Shami Chakrabarti on Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath

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Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath is like a little bit of countryside in a major capital city.  It is huge – 800 acres of open space and Parliament Hill, at 98 metres, is one of the highest points in London.

This gives you breathtaking views – the buildings of the City, the Shard, St Paul’s, the 'Gherkin', Canary Wharf and as far as the Olympic Park at Stratford.  Further round you can see the London Eye and the Crystal Palace antenna, as well as the BT Tower and the Roundhouse.

“You can lose yourself and feel as if you’re in the countryside, and then you can look up and see this massive sprawling metropolis just above the trees.  It’s the contrast that’s so unusual: man and nature, development and unspoiled land so close together.”

Shami Chakrabarti worked with VocalEyes Describer Eleanor Margolies on the description of Hampstead Heath.


Shami Chakrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti is the Director of Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties).  She joined Liberty as In-House Counsel in 2001 and rose to become Director two years later. 

Since joining Liberty, Shami has written, spoken and broadcast widely on human rights and civil liberties being an essential component of a democratic society.

She played a primary role in Liberty’s engagement with the “War on Terror” and with the defence and promotion of human rights values in Parliament, the Courts and wider society.

A barrister by background, Shami was called to the Bar in 1994 and worked as a lawyer in the Home Office from 1996 until 2001.

She is currently the Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, a Governor of the British Film Institute, and a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, in addition to being a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple.

She was recently invited to be one of six independent assessors advising Lord Justice Leveson in his Public Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the UK Press.

Shami was awarded her CBE in 2007.

Directions, Access and Additional Information

On exiting Hampstead Heath station, turn right and follow the road, Parliament Hill, which terminates at Hampstead Heath and becomes a pathway.  Follow the path directly in front of you all the way to Parliament Hill which is marked by a small copse of trees.

The pathway to Parliament Hill is relatively flat with moderate slopes.

Open all year.

Parking - There is limited street parking.

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46 and 268 north


Hampstead Heath