Magdala pub: The Ruth Ellis Case
Opposite the entrance to Hampstead Heath train station is The Magdala pub , most famous for its links to Ruth Ellis who in 1955 became the last woman in Britain to be hanged. Ruth Ellis shot and killed her lover , David Blakely directly outside the pub and there is a plaque on the wall ( see photo below)
- Historical Travel
Odeon IMAX Theatre: At the Swiss Cottage
The Odeon IMAX Theatre is a big IMAX movie theatre showing the well-known 3-D IMAX movies.
The Cinema has 5 screens.
It's close to Swiss Cottage, original a tavern built in 1804 in the style of a Swiss chalet. The area was par of the Hampstead burrough, but now is part of Camden.
Well, it's Swiss Cottage in Greater London!
- Family Travel
- Arts and Culture
- Theater Travel
Pentameters Theatre: Theatre near the tube
I had never heard of Pentameters Theatre until I actually came across it when walking through Hampstead.
Only 1 minute from the tube this theatre was founded in 1968 by local resident Leonie Scott Matthews and it shows a wide variety of productions. Housed in a building called The Horseshoe it is very well situated for pre theatre drinks or meals.
I have never attended this theatre but include it in order to provide comprehensive Hampstead tips.
Dress Code: Unsure but I think casual acceptable.
- Arts and Culture
Spaniards Inn: The Highwayman's Pub
After exploring Hampstead Heath for a couple of hours there is no better place to stop for a drink than Spaniards Inn, at the northern end of the Heath beyond Kenwood House. This historic pub dates from the 18th century and is rumoured to the birthplace of Dick Turpin, an infamous 18th century highwayman. Whether or not he was born here is uncertain, but it is known that his father was a landlord here and that he operated from here, usually robbing from people who passed along the adjacent Spaniards road.
John Keats, another famous Hampstead resident, is said to have written his famous “Ode to a nightingale” while relaxing in the beer garden though the museum at Keats House in Hampstead claim it happened in their garden, Keats’s home at the time.
Whatever about the legends associated with the Inn, nowadays it's a popular pub serving great food and very good beer. I was pleasantly surprised to fine Budwar, Staropramen and Franziskaner Weissbeer on draught as well as traditional English ales and bitters. There's a huge car-park out the back and they even have special dog-wash out the back for the numerous dog-walkers who pass this way. If you’re in the area I strongly recommend a visit.
Holly Bush: Great local pub in Hampstead
Whenever I'm in Hampstead I try to visit this the Holly Bush as it's one of my favourites in all of London.
The pub is near Hampstead High Street though it can be difficult to find as it's hidden away down a quiet back street. There has been a pub here since the start of the 18th century and it's such a relaxed and cosy place you get the feeling that little has changed over the years.
They serve great beers here and there is always quite a good atmosphere. Also, you may bump into someone famous - many celebrities live in Hampstead and I remember one time seeing Liam Gallagher from Oasis at the table beside us.
King William IV pub in Hampstead: gay scene
I have no experience of this venue personally, but have been told this is a popular gay bar. The multicoloured banner hangs outside. There are always men inside visible from the street. The blackboard outside advertises snacks [pitta bread with salad and humous for 3.5 GBpounds, and there is mention of live entertainment
Dress Code: casual
- Beer Tasting
- Gay and Lesbian
The Holly Bush: Probably the best pub in Hampstead (& in London ?)
Okay i think i said alot about it in my other tips & Intro but this Pub is my favorite one !!
It was my "home" pub and i spent there lots of hours sometimes day after day..
I love this place, its so nice and has a very good service, real fire place, good food made freshly (kitchen open twice aday) and some of the best ale !
It has a few rooms which you can sit in, some small and very cozy and 2 rooms which are bigger.
Its actually one of the oldest pubs of london and began life in the mid 17th. century.
Thats one place that there's no question if i'm gona visit next time...
Christmas Day opens only two hours at noon.
The Flask: And one more famous good pub
The flask is another nice pub, its located in one of my favorites Streets of Hampstead, The Flask Walk, a very little St. looks as if from a pic' .
There are two bars at the front which are separated by a beautiful glazed partition which was added in the 1880's.
They serve Good Ale, food and if you go to tour the pubs of Hampstead make sure to visit there as well.
Ye old white bear: Another cozy lovely pub
Thats another pub which i really like and use to spent time in.
Its located in one of the best parts of Hampstead (not far from the Holly Bush).
Its very cozy, has a fire place, food and good ale.
Babushka: Not for me but...
Well thats a nice place to go out have a drinks and some times live music... the only thing is that the avarage age there is about 18 - 25...not much for me... but if you're at that age you'll feel much more comfortable there.