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22 December 2010

Drink at the Flask, Hampstead

Fancy a swift, pre-Christmas pint? Hampstead is brim full of lovely pubs, but one with a particularly interesting history is the Flask, on Flask Walk. Built in 1874, the pub is on a site previously occupied by a Thatched House, where in Hampstead's village days spring water was placed into flasks, which were sold for threepence each.

The water was said to have medicinal qualities, and was sold throughout London, but eventually when Hampstead was swallowed up by an expanding London, the Thatched House was demolished and replaced by the pub we see today.

It's a nice little pub on the aptly named Flask Walk, and is a great spot for a swift half whilst waiting for others to emerge from the nearby tube station.

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1 comment:

  1. There's another 'Flask' pub on the Highgate side of the Heath. I'm guessing that it too has a history of bottling spring-water, as the other tributary to the Fleet rises near here.