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Rose Street joins both Garrick Street and Floral Street, here you'll find the Lamb & Flag, a small wooden fronted pub. First licensed in 1623, it's the oldest in Covent Garden, and possibly one of the oldest in London, if claims of a Tudor past are true. Like many an old London building, it has had to grow to meet the demand of an exploding population.
The brick front and upper floors are 19th century but its core is from the late 17th century. The downstairs rooms are delightfully simple, with a well worn, olde-worlde charm, created by the low beams, wood panelling and bare pine floorboards. The back bar area has a fireplace and plain wooden settles. The Lamb fills up in the evenings with office and shop workers and can get a bit too busy. In the summer, drinkers spill out into the courtyard.
It used to be known as the Bucket of Blood because of the bare-fist fights that were held here. Today the only fight you'll see is the one to get to the busy bar. In 1679, the poet John Dryden is said to have been attacked by hired thugs in the alleyway at the side of the pub and was nearly killed. The upstairs bar is called the Dryden Room, presumably in honour of the man, rather than his beating. It's a good place to escape to when the ground floor bar is heaving.
Charles Dickens was almost certainly a customer, for in the surrounding streets before the big clear up in the late 1800's, he found much to write about; unbelievable squalor and poverty, an area riven with crime where the law feared to go.
Found the place quite by accident. Excellent! Comfortable; friendly and helpful staff; a really interesting place. This was the first time I'd been to the pub; it won't be the last! Highly recommended!
The Lamb and FlagChrisofCrewe,
Stumbled across this fabulous pub in August 2011, visiting London for my wife's 50th birthday. Was a quiet, sunny, mid afternoon, sat at the open window and had a couple of pints of Fuller's ESB, and shot some lovely photos. Brilliant little place.
The Lamb and FlagHarbourDog,
best pub in London. Unpretentious, great atmosphere, great beer, great service. Wonderful, x
The Lamb and Flagpussycat,
never visted your pub but the look of it on the net tells me a bit about it and i ahope it is as seen and the inside even better. will visit one day. cherio
The Lamb and Flaglambalamba2,
the best pub
The Lamb and Flagstephy,
I was in your pub yesterday and loved it.What was its original name? It wasn't the Bucket of Blood. I spotted some framed historical info on the ground floor wall, on the right as you come in, but forgot to jot it down. Anyone able to help please? Thanks in anticipation. Jon Hurley.
The Lamb and Flagspring,
I grew up in this pub. Danny and Sylvia are my parents. What an amazing building. The presence betsytrotwood probably felt was the ghost of a young boseman. He was murdered in the building after winning at cards against some unsavory characters. Next time you lift a pint in the Lamb, say hello to him.
The Lamb and Flagjuliecat,
WAS FREQUENT VISITOR IN LATE 70'S AND EARLY 80'S.KNEW THE O'DONNELLS (DAN AND SYLVIA)WELL AND MANY REGULARS DAVID WHITE,TED CHILD,PAUL,STEVE,BETTY,KEVIN ETC. MANY FOND MEMORIES.ALWAYS A GREAT PLACE FOR A LARGE BACARDI.
The Lamb and FlagRONNYE,
The pub is closed for 'refurbishment' until 25th March. Just try to live without the fear they might mess it up! What ARE they doing....?
The Lamb and Flagfelixkathn,
If you go in the side door and look behind you there is a picture of my father over the door. This was the then publicans Bernard and Stella, John de le Noy, and many other regulars of those days. Dad, Harold Lewis, is in the edwardian suit, a look he made his own, and was known as a "local character" I suppose it must have been 1970 ish? Ah happy days!
The Lamb and Flagjanuary,
last night, I definitely felt a presence behind me, I was sitting with two male companions, by the wall upstairs, I felt a thump, there was no source for tnis I have since looked up its history, its possible that I had some kind of connection with its past...I had been focussing on Charles Dickens ubiquitous presence in London this week, and I was with a poet, father of a poet, and it turns out Dickens was a regular there, and so was John Dryden...
The Lamb and Flagbetsytrotwood,
July 4th, 2011, I went to the Lamb & Flag for the 1st time since December, 1968. It was closed for cleaning. I have a mug sent in 1969 with my name fired on it with the Logo on the opposite side. On the bottom is 1968 & Groves. It is seaweed green. Anyone else have one? Peace
The Lamb and FlagTomhawleyjr,
The Lamb and Flagthos173,
I visited the Lamb and Flag today for the first time in about 30 years and I don't think anything has changed. The service was friendly and the food, a huge portion of very tasty steak and kidney pie with lumpiest mashed potato I've ever encountered, was reasonably-priced. The no-frills decor with bare floor feels genuine and a refreshing change from all the chains of pubs with mock-Victorian accessories.
The Lamb and Flagfootsorelondoner,
Eventually found it after walking past some bins and walking up a very small street, but well worth it. This is a proper little London boozer packed with authentic no frills charm and atmosphere. Pleasant surprise to be served by friendly, helpful London bar staff who were keen to talk about the extensive and well kept range of real ales. There was a slightly unpleasant odour in the bar. A minor point.
The Lamb and Flagcgefouting,
Hard to find,tucked away up a back alley but worth it.Great atmosphere due to its small room being full. Good selection of ales served by pleasant staff.What more could you want.