Built in the 1500s as a toll gate, today it is one of the London's oldest pubs and a grade II listed building with the toll gate still standing opposite the pub.
Named after the Spanish Ambassador who used to have his retreat out here.
This is still clearly seen in the road layout where the road narrows to single file (as you pay the toll)
Among it's patrons are Charles Dickens, Mary Shelley and Keats. Apparently highway man Dick Turpin used to drink here as well, in fact the rumour is that he was born here, as his dad used to landlord here – who knows maybe watching the tolls handed over each day could have inspired his infamous career.
It also boasts of one of London's best beer gardens, so, whilst its a little out the way, and the food is on pricey side (you can check the menu here http://www.thespaniardshampstead.co.uk/) I thought it would make an excellent summer historic pub venue.
Getting there: You walk from Hampstead Station or get the 210 bus.