Conservation & heritage

City of London – Hampstead Heath The Heath is owned and managed by the City of London Corporation.
City of London – Hampstead Ponds and Dams
Burgh House & Hampstead Museum Burgh House is a Grade I listed house built in the early years of the 18th century. The Hampstead Museum is incorporated in the House on the first floor and offers permanent displays on Hampstead history.
Camden History Society Concerned with the local history (institutions, houses, people and social movements) of the whole London Borough of Camden, including Hampstead, Highgate, Kentish Town, Camden Town and West Hampstead.
English Heritage exists to protect and promote England’s spectacular historic environment and ensure that its past is researched and understood. English Heritage own Kenwood House.
Fenton House London’s most enchanting country house and Hampstead’s oldest building.
The Friends of Kenwood House
Hampstead Garden Suburb adjacent to the north of the Heath, was founded in 1907 by Dame Henrietta Barnett.
Hampstead Heath a private website with extensive material about the Heath.
Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum helping residents to shape development in Hampstead and South End Green.
Heath Hands is a volunteer organisation created to help conserve the special character of Hampstead Heath and to give everyone who enjoys the Heath an opportunity to make a difference.
The Highgate Society aims to make Highgate and its neighbourhood a better place in which to live and work; to ensure that any changes made in the environment enhance the amenity of the area; to encourage sound planning and to improve public transport.
Kenwood House Set in leafy grounds beside Hampstead Heath, this outstanding house was remodelled by Robert Adam between 1764 and 1779.
Keats House is where John Keats lived from 1818 to 1820 and is the setting which inspired some of Keats’s most memorable poetry. Here, Keats wrote “Ode to a Nightingale”, and fell in love with Fanny Browne, the girl next door.
Keats Community is a volunteer-run charity at 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, operated by the community that took over from the Camden Heath Library which was closed in March 2012.
2 Willow Road is a unique Modernist home designed by architect Ernὂ Goldfinger in 1939 for himself and his family.
Tomb with a View The picturesque and historic graveyard of Hampstead parish Church: the last resting place of some of the famous, the infamous, the ordinary and the extraordinary citizens of Hampstead.
London’s Northern Heights Heritage trails Eleven self-guided trails covering over 850 points of interest available from local retailers or on-line.

Arts & entertainment

Belsize Park Film Society
Everyman Cinema Hampstead
Everyman Cinema Belsize Park
Hampstead Theatre
Hampstead Arts Festival
Pentameters Theatre


Keats Community Library

Estate Agents

Amberden Estates
Anscombe & Ringland
Benham and Reeves
Goldschmidt & Howland
Hamptons International
Knight Frank
Salter Rex
TK International
Welby (rentals)

Photographs and film

Matthew Maran The award-winning wildlife photographer of Hampstead Heath and other wild places. He publishes books, calendars and cards. *
Britain From Above Aerial photographs 1919-1953
Camden @Flickr For all your photos of the London Borough of Camden, perhaps the markets, the canal, those punks that sit on the bridge that hate being photographed, or anything else.
Hampstead Dog Walkies @Flickr Pics of dogs and people walking their dogs up on Hampstead Heath.
Hampstead Heath @Flickr From Gospel Oak to Golders Green – From Highgate to the Vale of Health.
Hampstead Heath Shooting Pictures entered in The Heath & Hampstead Society’s 2007 photo competition.
Heath Life is a film and education programme that aims to celebrate the rich heritage of Hampstead Heath and explore its role and resonance for Londoners today.


City of London Corporation
Environment Agency
London Borough of Camden
Mayor of London & London Assembly
Transport for London


Camden Gazette
Camden New Journal
Google Books has books on Hampstead
Hampstead and Highgate Express
Hampstead Village Voice A satirical, irreverent and controversial magazine for Hampstead.


Hampstead Scientific Society, founded 1899, looks after the Hampstead observatory.
London Natural History Society members have two things in common – an interest in nature and a wish to learn more about London’s diverse wildlife.
London Wildlife Trust is a charity working to conserve and improve the Capital’s natural environment for Londoners.
The Marylebone Birdwatching Society is based in Hampstead, North London, but attracts members and visitors from all parts of London and beyond.
NW3 Weather has live and historical weather conditions, as well as a webcam, local forecasts, and weather photography – including the Heath.
Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world’s most innovative biologists, has revolutionised scientific thinking with his vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory.


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All Heath Walks are CANCELLED until further notice due to the Coronavirus.

Calling all Birdwatchers

We would like to improve our knowledge of where birds are nesting on the Heath. This spring we welcome any members who regularly walk on the Heath to report where they see birds nesting. We will provide you with information on how to spot a nesting bird, and a website where you can record your observations.

If you are interested please call Pete Mantle on 0775 369 6444 or email

For more about the Survey and about diversity on the Heath see the latest newsletter.

Society wins case against builder of illegal new house on Heath

‘The site of Bren Cottage’

Follow the history of the case through our Newsletter archive:

Hidden house discovered

Trees lost

Owner appeals

Battle lines drawn


Victory in court

Society thanks the City for 30 years of caring for the Heath.

The City of London Corporation has been managing and preserving the Heath since 1989. During that time, the Society has been working closely with the City and it was only fitting to host a party to mark that anniversary and honour the relationship. The selection of photographs, courtesy of Diana Von R Photography, and the reprint of the addresses by Society Chair Marc Hutchinson and Karina Dostalova, Chair of the City’s Hampstead Heath Management Committee, recreate the festive ambience from that late summer evening.

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Shepherds in action

Watch The Society welcome the sheep!

Sheep return to graze on Hampstead Heath

On 27 August sheep will return to Hampstead Heath to graze for the first time since the 1950s as part of a week-long trial.

The flock of five sheep, provided by Mudchute Park & Farm, are made up of Oxford Down and Norfolk Horn. They will graze at The Tumulus on the Heath, an ancient Roman monument managed by Historic England. Fencing has been installed at The Tumulus to protect the sheep who will be kept securely at the Heath’s nearby Kenwood Yard overnight.

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How Hampstead Heath was Saved – a story of people power by Helen Lawrence

published by Camden History Society with the support of the Heath & Hampstead Society. The book can be bought from Camden History Society’s website.

“This book shows what can be achieved – Helen Lawrence has a fascinating story to tell.”
Griff Rhys Jones

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Society objects to conversion of police station into school

7 reasons why we are objecting again. Download as PDF or

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Society battles to save Heath plot from development.

Land left by Harry Hallowes, the so-called Hermit of Hampstead Heath, is in danger of being bought by developers. The charities to whom Harry left the land that he squatted for twenty years have decided to auction it to the highest bidder. Despite Harry’s known wishes that the land be left in its wild and natural state.

Harry’s plot is completely surrounded by the Heath. The Society is bitterly disappointed that the vendors of the plot have rejected a generous purchase offer made by the City of London, financially supported by the Society. Although strict covenants and planning laws prevent the plot being used except as a garden, there is always a risk that, if the land remains in private hands, it will become subject to attempted development, greatly to the detriment of the surrounding Heath.

The Society regards the plot as a natural part of the Heath, and feels very strongly that it should be publicly enjoyed as part of the Heath proper.