About 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

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 11 reviews

Top 5 reviews of King William IV

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 25 June 2009
by Leon C.

This is an all-round decent pub. It isn't going to make any waves in my book, but they certainly get the job done and I would never sniff at meeting for a drink here.

As the earlier reviews mention, there are plenty of different areas to sit, whether it is in a group or in a twosome, and the pub has a great spacious feel. There is also an enclosed beer garden that is great to lounge in on a...more

2.0 out of 5 30 December 2008
by Victoria W.

I went in here for a pub lunch with a group of about 8 friends in the summer. All we wanted was a good meal before going for a walk on the common. Sadly, we made the mistake of choosing this place.

There were two problems - firstly the staff were rude, and secondly they forgot my order - this latter problem was made worse by the fact it had taken over an hour for the food to come and it...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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