We all know that romance comes in many different guises. There are those vultures hunting culture and then there are others who prefer to delight in the glory of nature. But our hard-core romantics must be those who find the traditional lovable treats the most thrilling… Either way, we’re boldly suggesting that the village has it all. Embrace your idea of a perfect date from one of the ideas below and please do tag @visithampstead with your sweet one-to-one time so that we can all feel that community love.
Pull on those walking boots and start your stomp at the bottom of Downshire Hill (if you’re coming by car, parking’s available at the East Heath Road car park), Fuel up with a coffee or bite at the Freemason’s Arms in their lovely garden or airy rooms.
Dip your toes (or more) in the swimming pondsor just power on up, past the kite flyers, to the top of Parliament Hill for a kissable panoramic vista. Or start at Whitestone Pond, wander through the trees and head to the lawns of Kenwood House to gaze at the lake with a celebratory picnic.
A cup of tea on Burgh House terrace or in their cosy basement café or a bowl of something Italian at La Gaffe might be just what you need after your romantic stroll.
Any combination of Keats House, Fenton House, Kenwood House, Burgh House (with its gallery and Hampstead Museum), the Freud Museum and iconic modernist property 2 Willow Road,are just a taste of how you could spend your day… hand in hand, feeling arty and culturally blissed out.
Or you could devise your own little tour and seek out Hampstead’s many plaques celebrating our famous residents page/s. Why not pop into Cass Art on your way home to try your own hand? Or swing by Gilden’s Art Gallery to admire a Chagall or have a look at what’s on offer at Catto Gallery?
Die Hard Romantics
For these Romeos, the village has plenty to offer. La Cage Imaginaire, Villa Bianca and 28 Church Row (amongst a host of others) are all ready and waiting for your clasped hands and adoring eyes.
If you’re after a more casual experience, you can’t go wrong at the The Holly Bush pub, or with a shared nutella and banana crepe at La Creperieor even a bespoke picnic prepared by Hampstead Butcher and Providore.
One final note, if your canine is the love of your life… you might like to check out Doggie Sunday at Gaucho. That way, you can both drool together…