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iVisit.... Dickens Old Watering Hole

The Lamb & Flag is a historic pub in vibrant Covent Garden and was a favourite watering hole of Charles Dickens. Retaining its old-world charm, the pub serves great food, excellent real ale and features in practically every London guide book ever written.Great London pubs don’t get more historic than this. The very first mention of a pub on this site is in 1772, when it was known as The Coopers Arms (the name changed to The Lamb & Flag in 1833).

The pub acquired a reputation in the early nineteenth century for staging bare-knuckle prize fights earning it the nickname ‘The Bucket of Blood,’ and the alleyway beside the pub was the scene of an attack on the poet John Dryden in 1679 by thugs hired by John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, with whom he had a long-standing conflict.

Food menu is created from fresh, local produce and features authentic, traditional English pub cooking. With a popular Sunday roast and a  wide range of excellent cask ales and real beers, including seasonal guest ales. Don’t miss Jazz night on every 1st Sunday of each month starting at 8pm, it’s been running at the Lamb and Flag since 1993. For more details visit