Lying just south of Parliament Hill, Gospel Oak was once fields of watercress beds. The famous oak tree from which the area’s name derives stood here until the late 1800s and underneath it ceremonial Gospel readings were given to assembled parishioners. It evolved into a working class, residential neighbourhood, with much new social housing constructed after wartime bombing. Many famous names reside here, including actor and broadcaster Michael Palin and Government advisor Alistair Campbell. Of note are the unique modernist Isokon flats and the splendid late Victorian All Hallows Church by James Brook, celebrated for its impressive acoustics and often a venue for classical concerts.
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Places of Interest:
Kentish Town City Farm - 1 Cressfield Close, Kentish Town, London, NW5 4BN.
Large city farm in the heart of Camden.
All Hallows Church - Savernake Road Gospel Oak, NW3 2LD. Large and impressive church.
Isokon flats, Lawn Road NW3. Listed flats of special architectural interest.
Lido, Parliament Hill, NW5. Open-air unheated pool on Hampstead Heath.
Queen’s Crescent Market, Queen’s Crescent, NW5. Street market open Thursday and Saturday offering bargain-priced clothes and household goods.
Hampstead Heath - Silverlink
Gospel Oak – Silverlink
Belsize Park – Northern Line
The Royal Free Hampstead, Pond Street, London, NW3 2QG