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King William IV

 
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Haunted olde-worlde pub in historic Hampstead
Perhaps London's oldest gay pub, the King William IV (aka KW4 or the William) remains the gay (gay-friendly?) 'hot spot' of once arty/literary and still beautiful Hampstead — a north London village which is very much worth visiting in its own right, especially as part of a London Walks tour. The pub features an outdoor beer garden and serves food from an extensive English menu, but one of its more appealing aspects is its proximity to Hampstead Heath [see entry], which has been a gay cruising ground since the 19th century. Doors close at midnight at weekends, with most leaving by about 12.30am. Very straight-friendly, to the point where upon entering it doesn't really appear to be gay at all. Two minutes from Hampstead Tube station.

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    • freshlyroasted
      freshlyroasted Over a year ago

      one of the oldest
      One of the oldest established gay bars in London - from the 1960s at least - now seems to welcome str8 people as much as a gay clientele. Good beers, not such good food.

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