Kenwood House

Hampstead Heath, London

Kenwood House is the longest-running outdoor music venue in the UK, beginning annual summer concerts in 1951. However, its long association with outdoor music can be traced back very much further - to the 1750’s when Promenade (Proms) Concerts first became popular in London’s outdoor pleasure gardens.

The origins of a stately home on the northernmost part of Hampstead Heath began in the early 17th Century and its architectural evolution over a 400 year period, from a grand neoclassical villa to its current Georgian splendour, makes Kenwood House a culturally unique example of London's aristocratic heritage. In 1754, it was bought by William Murray, the first in a long line of Earls of Mansfield who lived at Kenwood for almost 200 years, until in 1925 it was bought by Lord Iveagh, a member of the Irish Guinness family who furnished it with one of the most important art collections in the UK - featuring works by Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Vermeer and Reynolds. Upon his death in 1927, Iveagh left the house and grounds to the State, stipulating that the public must not be charged a fee to view his treasured art collection. It's now maintained and cared for by English Heritage.

One third of the estate is a site of unique scientific interest, particularly the ancient woodlands which are home to many rare birds and insects and the well-tended, landscaped grounds contain world-famous sculptures by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. This gem of London (and indeed of the whole nation), provides a perfect backdrop to Heritage Live’s summer concerts.

Kenwood House

Hampstead Lane, Hampstead Heath, London NW3 7JR

GETTING HERE

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How to get to Kenwood House

All customers are requested to use public transport as there is no car parking at Kenwood House or the surrounding area.

CAR PARK

The small car park is for Disabled customers only and disabled customers must book a space in advance by contacting Ticketmaster on 0844 844 0444.

BUS

Kenwood House (210, 603, H3) – Last bus runs 1:22am towards Brent Cross Shopping Centre, 12:38 am towards Finsbury Park Station)

Compton Avenue (Stop Q/Stop E 210,603) – Last bus runs 12:39 am towards Finsbury Park, 1:21 am towards Brent Cross Shopping Centre

TRAIN

Hampstead Heath (1.6 miles away/ 7mins via E Heath Rd and B519) – last departure towards Stratford 23:33

Gospel Oak (2 miles away/ 8mins via Highgate Hill & Hampstead Lane/ B519)– last departure towards Stratford 23:31

TUBE

It is a 20 minute walk from Highgate tube station (Northern Line) to Kenwood House.

  • Highgate (0.7 miles away) – last departure towards Morden 00:15, last departure towards Mill Hill 00:09
  • Golders Green (1.6 miles away)– last departure towards Morden 00:14, last departure towards Edgeware 01:01
  • Hampstead (1.4 miles away)– last departure towards Morden 00:17, towards Edgeware 00:56
  • Archway (1.6 miles away) – last departure towards Morden 00:17, towards Mill Hill East 00:07

BICYCLE

Please find this location on The National Cycle Network

TAXI

Taxis will not be permitted to enter the grounds of Kenwood House. Therefore, please arrange for drop off / pick up of taxis to be on Hampstead Lane (between the West Lodge & East Lodge entrances of Kenwood House).

  • Minicab Express – 53 Mill Ln, London NW6 1NB 020 7431 3400 (24 Hour, By quote only). Book online here.
  • West End Lane Mini Cabs – 134 West End Ln, London NW6 1SA 020 7328 200045 (24 Hours, By quote) Book online here.
  • IphCars Airport Transfer MiniCab Kentish Town – 161 Malden Rd, Belsize Park, London NW5. 020 7267 5555 (24 Hour). Book online here.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW

Small picnics permitted. Alcohol must be purchased on site. Deck chairs will be available to hire for the evening at £10 each. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Covid-19 guidance and regulations relating to social distancing will apply. There is no parking at Kenwood House - please use public transport.

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