10 Best Pubs in Hampstead, London in 2024

Are you looking for a good pint of beer in London? These are the 10 best Pubs in Hampstead, London straight from a local! This charming and affluent neighbourhood is known for some of the best pubs in London. Whether you’re a local looking for a new spot to unwind after work or just hoping to experience the authentic pub culture of the UK, read on. This post dives into traditional pubs to trendy gastropubs serving up delicious food and craft beer. You’ll find Hampstead is home to some of the oldest pubs in England and all are full of charm. So, grab a pint and join us on a tour of Hampstead’s top pubs!

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The Best Pubs in Hampstead, London

Are you looking for the best pubs or bars in North London? These are my 10 picks as a Hampstead local resident. I truly adore the Hampstead neighbourhood as it feels like a village tucked far away from Central London. However, it’s just moments away from the bustling center.

PS: When I moved to London I had to buy this book from Pretty City London as it helped me find some of the most picturesque streets and hidden places in London.

1. The Holly Bush

The Holly Bush is one of the most beautiful pubs in Hampstead, London dating back to the 18th century. You’ll find it on a charming quiet hidden street in Hampstead and be pleasantly surprised as you enter the pub due to its cozy and inviting atmosphere. The interior of The Holly Bush includes exposed brick walls and open fireplaces adding to the warm and welcoming ambiance. There is also a beautiful beer garden which is a popular spot for enjoying a drink on a sunny day. If you just want to enjoy a pint or a meal with friends, The Holly Bush is the perfect place for that. I absolutely love the thick-cut chips! It offers a wide selection of ales, wine, and British pub food.

Why go: Secret Beer Garden and Instagrammable Facade
Website: The Holly Bush
Location: 22 Holly Mount, Hampstead, London NW3 6SG (Google Maps)

2. The Flask

The Flask is another historic pub located in Hampstead, London, that has been serving locals since the medieval ages. The menu at The Flask features classic British dishes and delicious Sunday Roast which is a must-try. The pub is also famous for its literary connections, with authors such as Charles Dickens and John Keats said to have been regular patrons. Stop by the Flask after strolling Flask Walk, one of the prettiest streets in London full of antiques and cafes.

Why go: a local’s favorite
Website: The Flask
Location: 14 Flask Walk, London NW3 1HE (Google Maps)

3. The Horseshoe

A lively and friendly pub with a rustic charm, The Horseshoe is a popular spot for sports fans, with multiple screens showing live matches. It offers a range of beers, ciders, and pub classics like Sunday Roast.

Why go: Best Sports Pub
Website: The Horseshoe
Location: 28 Heath St, London NW3 6TE (Google Maps)

4. The Spaniards Inn

The Spaniards Inn is the oldest pub in Hampstead dating back to the 16th century. The menu features many different ales and classic pub fare with a modern twist. It is named after the Spanish Ambassador to James I of England and has a romantic and nostalgic atmosphere. The pub is famous for its association with literary figures such as Charles Dickens and John Keats.

Why go: To experience Hampstead’s Oldest Pub
Website: The Spaniards Inn
Location: Spaniards Rd, London NW3 7JJ (Google Maps)

5. The Freemasons Arms

The Freemasons Arms is a true hidden gem tucked away in a quiet residential street in Hampstead. There’s a huge outdoor area perfect for summer as well as a dining area inside in case you’re looking for one of London’s best gastropubs!

Why go: If you’re looking for the best outdoor pub in London
Website: Freemason Arms
Location: 32 Downshire Hill, Greater, Hampstead Heath, London NW3 1NT (Google Maps)

6. The Old Bull and Bush

This historic pub is known for its connection to music and theater, having been frequented by famous artists such as Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. It has a charming garden, a restaurant serving British classics, and live music on weekends. It is one of the best pubs in Northwest London!

Why go: The Classic Meets Modern Pub
Website: The Old Bull and Bush
Location: N End Way, London NW3 7HE (Google Maps)

7. The Wells Tavern

The Well’s Tavern is a delicious gastropub with a contemporary vibe. Featuring a bright and airy dining room and relaxing outdoor garden terrace, Well’s Tavern is one of the best Hampstead bars. I personally really loved the duck here and they offer a lot of other modern British Cuisine. They don’t just limit their menu to beers as they also have an extensive wine list.

Why go: Best neighbourhood gastropub and wine lovers
Website: Well’s Tavern
Location: 30 Well Walk, London NW3 1BX (Google Maps)

8. The Garden Gate

The Garden Gate is a stylish and modern pub serving craft beer and cocktails, conveniently located near Hampstead Heath Station. If you’re looking for the best outdoor pub in London, visit here as they have plenty of outdoor as well as indoor seating. They also hold regular events such as quiz nights and live music. It’s a great place just to hang out!

Why go: The best hangout in Hampstead
Website: The Garden Gate
Location: 14 S End Rd, Greater, London NW3 2QE (Google Maps)

9. The Stag

This traditional pub has a lively and social atmosphere situated in Belsize Park neighboring Hampstead. The cute and cozy interiors are reason enough to visit. They also have a rooftop terrace which is open during Winter time with heated cabanas. The pub also accommodates big groups of up to 30 people in case you want to have a drink party, meetup, or after-work social.

Why go: One of the prettiest pubs and they accommodate big groups!
Website: The Stag
Location: 67 Fleet Rd, London NW3 2QU (Google Maps)

10. The Old White Bear

The Old White Bear is a charming and historic pub dating back to the 18th century. It is impressively the first pub opened to the locals of Hampstead. Go here on a Wednesday and you’ll get to be entertained by live music and participate in their weekly quiz night.

Why go: For the Wednesday Quiz Night and Live Music
Website: The Old White Bear
Location: 1 Well Rd, London NW3 1LJ (Google Maps)

These are just a few of the many great pubs in Hampstead, London. Each has its unique charm and appeal, and all offer a warm welcome and great drinks and food.

Map of the Best Pubs in Hampstead

Click on the interactive map below for the exact locations of the best pubs in Hampstead!

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