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The world’s largest philosophy and music festival is coming to London in the summer of 2018. Feed your minds, bodies and souls at HowTheLightGetsIn. For one weekend only, you'll find the world's leading thinkers debating today's biggest ideas in the spectacular grounds of Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath.A festival packed with stimulating debates covering topics from politics, art, philosophy and science, there really is something for everyone. Confirmed speakers for the debate progamme include psychologist Steven Pinker, post-colonial theorist Homi Bhabha, Kurdish rights activist Elif Sarican, Call Me By Your Name author Andre Aciman, mathematician and Hawking collaborator Roger Penrose, and many others.

But it's not just all about the debates; HowTheLightGetsIn takes its music line-up seriously. Confirmed acts include Rae Morris, DJ Ewan Pearson, the signature sounds of The Bloom Twins, Guardian band of the week Stealing Sheep, London Beats Club, film star turned musician Harpo Smith and many more.


Steven Pinker, Roger Penrose, Andrew Motion, Rebecca Goldstein, Deborah Levy, Tariq Ali, Elif Sarican, George Galloway, Patricia Churchland, Philip Collins, Mary Ann Sieghart, Ritula Shah, Ray Tallis, Markus Gabriel, Peter Hitchens, Gerard t'Hooft, Chiara Marletto, Margaret Heffernan, Andre Aciman, Sean Carroll, Laura Mersini Houghton, David Malone, Joanna Kavenna, Heidi Rice, Christopher Timpson, Bella DePaulo, Helen Beebee, Laurence Scott



Rae Morris, Ewan Pearson, The Bloom Twins, Stealing Sheep, Harpo Smith, Hattie Briggs, Alex Cornish, London Beats Club, Citrus Society

Tickets on sale now: https://howthelightgetsin.org/london/festival-passes

Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath


Limited parking for cars only is available in the West Lodge CP Plus pay and display car park. Prices: Up to 2 hrs £3.00. Up to 4 hrs £5.00. Each additional hour £3.50. Disabled Blue Badge holders may park in any bay free of charge. There is a transfer service upon request for those with difficulty walking from the car park to the House and Restaurant. Free car parking is available on Hampstead Lane.Please note parking is available only for vehicles that can fit within a marked bay. The size of the bay is 4,66m x 2,35m.

Road Access

Hampstead Lane, NW3

Bus Access

TfL 210 (also bus H3 passes within a short walk)

Train Access

Gospel Oak or Hampstead Heath


There are seven disabled parking bays in main car park. Please note that parking is available only for vehicles that can fit within a marked bay. The size of the bay is 4,66m x 2,35m.

Name Distance Prices From
Welby 37 0.1 ml £60.00 Book
The Langorf 0.4 ml £89.10 Book
HAVERSTOCK HOTEL 0.4 ml £67.50 Book
Britannia Hampstead 0.5 ml £48.00 Book
La Gaffe Restaurant with Rooms 0.7 ml £85.00 Book
Camden Lock Hotel 0.9 ml £50.00 Book
198 Suites 0.9 ml £49.50 Book
291 Suites 1.0 ml £50.00 Book
274 Suites 1.0 ml £50.00 Book
The New Inn 1.0 ml £85.00 Book
Secret Hotel - Regents Park 1.1 ml £399.00 Book
Wellington Road Apartments 1.2 ml £59.50 Book
SO Quartier 1.3 ml £67.50 Book
BEST WESTERN Maitrise Maida Vale 1.3 ml £69.00 Book
The New London Carlton Hotel 1.3 ml £65.00 Book

Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, London, NW37JR