One of London's most popular open spaces with hills, ancient woodlands and ponds, Hampstead Heath, boasts beautiful countryside and rich wildlife in the city. The Heath, as it's locally known, is one of the highest points of London and runs from Hampstead to Highgate. It's ideal for a family day out with a huge range of recreational opportunities, like walking, swimming, kite-flying and petanque. The Heath is home to a zoo, an athletics track, three swimming ponds, a lido and an adventure playground for children. It adjoins the attractive Kenwood House and is where you'll find Parliament Hill, which has a spectacular view over London that's protected by law.