Keats Grove, a turning off Downshire Hill, to the right of the Regency church of St Johns Downshire Hill, is surely one of the loveliest streets not just in Hampstead but in the whole of London, and Keats House with its splendid garden is a fitting monument to this poetic genius (who originally trained as an apothecary). His passion for poetry led to his friendship with the owners of this house, where he lived for the most creative period of his life in the hope that getting away from the smoke to the fresh air of Hampstead Heath would restore his constitution, as they used to say. The interior has been lovingly refurbished to reflect the kind of home it would have been when Keats wrote his "Ode to a Nightingale", and many of his personal belongings and relics are on display. One of the most moving literary homes in England. Take the Northern Line to Hampstead and then walk down Rosslyn Hill and turn left into Downshire Hill, or the Overground to Hampstead Heath. There is an admission fee but you can come back again with the same ticket. More details: http://www.keatshouse.cityoflondon.gov.uk/
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