A Summer Stroll to Hampstead

The Frustrated Gardener


For the first time this year, London swelters under hot sunny skies. We took a walk from our home in Highgate across the Heath to Hampstead. Gardens for once look dry and weary, signalling the start of late summer. Hydrangeas and Japanese anemones luxuriate in the shade. The pace is slow in London at this time of year, anyone not on holiday is making the most of sunshine and the city’s relative August emptiness. The ponds on the Heath were packed with swimmers and every inch of sun and shade was being taken advantage of for picnics, newspaper reading or sunbathing.

Our mission was to find somewhere nice for lunch (well done to The Wells in Well Walk, which is always good) and to visit Fenton House, a rare National Trust property in this part of north London. More on that shortly. Whilst the ground might be dry, this is…

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