oasis that takes you back to the Victorian era.
Open daily from daylight until dusk, a visit to the pond makes for an enjoyable, alternative afternoon, especially if you bring a picnic along to make the most of the time on the Heath. The bathing pond contains only natural water and is unheated - perfect for the Spartan, the purist or the adventurous. Girls over age eight can swim all they like, but the boys are banned to the Highgate Bathing Pond a short distance away.
When the heat is on in London, come to Hampstead Heath to cool down in the old-fashioned bathing ponds. The Hampstead Mixed Pond, one of the three bathing ponds at the Health is great for a dip with family. Open to both men and women the pond has a silt bottom so there's no nasty chlorine, though a bit murky. Also bathing is free for all competent swimmers over eight years old, and is open from daylight till dusk during summer. Take a picnic to the heath and lay back to enjoy the sunshine by the pond.
The Pirate Castle offers, people of all age groups and vocations, a variety of water sports to engage in. This place was previously a Pirate Club founded in 1966 by Viscount St David. The club offered enthusiastic local children, an opportunity to sail down the Regent's Canal. The club has come a long way since then, and now offers formal training in water activities as well. Along with educating children about kayaking, sailing and skippering, they also offer courses in varied fields such as theater, rock climbing, hiking, fitness regimes like yoga, pilates and aerobics, computer education and more. Children who do not enjoy water can immerse themselves in jewelry making, photography, cooking, dance and puppetry. Check the website for schedule of activities.
Basing Hill park, located off the A41 highway, is a popular public park and sports recreation area in Barnet. It features open green grasslands, impressive ornamental trees, shrubberies and tarmac pathways going around the park, perfect for nature strolls and jogging. There are football grounds, tennis courts, a multi-sports court and children's playgrounds located here which make it an ideal place for a fun family outing.
Take a break from touring the city and involve yourself in Parkour; a sport that challenges your mobility, agility and fitness. LEAP Parkour Park, located in central London, is the premier managed facility in the world dedicated to Parkour alone. This facility was designed by a team of professionals to offer enthusiasts a great learning experience. If you are interested in this sport; that is slowly gaining recognition, you can undergo the induction session which lasts for an hour; after which, you will be qualified to use this facility. Get your friends along and start leaping.
Emslie Horniman's Pleasance is a park and a local hangout. It is named after the London County Councillor Emslie John Horniman, who built it in 1914. The park contains beautiful walled gardens along with a children's playground. It has tennis courts, football pitches and a hard play area to enjoy an adventurous day out. It popularly hosts the Notting Hill Carnival which attracts thousands of visitors.