Nothing says summer in the city like sipping a cold drink outside a pub. There are over ten pubs in the Village, and most of them have some sort of outdoor space. From pretty tables and fine dining, to wooden benches and good ales, Hampstead has something for every summer palette.
Fine dining steps from the Heath:
Walking towards the Heath along Well Walk, it is impossible to miss the imposing building that is the Wells Tavern. The pub is know for its food, but the relaxed atmosphere makes it a good option for a day or early evening drink. There are a few tables outside the front and to the side - arrive early if you want to nab one for lunch.
Tucked away in the Village:
You probably won’t find the Holly Bush unless you are looking for it. The cute little pub is tucked away in the streets west of Heath Street. Charming on the inside, bijou on the outside - but there are a few tables out front for drinks in the sun.
Summer fun family style:
The Freemason’s, on the corner of Downshire Hill and Willow Road, has the biggest and possibly best garden. Plenty of tables both at the front of the pub and out the back, perfect for long summer lunches with family and friends.
Local ales al fresco:
With its central village location, there is no space for a beer garden at The Horseshoe, but there are two lovely large tables tucked alongside the pub on Oriel Place. If you can grab one, they make an ideal spot for enjoying local ales from the Camden Brewery.
Not technically in the Village but worth a mention for it's size and reputation. The Spaniards is a favourite of Hampstead and Highgate residents and a draw for visitors to the area. It is on Spaniard's Road, at the edge of the Heath near Kenwood. It was originally built as a toll inn in the sixteenth century and retains an old world charm. The garden has plenty of tables, situated under pretty pergolas and very dog friendly.