Quality Hotel Hampstead
London, EN NW3 6AL
Phone: (44) 20 7 7940101
Fax: (44) 20 7 7940100
5 Frognal, London, EN, GB, NW3 6AL
- Phone: (44) 20 7 7940101
- Fax: (44) 20 7 7940100
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.
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.
Tufnell Park Playing Fields is popular for providing local residents with football fields as well as tennis courts to play on. The park borrows its name from the Tufnell family who owned the area in the mid 1700s. Tufnell Park Playing Fields is the only full size grass pitch in Islington for football. These grounds are used by the students of University of London for their collegiate matches. When matches are not being conducted on these fields, it is used by children as a playground and an open space for their merriment.
Market Road Football Pitches is the first site in the city where artificial fields were placed in the 1970s. The pitches were spruced up in 2003, and are popular throughout the city for offering the players an excellent surface to play on. The pitches are used to host various national tournaments. Training sessions for children interested in the game as well as vacation football camps are conducted here. Apart from football, golf is also played here; kids can join the 'Tri Golf After School Club' that meets every Thursday.
Camley Street Natural Park was converted into a community park in 1984, from a former coal yard. The London Wildlife Trust, which aims at conserving the open spaces in the city, is responsible for the maintenance of this park. This park, stretched across acres of land, is nestled between the Regent's Canal and St. Pancras' Eurostar station. This reserve is home to a variety of flora and fauna, making it an ideal destination for a field trip. They have a team of professional who can arrange educational trips to the site. Enjoy a day among these lush greens and relax on the banks of the river at Camley Street Natural Park.
Ross Nye Stables was started by the eponymous Australian more than 35 years ago to spread his love for horses and horse-riding. This place offers hacking in the park, private/group lessons, dressage and jumping in the park's two outdoor schools. This school is also very involved with the Riding for the Disabled Association. Prices are compatible with other stables. It is also approved by the British Horse Association. Celebrate your birthday with your friends in a unique style by horse riding through Hyde Park.