Hampstead Heath.... covers 250 acres, though the surrounding open spaces bring the total area of public land to over 800. It is undoubtedly London's finest lung, a wild upland expanse of grassy slopes, birch woods, gorse, bracken, ponds, and avenues of limes. On summer Bank Holidays it becomes the playground of London, someties attracting a hundred thousand people. [Mee 717]

It has been claimed that the heath is "the largest open space within the boundary of any of the world's capitals" and perhaps it is. [Weinreb et al. 376]


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Hampstead Heath and the Visual Arts

Related Material


Mee, Arthur. London: Heart of the Empire and Wonder of the World. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1937.

Weinreb, Ben, et al., eds. The London Encyclopaedia. 3rd ed. London: Macmillan, 2008.

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