Posts Tagged ‘West Hampstead’

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Tube update: Finchley Road & Frognal and Hampstead

July 15, 2012

Today, Toby and I had a long lie-in and I finished watching Veronika Decides To Die (excellent, thought-provoking film; Sarah Michelle Gellar is captivating). We didn’t really know what to do with ourselves – we were debating whether to go to Westfield but decided that a Sunday trip would be better as it will hopefully be a little less busy. So after breakfast, I tempted Toby with the idea of going to Hampstead. I go up there for work sometimes, and the leafy, suburban feel is different to the London that we normally inhabit. We got the Overground from West Brompton to Finchley Road & Frognal:

Then, we walked up to see Sigmund Freud’s house on Maresfield Gardens. It’s £6 to go in and have a look, and I’d heard that the museum inside was fairly tiny, so we left that for another time when we were more in the mood, but from the outside the house was very quaint:

We then decided to explore Hampstead High Street, since I had heard that it was a lovely area, but had never been there myself.  On the walk there, the heavens opened and so we took shelter in Caffe Nero, where we had lunch. The rain passed, and we looked around the Oxfam Bookshop and Zara Home. I also saw Hampstead tube station:

We then walked back to West Hampstead to get the 328 back to Earls Court, which was a long journey! In my previous London Underground post on West Hampstead, I had just posted a picture of the Overground station, and as the bus was going past, I managed to snap a quick picture of the underground station across the road, so I thought I would add that one here too:

Oh the glamour! But it was lovely to explore parts of London we don’t see, and that have such a different feel to the Royal Borough and Fulham. I look forward to doing some more before the summer is over!

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Tube update: West Hampstead.

April 24, 2012

I have a new appreciation for the Overground, after deciding to try a different route home from the Hampstead campus on Monday afternoon. The hardest part of my journey was locating the above station – to get to West Hampstead, I had to walk behind Homebase, and then through the car park for a Volkswagen dealership. On the right, there was a big metal fence and a train track, and straight ahead this metal fence continued. I wandered around the car park perturbed. Eventually, I found a salesman who was rushing inside from the drizzle, and he indicated a tiny gap in a metal fence that I could walk through – it was technically a gate, but it was ajar and there was a chain linking the gate to the rest of the fence at the top. Quite bizarre!

Once I got on the train however, it was quite swift – even with having to change at Willesden Junction! And the best part was that it was a mere £1.50. I think I will try this trip again before making it my new route of choice, but I was pleasantly surprised. Onto the next!