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This is one of the best views of London

July 23, 2019

This is one of London's most popular green spaces and considering the views it offers, that's hardly surprising. I'm talking about Hampstead Heath, a huge green park located in the north of London. It really is huge, I must say. We can spend hours exploring the many trails.

 

Hampstead Heath has always been a popular place for authors and poets. Alexander Pope, John Arbuthnot, Richard Steele, and later John Keats, Percy Shelley and Leigh Hunt, were frequent visitors. Whilst living in London, Karl Marx and his family went to the heath regularly, as their favourite outing.

 

In the 19th century, it was almost destroyed by local landowner Maryon Wilson, who planned to transform the Heath into an estate. Locals were set against the idea, and they managed to win the legal battle again Wilson. The Heath remained. 

 

Hampstead Heath's ponds are some of its main attractions...  I didn't know it, but the River Fleet (London's lost river), runs right through there. You can hear it flowing on the west side of Hampstead Heath, the Vale of the Health. 

 

In Parliament Hill you'll find the best view of London's entire city skyline. From up there you can see the BT Tower, London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral, Gherkin, the Shard and Sky Garden.

 

It is very special during summertime as hundreds of young locals go there to do yoga, sunbath, drink and swim in the ponds. Originally it was a point of defence during the English Civil War, and it was named after the troops loyal to Parliament and was often referred to as Traitor's Hill. 

 

I love to go there during the sunset hours...

Este é um dos espaços verdes mais populares de Londres e considerando as vistas que oferece, não admira. Estou a falar de Hampstead Heath, um enorme parque verde localizado a norte de Londres. Ele é realmente enorme, devo dizer. Podemos passar horas a explorar os milhentos caminhos.

 

Hampstead Heath sempre foi um local popular entre autores e poetas. Alexander Pope, John Arbuthnot, Richard Steele e, mais tarde, John Keats, Percy Shelley e Leigh Hunt, foram visitantes frequentes. Enquanto viveram em Londres, também Karl Marx e a sua família iam ali regularmente, era o seu passeio favorito.

 

No século XIX, foi quase destruído pelo proprietário de terras local Maryon Wilson, que planeava transformar a zona numa enorme propriedade. Os locais afirmaram-se contra aquela ideia, e conseguiram ganhar a batalha legal contra Wilson. Hampstead permaneceu intacto.

 

Os lagos de Hampstead Heath são também uma das suas principais atrações ... Eu não sabia, mas o River Fleet (rio perdido de Londres) passa por ali. Conseguimos ouvi-lo a correr no lado oeste de Hampstead Heath, no Vale of Health.

 

Na Parliament Hill, é onde encontramos a melhor vista do horizonte da cidade inteira de Londres. Lá de cima podemos vislumbrar a BT Tower, o London Eye, a Catedral de St. Paul, o Gherkin, o Shard e o Sky Garden.

 

É muito especial durante o verão, já que centenas de jovens locais vão para lá fazer yoga, apanhar sol, beber e nadar nas lagoas. Originalmente, este foi um ponto estratégico de defesa durante a Guerra Civil Inglesa, e foi assim chamado em homenagem às tropas leais ao Parlamento, tendo sido também muitas vezes chamado de Traitor's Hill.

 

Adoro lá ir durante as horas do pôr do sol...

 

 

 

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