Hampstead Pergola is a beautiful example of faded grandeur and undeniably one of London's hidden treasures. It is necessarily an elevated walkway, overgrown with vineyards and exotic flowers, set in some wonderfully dramatic gardens. The history of the Pergola dates back to 1904 when Lord Leverhulme, a wealthy philanthropist, and lover of landscape gardening, purchased a large townhouse on the Heath called "The Hill." Over the following year, Lord Leverhulme expanded his estate by acquiring the surrounding land, and with this new space, he decided to build a legacy; his pergola. He wanted it to be the setting for extravagant Edwardian garden parties, while at the same time being a place where his family and friends could spend long summer nights enjoying the spectacular gardens.
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