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What to say about the Spaniards that hasn't been said before? It's one of the big old famous London pubs, noted for centuries, mentioned in any half-decent guidebook, and with an extensive Wikipedia entry. It's also one of the hardest London pubs to get to — perhaps a mile from the nearest tube (Hampstead or Golders Green), and reached via a pedestrian deathtrap if you approach through the listed tollgate to the south.
Once you've arrived, however, you won't want to leave, especially if you've slogged here on a cold winter's day. The smell and warmth of the log fire imbue a timeless magic on the main bar. Wonky wooden rooms on the upper floor are the dictionary definition of cosy. Chuck in one of the capital's biggest beer gardens, a claim to being one of the oldest inns (1585), links to Dick Turpin (his dad might have been the landlord), and at least three different ghost stories, and you soon start to realise that this is one London pub you absolutely have to visit. In fact, stop browsing this database and simply make a note to seek it out.
On Twitter as @TheSpaniardsInn.