North London Pub Crawl - London April 2009

North London Pub Crawl

Saturday 18th April 2009

An afternoon and evening spent exploring the interesting and historic pubs of Kentish Town and Hampstead.

London April 2009

John's Pictures
Maison de Stuff

12:41:46 Pub number 1, The Oxford near Kentish Town tube station.12:58:58 Pub number 2, The Assembly House. Lovely etched glass and high plaster ceiling here.12:59:06 The sunroof at the back of the Assembly House.

13:16:35 ...and again, with my proper camera.13:34:03 A very pleasant little row of colourful stucco fronted houses in Kentish Town.13:37:10 Pub number 3, The Pineapple. Very unusual and attractive looking pub this one.

14:49:44 Pub number 4, The Junction - more of a restaurant really, but both the food and the beer were very good so I'm not complaining!14:51:15 My starter - a very interesting and flavoursome Pear and Fennel soup.15:23:25 My main course - gnocchi with vegetables.

16:45:17 Somewhat later on, here is Pub Number 5 - The Dartmouth Arms. Not a particularly inpsiring picture, but just wanted to remember where I'd been as much as anything else!17:59:30 Pub Number 6 - The Bull and Last. This was not on the original agenda, but it was the last pub before crossing the Heath, and Andy needed to use the toilet.18:12:44 On Hampstead Heath, some bloke with what I assume to be either a very large kite, or an actual parachute.

18:15:21 ...and again.18:15:26 There's a small yapper type dog.18:15:53 A bit of a view of London to be had from here.

18:16:14 There's the bloke with his kite-a-chute again.18:23:52 One of the charming ponds on Hampstead Heath.18:33:35 Andy looking at my phone whilst walking down a little street in Hampstead.

18:47:21 So here is pub number 7, The Freemasons Arms. Possibly my least favourite of the day - very modernised and full of lots of rude middle class people.19:14:14 A very nice street in Hampstead, opposite the Freemasons Arms.19:24:16 I was rather taken by this drinking fountain and cattle trough.

19:24:29 ...Andy briefly considered sitting in it for a picture, but then thought better of it.19:25:09 Rather nice sky at this point in the day.19:29:58 Pub number 8, Ye Olde White Bear, lovely old place this.

19:37:55 Inside the Bear, bizarrely there was a Monopoly set on our table.20:26:37 Pub Number 9, The Duke of Hamilton. I think I had been in here about 9 years ago when I first came to live in Hampstead.20:38:11 Well, the pictures get a bit obscure from here on, but luckily I do actually remember that Pub number 10 was the Holly Bush, a favourite of mine. Here's a cabinet containing some bottles of wine.

20:46:19 ....and here, although you can't see it, is a shoe buffer. Both Andy and I gave our shoes a bit of a clean with this.21:07:31 I think this is in the Holly Bush still, a nice old sign for Benskin and Co.'s Imperial Stout.22:24:52 Finally, as we were both somewhat peckish, we rounded the day off with some very nice Japanese food at Jin Kichi. Here you can see a nasu dengaku (a sort of baked aubergine dish with miso) and some gyoza.

22:25:09 Andy looking pensive at the end of our long day out.