Hampstead Heath is well-known for its natural beauty and tranquility, but an even more peaceful spot is a lesser-known gem located nearby. Overlooking West Heath stands Hampstead Hill and Pergola; The Hill (now Inverforth House) was an Edwardian mansion owned by Lord Leverhulme. The wealthy idealist dreamed of a pergola (a raised walkway) to compliment his home, and set about the build between 1905 and 1925. The opulent site came complete with exotic plants and acres of nature, and was to be the location of many a garden party.
Now owned by London County Council, it has been open to the public since 1963 and is undergoing continued renovation. To this day the pergola offers stunning views of the surrounding beautiful gardens, perfectly landscaped. Quite literally off the beaten track, it isn’t the easiest place to find, but it’s well worth the effort. Eerily quiet and still, its grandeur may have faded, but its perfection has not.
Despite London’s many treasures, this is undoubtedly the most peaceful and beautiful place in the capital, taking you so far away from the city that you forget you’re even in it at all.
N End Way, Greater London, NW3 7