Hampstead Heath Ponds

This has been the busiest & most popular Gay Cruising ground in London, if not the world. Hampstead Heath is located Northwest of Central London north of Camden. There are 2 separate cruising ground in Hampstead Heath. Gay West Heath - Main cruising ground The west section of north London's Hampstead Heath. It is located just up the hill from Hampstead Tube Station on the Edgware Branch of the Northern Line. Follow Heath street(A502) towards north until you reach the artifical Whitestone Pond on the left adjacent to Jack Straws Castle apartments; the main entrance onto the Gay West Heath is from behind the appartments car park.The descent to the cruising area starts there.

Gay West Heath really is, like much of the gay scene, the most mixed of bags: lawyers get it on with barrow boys, multimillionaires with the unemployed - even celebrities with other celebrities. The male only Bathing Pond Hampstead Heath is in summer the hot spot for London boys to swim and cruise around. The Male Only swimming pond (Highgate Bathing Ponds) is to be found east section of the Hampstead Heath.The closest tube and rail way station is Gospel Oak. To access the pond there is a very cruisy changing area. Left from it you will also find a separate nude sunbathing area. In the fenced enclosure nudity is de rigeur amongst the regulars - the serious swimmers, chess players, weight-lifters, readers and sunbathers for whom this is a sort of club. Out on the springboards and in the water, costumes are required.

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Sun bathing in summers only. Cruising all year round. Cruising at night after sunset, till about 2 AM
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Hampstead Heath (West)
HampsteadTube Station, access is via Millfield Lane
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