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29 September 2011

Explore Hampstead Pergola & Hill Gardens

Found in the slightly less visited West Heath area of Hampstead Heath, the Hampstead Pergola & Hill Gardens is a fantastic spot for an autumnal wander, with views across North London.

Created by of William, Lord Leverhulme, and inspired by his interest in architecture and landscape gardening, and the ideas of landscape architect Thomas Mawson, it was the crowning glory of his house The Hill, and took from the acquisition of the land in 1904 until 1925, shortly before Lord Leverhulme's death, to complete.

When Lord Leverhulme died, The Hill house passed to Baron Inverforth, hence its modern name, Inverforth House, who himself passed away in 1955. In 1960, The Hill Garden and its Edwardian terraces, gazebos and rose pergola were bought by London County Council, and they opened to the public in 1963.

The Garden makes a lovely spot for a wander, and the views out towards Harrow On The Hill can be spectacular on clear days. For more information, download a pdf guide at http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/B5F7A42F-FA5A-4087-A3A4-C3FFE907EB2D/0/OS_HH_pergola.pdf