Parliament Hill is No.10 in our list of London's best parks, and the view from the top of No.10 in our Top 10 list of things to do for free
Parliament Hill got its name during the English Civil War, when troops loyal to Parliament used it as a lookout base. It's fame today comes from its spectacular views of the London skyline.
Its height of 98 metres makes it the tallest spot on Hampstead Heath, and the vista takes in everything from the London Eye and dome of St Paul's Cathedral, to the pin-like Shard, Gherkin and skyscrapers at Canary Wharf.
Craig has been to Hampstead and written about the view from Parliament Hill on his blog, which includes some more photos of what you can expect to see. He's also described the route you have to take to get there -- it's not the easiest places to find! It's a bit of a trek through a dark and gloomy wood, before you venture out into the long grass and ferns on top of the hill. A lot of the houses around there are very pretty, with tree-lined streets of little shops and cottages. Feel free to ask Craig some questions about Parliament Hill before you go.
The only other attraction that we recommend nearby is John Keat's House (that famous poet). If you enjoy the view then you will probably enjoy a visit to Primrose Hill as well.
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Craig’s review – “I thought I'd have a stroll up Parliament Hill today. It's about time I did some exercise. The last time I did some proper exercise was running for the bus at school, and that was about five thousand years ago — when Parliament Hill was still covered in ice and snow.You have to prepare yourself for a bit of a trek, because Hampstead train station is about a mile aw… continued”
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