Hampstead Heath

Ghosts of London's Past
One of my favorite things about London was stumbling upon historical relics when I least expected it. Walking down from the Hampstead Heath, we reached a well-to-do neighborhood of brick homes with white trim. The first house we examined had a blue plaque with a familiar name; it was the former home of novelist George Orwell. Looks like he rose up from the days of being "Down and Out in Paris and London."
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Picnic at the Heath
There are many places to escape city life in London. One lovely place for a warm afternoon is the Hampstead Heath, a natural area filled with trees, greenery, and lakes with swimming areas. Parliament Hill is a favorite spot for picnicking, kite flying, and admiring the city skyline.

Take the London Overground train north to the Hampstead Heath stop, then walk uphill.
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