Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath
While this weekend was destined to become one of the boring ones, a simple twist of fate turned it into a really nice one. London spring weather was amazingly sunny, my face is amazingly red and in stead of hanging around in cinemas someone showed me some areas in London I hadn’t been before.
I managed to climb both Parliament Hill and Primrose Hill this weekend. Both places are posh kingdoms, but both hills are worth climbing as they give you such a marvelous view over London. I had been on Parliament Hill before (eating Bill as a matter of fact), but this time we crossed the whole of Hampstead Heath, so I also finally got to see the beautiful Kenwood House (not yet inside, that’s kept for the winter time), the lakes and I experienced the nice feeling of being away from city noise.
Today we walked through most of Regent’s Park, I had never been there, and it’s probably the most beautiful park in London, very well kept, filled with beautiful tulips (which made my Dutch heart beat a tiny bit faster) and loads of other flowers, blooming trees, the pathetic rowing lake with men trying to impress their girlfriends while really not knowing how to row (yes I know I am a pathetic single girl who actually envies them), and lots more.
Both hills, and Regent’s Park feature in several London based films. I really don’t go and look for it but film scenes just tend to pop up in my head when I walk around in these places. That’s what you get when you live in films all the time. Feel free to skip this last bit if you couldn’t care less.
Here we go:
Harry Potter talks to the snake in the London Zoo, which is located in Regent’s Park. However, we discussed how incredibly ridiculous it actually is to have animals like giraffes and elephants captured in a small place in the middle of city like London. Seriously.
Some scenes from About a Boy (Hugh Grant did prove he can act – good film) are filmed here, and Primrose Hill features in Breaking and Entering (wonderful film), Bridget Jones II (I was good, II was incredibly crappy) and Imagine Me & You (I love this film). Hampstead Heath features in loads of films shot in London as well, Scenes of a sexual nature (great film) is nearly completely shot here and the last scene in Notes on a Scandal (what can I say, Bill-iant film) is shot here as well.
So yes, London showed itself from it’s best side, trying hard to cool down my more than serious love for New York a bit. What would help even more – can’t New York just return our actors to us? I mean why do they need to have both Bill and Kevin (“Spacey invaders” – currently doing Moon for the misbegotten on Broadway)? London just isn’t the same without them.
OK, apart from the fact that you can get sun struck (as I obviously am) in the London spring sun, both Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill / Regent’s Park are highly recommended for a walk, whenever you are in London.
Did you have a nice Easter weekend as well?
Oh, and something completely different: did I miss something in Beijing or what?