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View towards Central London from the top of Parliament Hill
Kite Flyer on Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill is an area of the south-east corner of Hampstead Heath, an area of open parkland in north-west London. It is administered by the City of London Corporation together with the rest of Hampstead Heath.[1] The Eastern (Highgate) side, including Parliament Hill Lido, is known as Parliament Hill Fields, and the area's girls' school, Parliament Hill School, is named after it.

Once known as Traitors' Hill, it acquired its current name during the English Civil War when it was occupied by troops loyal to the English Parliament. The hill is not, as the name might suggest, home to the Houses of Parliament: they are located several miles south of the hill, in Westminster, though it does have a good view of them. Indeed, there is a legend that this hill was where Guy Fawkes and Robert Catesby planned to watch the destruction of parliament in the Gunpowder Plot of 5 November 1605.[2]

Informally, part of it is now called Kite Hill due to its popularity with kite flyers. The hill is around 321 feet (98 m) high, and although it is actually lower than most of the rest of Hampstead Heath, it is notable for the excellent views it provides of the London skyline. It is possible to see the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf and the City of London, along with St Paul's Cathedral and other landmarks, all together in one view, some of which are protected views.

The hill is used as a location for part of the 2005 film The Wedding Date, and also appeared briefly in Run Fatboy Run (2007).

Parliament Hill is renowned as a cross-country running venue and hosted the 2009 English National Championships.

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Coordinates: 51°33′37″N 0°09′38″W / 51.56026°N 0.16067°W / 51.56026; -0.16067



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