*****As of 11th February 2016, the Magdala has closed its doors again. Please see the blog posts.*****
******As of 24th August 2015 the Magdala appears to be open for business******
[is to re-open in [January [March? [1st April 2015]]] Mid-June! ][End of July or Early August – confirmed by the new management]} Please visit the News/Blog link above for the most up-to-date news we have.
The ‘Mag’, in one form or another, has been part of Hampstead history for well over 100 years.
Its name originated from a military adventure in 1868, when the British army invaded Ethiopia (the legend goes that the inn was built on the profits acquired by a sergeant during the battle).
Its oak-panelled walls have played host to such renowned figures as Dylan Thomas, Peter Cook, Peter O’Toole, and Bob Hoskins, while, of course, being the setting for the notorious Ruth Ellis murder case.
It has over-seen, from births to funerals, the social life of generations of locals, but also has been most hospitable to its international clientele, many of whom remain determined fans.
It is a genuine London saloon bar, an increasing rarity these days, where you can find a decent welcome and lively conversation.
The regulars extend their thanks and best wishes to Christiana, Alex, and the great teams behind the bar since their arrival in 1998 till their departure in 2014.
We wish the new owners well and that the Magdala will continue to be a fine local tavern for many years to come.
As yet there are no concrete proposals, and no planning application, but those who care about its future are invited to revisit this site and read the News/Blog, where we friends of the Magdala will endeavour to keep everyone up-to-date on any new developments. If you would like to receive an occasional email or have a specific query, please use the Contact/Register page.