Thursday, 12 February 2015
Despite my initial dismay at realising most of the photos I had taken that day had come out blurry, I thought I'd still try and piece together a post on my visit to Keats House. Located in Hampstead, it's where Romantic poet John Keats once lived between 1818 - 1820 and where he met and fell in love with Fanny Brawne, who later became the subject of his famous love sonnet, Bright Star. Ode to a Nightingale was also reportedly written under a plum tree in the garden. Now they have built a museum inside it, housing artifacts such as the engagement ring Keats gave to Brawne and his death mask. The 2009 film Bright Star, based on their tragic relationship, is one of my absolute favourites so it was interesting to get an idea of where everything happened in real life. My friend and I also took a walk around the Heath (an old park spanning 790 acres) as it was our first time visiting this area. It was the coldest day and the grass was slippery with frost but the views were spectacular and we got to watch the sun set from the highest point on the Heath.
More information about Keats House including opening times can be found here.
Are you a fan of Keats' work? The house is definitely worth a visit if you're around London.