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London Sights

Burgh House and Hampstead Museum

  • New End Sq. Map It
  • Hampstead
  • House/Mansion/Villa

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One of Hampstead's oldest buildings, Burgh House was built in 1704 to take advantage of the natural spa waters of the then-fashionable Hampstead Wells. A private house until World War II, it was saved from dereliction in the 1970s by local residents, who have been restoring and maintaining it ever since. The building is a fine example of the genteel elegance common to the Queen Anne period, with redbrick box frontage, oak paneled rooms, and a terraced garden that was originally designed by Gertrude Jekyll. Today the house contains a small but diverting museum on the history of the area, and also hosts regular talks, concerts, and recitals. The secluded garden courtyard of the café is a lovely spot for lunch, tea, or glass of wine on a summer's afternoon. Call ahead if you're visiting on a weekend, however, as the house is often rented out as a wedding venue on Saturday.

Sight Information


New End Sq., London, NW3 1LT, England

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • House, Wed.–Fri. and Sun. noon–5; café, Wed.–Fri. 11–5, weekends 9:30–5:30


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