King William IV


One of London's oldest gay pubs, the King William IV in Hampstead has been a gay hangout since the 1930s. There's a good mixture of clientele, many of whom pop in for a few drinks after a walk on nearby Hampstead Heath. You'll often find a long queue outside for the adjacent crepe stall (also highly recommended!).

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Venue Details & Map

King William IV

77 Hampstead High Street
Belsize Park
+44 (0)20 7435 5747
Public transport:
Hampstead, Underground
Book a taxi on +44 (0)844 556 0706 or with London's biggest car service app
Yelp Reviews


3 out of 5 based on 13 reviews

Top 5 reviews of King William IV

4.0 out of 5 18 February 2015
by Miraj G.

This pub is much to blame for my many hangovers, welcomes and send offs, uncontrollable laughter fits and even a date or two..

It is hard to remember the food as clearly as I would like for my usual reviews on Yelp due to the drinking that follows the meals.... so I will focus on the drinks and bar snacks.

Their chunky chips are those thick cut sort, potatoe-y and good for lining of the...more

1.0 out of 5 8 February 2015
by Sara W.

Worst pub I've been to. The employees were rude and dismissive. I ordered nachos and wasn't expecting anything amazing. After eating a little less than half I discovered the chips weren't tortilla or corn chips but cool ranch Doritos. Nachos aren't healthy meal by any means however I try my best to stay away from processed food and unnecessary preservatives like (cool ranch Doritos). Was...more

4.0 out of 5 16 May 2011
by Karen L.

This was where I discovered the Pimm's Cup. Yes, I know it's a prissy summery drink for the Wimbledon crowd, but I am a huge fan of the special swizzle stick and the fruit on the bottom.

KWIV was one of the first pubs I visited in London - it was one of the earlier stops on my fresher's pub crawl with my hall and its weekly pub quizzes hosted by a drag queen and Thursday £3 cocktails quickly...more

4.0 out of 5 16 February 2011
by Thomas A.

A solid 4 star local gay bar that doesn't have any kind of sceney hangups, the King William is a beacon of rainbows and mulled wine halfway to the top of that glute-burning Hampstead hill.

I love a gay bar with a sense of normality, perfect for after work drinks or

meeting up with friends in the North...

They have what I would consider to be one of the best mulled wines I've had over the...more

3.0 out of 5 23 December 2008
by Saskia P.

This is the main pub on Hampstead High Street, it's quite big, a few different rooms and a pretty big beer garden round the side. I've only been in here once during the day and it was really quiet. It's a good place to come in for a drink - break from shopping, chill out after a walk on the heath or whatever else has been happening on the heath.

This is a gay pub principally but I understand...more

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