Secret Garden: The Hill Garden and Pergola, Hampstead

An atmospheric hidden garden in Hampstead, this walkway and gardens are to be found north of Hampstead near Jack Straw’s Castle.

It was originally part of the gardens associated with Inverforth House and built by then resident Viscount Leverhulme, owner of Lever Brothers soap manufacturers – now Unilever. He bought over two adjacent houses to create the extensive gardens (a public right of way bisects them). It was built to hold sumptuous garden parties as well as for the use of Leverhulme’s family.

The most impressive feature in these gardens is a beautifully restored timber pergola, covered with luscious climbing roses and vines. There is also a more manicured part with small paddling pool – a quiet haven accessible from Hampstead Heath itself.

The material used to build the walkways and columns was in fact left over from the excavation of ground for the nearby Northern Line extension at Hampstead.

This is a lovely location for a wander or a quiet read of your book which we came across as part of a London Open Garden Squares weekend and is a Hampstead must-see.

Information

Underground: about 1km walk from Golders Green Station.

Bus: routes 210 and 268 pass by North End Road, a short distance away.

Car: limited parking may be found in adjacent roads, public parking available at Jack Straw’s Castle.

City of London information on Hill Garden

Entrance; Inverforth Close NW3 off North End Way

 

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