Friday, 29 January 2016

Lamb & Flag, Covent Garden, established 1772

Lamb and FlagThe original fight club.
In the 1800s, locals called this pub the Bucket of Blood, due to the regular, rowdy bare-knuckle fistfights held here.
Today there’s no sign of spilled guts or brawls; instead it’s a cramped, family-friendly bar that serves tourists a mean gravy-laden roast on Sunday.
The first building in this spot dates to 1638 and the first pub existed under the name The Coopers Arms.
Today, the historic photographs of Charles Dickens (believed to be a regular customer) are worth a peep, as is the diminutive staircase up to the loos -- not easy to negotiate after a few cold ones.
Verdict: Brilliant bitter selections, but the bar area can get uncomfortably crowded.


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