Local Places of Interest

Belsize Walk

Belsize walk

Picking up Belsize Walk at the Washington public house on Belsize Park Gardens, this Grade II listed building is thought to take its name from the Sussex village which was originally home to the Tidey family.

Daniel Tidey built many of the Victorian houses of Belsize as well as this pub. (The association with George Washington came later). The pub was built in about 1865, but its interior tiles, etched glass and mahogany fittings date from 1890.

Part of the walk takes in England’s Lane. About half way along turn left into Primrose Gardens, arranged as two crescents facing a central garden. Walk to the top of Primrose Gardens, then continue left into Belsize Grove.

From Belsize Grove the route soon takes a right hand turn into Belsize Park Gardens. After you have crossed into Belsize Park Gardens, look across the street to number 67, former home of Bloomsbury-set writer Lytton Strachey. Here in 1909 he proposed to Virginia Woolf. She accepted, but he immediately effected what he described as “a fairly honourable retreat”. This part of Belsize Park was developed in the 1850s and 60s in a fashionable ‘Kensington’ stucco Italianate style to compete with the houses on offer in west London. The English composer Frederick Delius, born in Bradford to German parents, lived at number 44 Belsize Park Gardens.

Now cross from Belsize Park Gardens to the pedestrianised Belsize Terrace – at the heart of Belsize Village itself. The mews and shops were located here by developers to keep useful, but unattractive, services away from the pristine new stucco estates.

Belsize Avenue, the road you’ve just crossed, was once the driveway to the former Belsize House (c.1500-1853) and the scene of 18th century traffic jams when the grounds were used as a pleasure garden. Belsize Park Gardens runs close to the eastern boundary of the Park of old Belsize House – from which the whole area gets its name.

From Belsize Village the route crosses Belsize Lane and climbs up Belsize Crescent opposite – a street of tall, handsome houses – and curves right into Lyndhurst Gardens. This road was developed from 1886 by William Willett and Son in an elaborate and ornamented version of the Queen Anne style.

As you cross Wedderburn Road look to your right. In the distance you’ll see one of the area’s few early 19th century buildings, built in a Gothic style. Hunter’s Lodge (Grade II listed) is at 5 Belsize Lane and was built about 1811.

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Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath is one of London's very special open spaces with some of the best views and highest points in London. Hampstead Heath's remarkable range of natural habitats includes wide expanses of grassland and ancient woodland.

It’s hard to say what exactly makes Hampstead Heath so special, so enchanting and so alluring. Maybe it’s the combination of old and new woodlands, the ponds, the many paths, the wildlife, the hilly landscape. Or perhaps it’s simply the sheer joy of finding 800 acres of breath-taking nature and fresh air right here in London.

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How the Heath was Saved

A talk by Helen Marcus Vice President The Heath & Hampstead Society

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Belsize Library
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Belsize Community Library, Antrim Grove 020 7078 7483

Freud Museum

Freud Museum

The Freud Museum is located in Maresfield Gardens. The house was once the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Austria following the Nazi annexation in 1938. It remained the family home until Anna Freud, the youngest daughter, died in 1982.Centrepiece of the museum is Freud's study, preserved just as it was during his lifetime.

20 Maresfield Gardens www.freud.org.uk







Freud's room