Hampstead is a suburb of London about 5 miles northwest of the centre of the city; the north-western part of the London Borough of Camden. Hampstead Village can be traced back to the 17th century, when springs with alleged medicinal qualities were discovered.
It has long been a haunt of artists, writers and intellectuals; its famous inhabitants have included John Keats, Sigmund Freud, John Constable, George Orwell and Edward Elgar. Its Member of Parliament (as of 2002) is the actress Glenda Jackson.
Hampstead Village has many attractive restaurants and famous pubs, such as the now defunct Jack Straw's Castle. Hampstead Heath is one of London's favourite (and largest) open spaces.