Top 10 writers’ favourite haunts

3: John Keats – Spaniards Inn, London 

Built in 1585 as a tollgate inn, this north London pub has a colourful history. Legend has it that highwayman Dick Turpin was born at the inn and later used it as a base for his nefarious operations. Turpin’s pistols hung above the bar until recently, before being stolen. The pub takes its name from two former landlords, Spanish brothers Francisco and Juan Porero, who fought a duel over a woman in which Juan was killed.

Buried near the inn, his ghost is said to haunt the pub, along with that of Turpin, who has been seen on the road outside and heard in the upstairs rooms.

Mentioned in both Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the Romantic poet John Keats was a regular at the Hampstead haunt and reportedly wrote his famous Ode to a Nightingale in the pub’s large garden one summer afternoon. Fellow scribes Robert Louis Stevenson, Mary Shelley and Lord Byron were also patrons.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

We encourage debate in the comments section and always welcome feedback, but if you spot something you don't think is right, we ask that you leave an accurate email address so we can get back to you if we need to.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Champagne Masters 2019

Deadline : 23rd August 2019

The Global Riesling Masters 2019

Deadline : 24th August 2019

Click to view more

The Global Organic Masters 2019

View Results

Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2019

View Results

Click to view more