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Hampstead Pergola – The Grandeur of Run-down Terraces | London’s Secret Serene Haven

The Hampstead Pergola, a beautiful faded splendour hidden away in the north west corner of Hampstead Heath is one of London’s secret serene havens. This hidden treasure is a breathtaking wonder and perfect for all seasons to wander. You can’t but fall in love with the grandeur of these run-down terraces that radiate a sense of serenity at every step you take. Set on raised walkways, the endless corridors of Edwardian pillars are overgrown with vines, roses and exotic flowers. The subtle fragrance of roses fills the air, and views at every turn. This serene haven looks like a magical secret garden.

The Hampstead Pergola and Hill Gardens is a perfect destination in London (just 30 minutes from London Euston) to getaway to for a picnic with friends and family, or to enjoy some peace and quiet reflection. The Hampstead Pergola is a photographer’s paradise and a destination sought out for weddings and celebratory events.

In this guide, we take a look at how the story of these really pretty run-down terraces began, what happened along the way and who cares for them now. I have included several photos here, taken a few days ago, in the beautiful summer sun to give you an idea of how beautiful this place is but nothing beats the ‘here and now’ experience which are truly rich. Therefore, I give you all the practical information you need on how to get to Hampstead Heath Hill Garden and Pergola, opening times and where to park if you are not taking public transportation.

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The History of Hampstead Pergola

London’s secret serene haven in Hampstead Heath is the legacy of Lord Leverhulme and dates back to 1905.

Lord William Leverhulme ( 1851 — 1925)

William Leverhulme was born in Bolton to a grocer in 1851. Along with his brother, he established Lever Brothers in 1885, a soap manufacturing company. The business was immensely successful.

In 1904, Lord Leverhulme purchased an Edwardian mansion, ‘The Hill’ overlooking Hampstead Heath. He rebuilt his house to incorporate a wing to each side of the house, a ballroom and an art gallery. Over the course of the following year, he expanded his estate to include the land surrounding The Hill.

Lord Leverhulme loved landscape gardening. With this additional space and his love for landscape gardening, he decided to build a legacy, The Pergola. He wanted a spectacular garden to host extravagant Edwardian garden parties and at the same time a space where his family and friends could spend long summer evenings privately. To make his dream come true, he employed Thomas Mawson, a landscape architect and garden designer.

Navigate to learn more about Lord Leverhulme and the Leverhulme Trust.

Read: 12 Famous Parks in London

When was Hampstead Pergola built?

Construction of the Pergola began in 1905 and was completed in 1906. Over the following years, Lord Leverhulme extended his estate further, thereby also allowing for further extension to the Pergola in 1911 and 1925.

Decline, Restoration and Present Caretakers of Hampstead Pergola

Lord Leverhulme resided at The Hill until his death in 1925. He died of pneumonia at the age of 73. After his death, The Hill and gardens were bought by Baron Inverforth. ‘The Hill’ was renamed as Inverforth House and retains as such till today. Baron Inverforth died in 1955, and left the property to Manor House Hospital.

Unfortunately, by 1960, the hill garden and the pergola were in a poor state of dilapidation. London County Council stepped in to take over and carried out some restoration. The gardens were restored and opened to the public in 1963. Further restoration work was carried when the Corporation of London took over in the late 1980s, in whose care the Hampstead Heath Hill Garden and Pergola rests today.

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Inverforth House today

Inverforth House was sold to developers in the 1990s. The property was converted into two houses and several flats which are now privately owned.

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Practical Information for Hampstead Pergola

1 | Where is Hampstead Heath Hill Garden and Pergola?

Address: Inverforth Close, North End Way, London, NW3 7EX

Tel: 020 7332 3322

2 | Getting to Hampstead Heath Hill Garden and Pergola

2.1 | By London Tube/Underground

The nearest station to Hampstead Heath Hill Garden and Pergola is Golders Green on the Northern Line. You can access the Northern line at Euston Station. The journey between Euston Station and Golders Green is 15 minutes.

Use London’s TFL Planner to plan your journey.

From Golders Green Station, Hampstead Pergola is a 20-minute walk.

2.2 | By Bus

You could catch bus 210 and 268 from Golders Green Station and these take you to Inverforth House (Stop L), close to Hampstead Pergola. It takes about 2 minutes to walk from the bus stop to the Pergola.

Bus 210 from Golders Green Station headed towards Finsbury Park. Journey time is 9 minutes.

Bus 268 from Golders Green Station headed towards South Hampstead. Journey time is 10 minutes.

2.3 | Parking

The nearest car park to Hampstead Pergola is Jack Straw’s, offering 60 spaces and it is an uncovered car park. It takes 8 minutes to walk from the car park to Hampstead Pergola.

Address: City of London
Jack Straw’s
12 North End Way


  • 0-2 hours: £5
  • 2-4 hours: 10
  • each additional hour: £9

Parking with a valid Blue Badge is free.

**Prices correct at time of writing: June 2022

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3 | Is Hampstead Pergola free?

Admission to this hidden splendour is free throughout the year.

4 | Opening times:

Hampstead Heath Hill Garden and Pergola is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 hour before dusk, or 8:00 p.m. (whichever is earlier).

finally …

Although the Hampstead Heath Hill Garden and Pergola is under the care of the Corporation of London today, the Pergola was not fully restored to its former opulence. It went into slow decline since the death of Lord Leverhulme and remains a shell of its former sparkle. Nonetheless, the Hampstead Pergola offers history, nature views, beautiful fairytale settings in the summer sunshine and at any time of the year. Moreover, this faded splendour is unique in characterdistinctive, moody, eerie and absolutely amazing at the same time.

So, if you haven’t visited the Hill Garden and Pergola yet, pack your picnic basket, with sandwiches, a red, white or rosé, and head over for a mid-morning stroll while we have perfect weather. It is worth the time and the trip.

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5 Rewarding ways to experience St Paul’s Cathedral London

5 Rewarding ways to experience St Paul’s Cathedral London

A landmark of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most visited attraction and it never fails to leave visitors in awe. There are many rewarding ways to experience St Paul’s Cathedral London from a stand alone entry ticket with full access to all floors to private guided tours so you get to know of its history from a knowledgeable source. However, for great value for money tours, you could always combine a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral with a visit to other landmarks in London. In addition, you could purchase the London Pass for over several days so you could explore London at your own pace.

Whichever way you choose to learn more of St Paul’s Cathedral, the following 5 rewarding ways to experience St Paul’s Cathedral have been carefully selected to enhance and add value to your visit.

Entry ticket to St Paul’s Cathedral

5 rewarding ways to experience St Pauls Cathedral | A glimpse of the interior of St Paul's Cathedral. The nave where the choir sits on both sides.
A glimpse of the interior of St Paul’s Cathedral. The nave where the choir sits on both sides | Image: georgina_daniel

Enjoy this famous landmark of London with a discounted entry ticket. This ticket gives you access to the Cathedral floor and its crypt, its three galleries, affording you panoramic views over London.

This option is suitable for visitors who wish to explore this beautiful Cathedral at their own pace. Nevertheless, 2 to 3 hours is recommended for a rewarding and immersive experience.

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Combining St Paul’s Cathedral with other attractions in London

1 | Explore London on foot

Explore the City on foot and learn of London’s history. See 30 of London’s landmarks including the 1400 year old St Paul’s Cathedral.

This walking tour begins in Green Park, London and will take you through about 30 landmarks in London including:

Buckingham Palace | Trafalgar Square | Big Ben | Downing Street | Westminster Abbey | Whitehall | Houses of Parliament | London Eye | Shakespeare’s Globe Theater | London Bridge | Southwark Cathedral | The Shard | HMS Belfast | Square Mile | Tower Bridge | Tower of London

Your final stop is St Paul’s Cathedral where your guide will leave you to explore the Cathedral at your own pace. Entry to St Paul’s is included in this tour price

This tour takes approximately 6 hours and requires good footwear.

2 | St Paul’s Cathedral + London Eye + Tower of London + Thames River Cruise

Join this full day tour of London city which will take you on a historic journey of London – from Tower of London, Greenwich and St Paul’s Cathedral. Marvel at the magnificent Crown Jewels at the Tower, explore Greenwich on foot, enjoy the marvelous panoramic views over the city from the iconic London Eye. As well, learn more of London while on a cruise of the famous River Thames.

This tour includes admission to the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. As always, when on a London tour, wear appropriate footwear.

3 | Westminster + St Paul’s Cathedral Walking tour

This comprehensive walking tour takes you through the popular area of Westminster in London. Learn much from your knowledgeable guide before arriving at St Paul’s Cathedral where the tour guide leaves you to explore the Cathedral at your own pace.

Entry to St Paul’s Cathedral is included in this tour and is provided by our Trusted Partner, Viator, a Tripadvisor company.

4 | Enjoy London on a London hop-on hop-off bus tour

Design an itinerary on London and explore the city at your own pace with one of these great value for money hop-on hop-off bus experiences. Hop-on and hop-off as much as you like between six different bus routes for the duration of your ticket and explore on foot with free walking tours. See Buckingham Palace, Westminster, Piccadilly Circus, London Eye, Tower of London, and much more with this offer. This offer is subject to T & Cs as it depends very much on whether your purchase is for 24, 48 or 72 hours.

5 | Enjoy London with over 80+ attractions with The London Pass

Access over 80 attractions and one day of hop-on hop-off bus tour with this highly recommended discounted London Pass. Valid for the selected duration of 1 to 10 days (from first activation), the London Pass comes with a guide book packed with helpful tips, and maps, making this selection one of the many rewarding ways to experience St Paul’s Cathedral London.

Recommended read: 7 key benefits of the London Pass and what to expect when you buy one!

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Guided Tours for Top 10 Experiences in London

Guided Tours for Top 10 Experiences in London

I am an absolute believer that guided tours are sometimes necessary to maximise my experiences when on vacation. This is especially so when my visits are only for a few days and I want to learn/know as much as I possibly can of my destination. I tend to book a couple of guided tours so I do not worry about transport to get there and back as well. Besides, I do like all the “inside scoop” that only travel guides sometimes know. As such, guided tours are totally up my alley because it takes stress off me to plan with regards to that destination.

My trip to Geneva was a short weekend break and I wanted to see more than just the city. I booked a day trip guided tour to Mont Blanc from Geneva. This was a full-on 10 hour tour and was one of my most memorable, special and an unforgettable experience.

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Given my simple and rewarding experiences with guided tours at destinations, that I have the following suggestions on London for you to explore the City with:

[Kindly note that some tours may be sold out months ahead, especially the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour – Harry Potter fans, book your tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment]


Convenience of Guided Tours

Booking your activities with Get Your Guide is super easy! They have mobile-friendly payment and tickets for booking on the go system. This means mostly with a couple of clicks, you are done. In some instances, you will have the purchase delivered to you if you wish. Mostly though, you can download it onto your phone, show it at the door, and if you purchase the skip-the-line tickets, you can walk straight through

You can purchase these activities at the time you begin to plan your vacation which may be months, weeks, days ahead or you could purchase them like I did, when I visited Milan – just a few hours before joining the activity at Milan Cathedral. If you decide to purchase them in advance, you still have the flexibility of cancellation up to 24-hours before the activity commence.

However, some activities may have different requirements. Please read specific T and Cs pertaining to the activities when you book them.

As always, I am contactable via email – ggdaniel166@gmail.com or via Contact Form if you need any further suggestions or help in designing your itinerary to London.

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