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Most people would tell you to visit Hampstead Heath during spring on summer to escape the hustle and bustle of London on a warm day. And it’s beautiful indeed: wild, hilly, vast and unspoiled, it has a lush countryside feel which makes it one of London’s most popular parks. But I also happen to love it much more during the winter when it’s bare and seems even wilder.

Some go as far as calling it one of London’s hidden gems. Well, I couldn’t agree more. The beauty of this park lies in the long-grassed meadows, open-air lido, its hundreds of unexplored paths, ponds, huge oak trees the Kenwood House and of course, the Parliament Hill which has one of the best views of London’s skyline. There’s also a zoo with a butterfly house which I can’t wait to discover soon. And while all these can be found just a few kilometres away from the city centre, Hampstead Heath feels like a world apart.

If you’re looking for a quiet place to exercise, take a walk with friends or have a picnic on a sunny day, Hampstead Heath is a great option. Take note though, weekends can be surprisingly busy at the park. Just make sure to take the right path as it’s quite easy to get disorientated and enjoy. And one last tip: if you’re lucky enough to be able to attend a musical concert by the ponds, don’t think twice. It’s a great experience!

Address: Hampstead Heath, London, UK
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Sandy (@smarksthespots)