Hampstead & Highgate in 50 Buildings
Series: In 50 Buildings
- Lucy McMurdo
15th June 2022
The two communities of Hampstead and Highgate, perched on London’s northern heights, are remarkable for their leafy, atmospheric narrow streets and stunning architecture. They act as a magnet to millionaires and superstars and boast some of the most exclusive and expensive addresses in London today. In this book, author Lucy McMurdo provides a well-illustrated and fascinating tour of the architectural highlights of both areas through the centuries.
These desirable locations have been sought after not only for their clean air and waters, but for their magnificent views over the capital. People have settled here for hundreds of years and many of the shops and homes date back to the 1600s and 1700s. Evidence of Hampstead and Highgate’s historical importance is further demonstrated by the many ancient inns that line their streets, and remain in business today. Both areas have prosperous town centres and are full of boutiques, restaurants and bars. Their high streets continue to exude an air of luxury and wealth and attract many visitors.
A major asset of these two ‘villages’ is their proximity to vast, open spaces such as Hampstead Heath with the magnificent Kenwood estate. Grand villas have always graced the heath’s perimeter and the houses of Keats and Freud are now open to the public. The graves and tombs of famous local residents are to be found in Highgate Cemetery, including authors, artists, musicians, writers, and even revolutionaries, such as Karl Marx.
This accessible and engaging perspective will be of great interest to residents and visitors alike.