My brother Douglass recommended that I visit the Spaniards Inn. I'd never heard of it, but apparently it's one of the most famous pubs in London, and it has quite a nice atmosphere inside. You can even wash your dog in the courtyard, and for £5 you can buy homemade dog treats.
The pub itself is more than 425 years old, originally built in 1585 as a tollgate. The Inn was mentioned in Bram Stroker's Dracula, and also in the work of Charles Dickens. Folklore suggests that the father of 18th century highwayman, horse thief, and murderer, Dick Turpin, was once the landlord of the Inn, and that Turpin himself was a regular there. Turpin was hanged at the age of 33, in 1739, for stealing horses. More importantly, did I mention that today the Inn sells homemade dog treats? Only £5 and made with real bananas and peanut butter and stuff.
|The Spaniards Inn; Hampstead, London.|
|The Inn is on Spaniards Road, in what feels a bit like the suburbs, about 20 minutes on foot from the closest tube station.|
|In between the Hampstead tube station and the Inn. |
|I preferred Urban Dusk, but Captain Cat was OK too.|