Exploring London: The Hill Garden and Pergola

23 April 2018

After seeing a post in TimeOut London about parts of London that had pretty flowers blooming in Spring I decided to visit one of the recommended spots. There was no Wisteria blooming in the Pergola and Hill Garden but we still had a wonderful time and it was nice to explore North London some more.

The area is so picturesque and my friend and I had such a lovely day wandering around the place, snapping away and getting some photos of ourselves! The whole thing is free and when we went it wasn't full at all, I'd say there were about 15 people walking around. We ended up near a pond area and there was a couple doing wedding pictures and shooting a video - complete with a drone! The Pergola is popular wedding destination and I can understand why!

 This is the huge townhouse that sits just behind the Pergola. The Pergola was built by a past owner who wanted to have amazing garden parties that had a spectacular view - imagine being invited to a party at this place!

The area has such breathtaking views of Hampstead Heath, I sort of feel like my pictures do not do it justice but I hope I'm covering about 75% of what makes this place so special! It's such a unique place with the greenery, the pillars and the overgrown vines around the pillars. It really feels like a gem within London. 

I absolutely looove these photos that my friend managed to capture of me. I love the lighting and the way the blossoms come into the photo. Now I just need to work on smizing!

Finally, I took a whole bunch of pictures of the cherry blossom - I'm still trying to perfect photos using the 50mm lens, I haven't got there yet but it is lovely practising with it and after editing the photos in Lightroom, I'm even more happy with how these photos turned out.

I 100% recommend taking a look at The Hill Garden and Pergola during Spring and probably even the Summer. I know it would still be nice in the winter but I think Spring is perfect because it isn't too hot (as there's no shade here) but isn't freezing cold either. I'm outstanding that I didn't know this was on my doorstep, if you're ever visiting London it's certainly a sight to visit and walk around. Especially with it being in Hampstead, it means you can use this as your starting point and go on to look at the rest of the park as well as Hampstead. I'm loving finding different things to do in London on the weekend that just make me feel more grateful for the city I've grown up in. 

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