Pretty Hampstead Village, just a few miles from bustling downtown London, is where a small group of visitors meet for the Sunday morning tour. The setting, a pristine, preserved Georgian village set atop a verdant hill, is glorious. The group strolls the historic Heath, taking in striking views of the London skyline from Parliament Hill, while they learn of the village’s colorful past. Sigmund Freud, John Keats, Agatha Christie, and Walter Gropius, among others, have lived here, contributing to the town’s reputation as an artistic and intellectual hub. Today, Hampstead is home to some of the richest real estate in the United Kingdom.
The guide regales the group with tales of days past and present as they meander cobblestoned streets lined with old world cottages, country pubs, and one-of-a-kind shops. At the end of the tour, some go on to visit the Freud Museum, where you can see his famous couch, or to the Keats House Museum, where the famous poet lived from 1818 to 1820, and wrote “Ode to a Nightingale.” Others grab a pint of local ale at the 16th-century Spaniards Inn, one of London’s oldest pubs, toasting to a fine beginning to the day.
HAMPSTEAD VILLAGE WALKS Hampstead Village, England, Sunday, 10 a.m., about $11, www.walks.com
DIANE BAIR AND PAMELA WRIGHT