Lined with a wealth of finely detailed period houses, Hampstead's leafy avenues and walks meander through the village and around the heath. The parade of specialist shops and restaurants at South End Green forms a hub and a convenient meeting point for the local transport systems.
On the east side of the heath stretch the famous lakes and bathing ponds. At the southern Gospel Oak entrance the athletics facilities, café and children's open air lido attract thousands of visitors during the summer months.
Possibly derived from the Saxon word for 'homestead,' Hampstead was first mentioned in a charter dating back to the 10th century.
Because the heath rises to such a height it has, for many centuries, been used as a place of refuge and a point of surveillance across the city of London.
By the 1700s the popularity of the local spring water (said to have medicinal properties) transformed Hampstead into one of the most fashionable areas of London - a haven for artists, writers and intellectuals. Some of the most prominent names associated with the area include John Constable, John Keats, George Orwell and Agatha Christie.
There are a number of museums and places of interest including John Keats House (Keats Grove), the Hampstead Theatre (Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage), Burgh House (New End Square), the Freud Museum (Maresfield Gardens) and Kenwood House (Hampstead Lane).
Hampstead also has two of the finest examples of 1930's Modernist architecture; the Isokon building, Lawn Road (1932, architect Wells Coates) and 2 Willow Road (1938, architect - Erno Goldfinger).
There are excellent educational and leisure facilities at the Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre and the Swiss Cottage Central Library.
Within easy reach of the centre of London, Hampstead must always be at the top of the residential sales and lettings wish list.
Tube: Hampstead (Northern Line)
Rail: Hampstead Heath (Silverlink)
Buses: include 46 and 268