The search for the “Labyrinth park”: Field research in Hamptstead Heath
As I’ve mentioned before I really want to know where the opening scene of Labyrinth was filmed and now that I live in London I have the opportunity to look around and actually do some field research.
The imdb.com page for Labyrinth mentions one of it’s filming locations as Hampstead Heath which is a large park in the middle of London. Since Jim Henson had a house in Hampstead and Jennifer Connelly lived in a house there for the five months she spent in London filming Labyrinth I felt it was the most logical place to start my search.
While it has many ponds and plenty of large trees (the points of reference I was keeping an eye out for) I never felt it looked quite right so I decided to go there and see for myself if it looked anything like the park in the movie.
Keeping in mind that of course the park could have changed over the 25 years since the movie was filmed I took a still picture from the movie with me and headed out early in the morning. The heath is large and it took me and my friend all day to cover the places we most felt were possible filming locations. There are also smaller parks connected to the Heath like the Kenwood house and Estate and we made sure we covered those grounds as well, just in case.
Nothing seemed to look quite like the picture and after we’d finished looking at all the ponds and lakes we could find we concluded that the opening scene in Labyrinth was in fact, not shot in Hampstead Heath.
It was however a lovely park and I insisted on looking at “Sphagnum bog” which is on the Kenwood estate, imagine my disapoinment when it didn’t look anything like the bog of eternal stench. 😆
The search continues and I’ll of course post my updates here.