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The Holly Bush

We celebrate one of those rare occasions that the Northern Line does run to Hampstead on a weekend with a visit to the historic Holly Bush.

One of London's favourite pubs, The Holly Bush has been untouched by the ravages of time and has a captivating old-world charm. Bought from the estate of artist George Romney around 1800 it was turned into a public house.

It has an illustrious history, once ­hosting art lectures by Constable, gas-lit debates on the uses of his invention by the father of electricity Michael Faraday, and even the first public meeting in 1829 to safeguard ­Hampstead Heath from developers.
However, in more recent times the Holly Bush pub has been known for its traditional ales and gastro-food.

Now the Grade-II listed local in Hampstead Village, which has been serving pints since 1807. The historic building, which stands on the site of an old stable block and dates back to around 1800, is a favourite in Hampstead.

Hampstead historian Christopher Wade, who wrote The Streets of Hampstead, said: “It had humble beginnings as a catering place for Romney House, which was a cultural centre for Hampstead at the turn of the 19th century. Then it became a tavern in its own right, and garnered quite a reputation. The historian Adolphe Oppe called it at the turn of the 20th century ‘a dirty heaving centre of drunkenness’. I believe things have since improved.”

Nearest Station Hampstead

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  • Tony G.

    great evening again see you all in 6 weeks when I get back from NZ.

    1 · January 20, 2014

    • Celeste

      Have a fab time Tony, look forward to hearing all about your adventures. I'll make sure there's an event planned to welcome you back! PS bring me back a Moro bar ;)

      January 20, 2014

  • Shri

    Cozy little pub... nice soup.

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • O

    Very entertaining

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • Rachel

    Lovely pub...must eat there as the food looked delicious

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Anton

    I'm sorry I couldn't make it (even though it's just around the corner), had some unexpected work commitments come up. Would love to attend next time!

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Celeste

    I'm here by the bar - standing room only.

    January 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks. See you soon. Will be there by 5:30

      January 19, 2014

    • CARMEN

      Nearly there got brown parka on and brown glasses

      January 19, 2014

  • Alisdair B.

    Sorry, can't make it. Too much stuff to shovel. Next time though

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Iona T.

    Sorry - havent got out the bit today so not organised - going to Rutland arms next week for sure x

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry as the Northern Line is not working tomorrow I won't be able to make this, as I'm the opposite side of London. Hopefully I'll make the next one. I've heard it is a good pub so that's a shame.

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Shri

    Tentative for now (exam earlier in the day) but will try and make it depending on...

    1 · January 14, 2014

  • terence f.

    One of my locals. A great pub especially after a walk on a snow covered Hampstead Heath when I have been met by a blazing log fire. I believe it is now a Fuller's hostelry.

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Tony G.

    I fly out the next day so it will not be a late one for me

    December 22, 2013

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