Until you pause, step back and look up you don't have a real sense of just how big the damned place it - three stories with a full pediment atop it is truly large and with the landscape of the hill it really takes you by surprise.
It has a pretty long historical pedigree having opened circa 1860.
Nineteenth century directories for NW London list the landlords/licensees as:
1866 - William John Tolladay
1885-7 - G F Dettmer
1874 directory - Paul Paris
1894 - William J Harris
This is just opposite the Royal Free Hospital - it's an old hotel and has a great demeanour - it dominates the street.
The frontage has a pretty impressive stucco polychrome buck at the top of the building - it's well worth a pause to have a proper look...
Well worth popping down to, but don't stay too late and please keep quiet as you leave!