Did You Know? Facts About West Hampstead
We know that West Hampstead is a bustling, leafy, and social area of north London today. But did you know that it used to be just as thriving in the old days? The area used to be known simply as the “West End” until the late 1880s, and was filled with a few mansions for the wealthy and many cottages for middle class workers.
Later on, the area would become a hot spot for artists, musicians, writers, actors, and more!
1. The Railway pub was one of the first places that Jimi Hendrix performed at during his first visit to London!
2. The Rolling Stones were locked in their flat in West Hampstead in 1964 when their manager found out that the Beatles were making more money because they composed their own songs – he made them stay there until they had written a track.
3. Dusty Springfield was born in West Hampstead on 16th April, 1939 – she would go on to become one of the greatest female pop artists of all time!
4. Have you ever been to The Westbury pub? It used to be called the Red Lion (alongside The Black Lion and The Old Black Lion pubs in West Hampstead – confusing!), and has been around since 1444!
5. The Beatles auditioned at West Hampstead's Decca Studios (now the English National Opera location) in 1962 and were rejected, under the now-famous sentence: “The Beatles have no future in show business”. Someone was very wrong! They would become one of the most prominent cultural and music icons the world has seen.