Hampstead, Swiss Cottage and Hendon are counted among the best districts to visit in Greater London. Below are some details about the three places:
Hampstead is located 4 miles north-west of Charing Cross, and is known for liberal, artistic, intellectual, literary and musical associations. It is also known for Hampstead Health, parkland’s huge hilly expanses.
Brief History of Hampstead
Though the history of the place is traced back to 17th century, but earlier records could be found in 986 AD. Hampstead was initially fashionable but the popularity declined due to development of other fashionable spas in London in the 1800s. In 1882 the spa of Hampstead was demolished. After the opening of North London Railway the area started expanding. Notable buildings such as Hampstead tube station, Isokon building, Hampstead theatre and Royal Free Hospital were built in the 20th century.
Places of interest
• The largest ancient parkland of London is here named Hampstead Health. It has got three open-air swimming ponds for men, women and mixed bathing.
• There are several churches to visit such as Christ Church at Hampstead Square, St Luke’s at Kidderpore Avenue and St Mary’s Chapel at 4 Holly Place.
• Museums of attractions in Hampstead are Fenton House at Hampstead Grove, Freud Museum at 20 Maresfield Gardens, Keats house Museum at Keats Grove and Kenwood House on Hampstead Lane.
• Popular pubs and restaurants include The Flask, Freemasons Arms, The Duke of Hamilton, King William IV, The Magdala, The Garden Gate, La Gaffe, Jin Kichi, Al Casbah and CrimeaJewel.
Transport System of Hampstead
The nearest tube stations are Belsize Park, Hampstead and Swiss Cottage. The nearest railway stations are Hampstead Health and Frognal.
Nearest Places from Hampstead
• Belsize Park
• Primrose Hill
• Chalk Farm
• Regent’s Park
• Child’s Hill
• South Hampstead
• St John’s Wood
• Swiss Cottage
• Golders Green
• Gospel Oak
• West Hampstead
Located 3.2 miles north-west of Charring Cross, Swiss Cottage is district of London Borough of Camden. Swiss Cottage is named after The Swiss Tavern inn built in Swiss Chalet style in 1804. Later the inn was renamed as Swiss Cottage.
Brief History of Swiss Cottage
The Swiss Cottage district was developed after Finchley Road Act 1826. The act authorised Avenue Road and Finchley New Road construction with Swiss Tavern being built at these new roads’ junction. With Odeon cinema opening and Regency Lodge flats in the year 1937 and 1938 the neighbourhood of Avenue Road and Finchley Road was redeveloped. London County Council constructed local authority housing here after WWII.
Transport System of Swiss Cottage
There are two tube stations in Swiss Cottage on the Jubilee line – Finchley Road and Swiss Cottage. The area is also a hub for London Buses. The district is connected with rail line from Metropolitan Railway Swiss Cottage station built in 1868.
Politics in Swiss Cottage
Earlier the Swiss Cottage was under Hampstead and Highgate constituency. Now it is in Hampstead and Kilburn constituency.
located 7 miles north-west of Charing Cross, Hendon is a suburb of London. The word Hendun means ‘at the highest hill’.
Brief History of Hendon
Historically Hendon was a civil parish in Middlesex county. Roman settlement evidences are found in area. In the Sunny Hill Park of Hendon an urn burial of headless child was also found.
In the 1860s the Great Northern Railways and Midland Railway were built in the area. The underground rail reached in 1907 at Golders Green of the district. The major industries catered in the area were manufacturing, aviation and motor. In 1894 it became urban district.
Transport System in Hendon
Hendon Central tube station serves the district. It has several bus routes and buses ply to and fro from Brent Cross Shopping Centre, West End and Wembley National Stadium. Minicab also plies within Hendon for local commuters at A1, A41, Watford Way and Hendon Way.
Schools In Hendon
Hendon School is the main secondary school of the district.
Sports in Hendon
Hendon F.C. is the football club of Hendon. The district also got a golf club and Leisure Centre. Hendon & Mill Hill Hockey Club is ladies hockey club.
Notable People from Hendon
• Physicist David Bohm
• Footballer Gary Breen
• Actor and producer John Clements
• Footballer and cricketer Denis Compton
• Heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper
• Novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
• Writer Richerd Llewellyn
• Labour politician Peter Mandelson
• Actress Lacey Turner