London - Pubs With History
Updated: Jul 15
Come to London and visit some of the oldest pubs in London as part of your next incentive to London. One of the smaller pubs in London, the Lamb & Flag, can also claim one of the bloodier histories. Great London pubs don't get much more historic than this. The very first mention of this pub was in 1772, when it was known as The Coopers Arms (the name changed to The Lamb & Flag in 1833).
The building's brickwork is circa 1958 and conceals what may be an early 18th century frame of a house, replacing the original one built in 1638.
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. Today this is a great London pub filled with locals and business people after work before they catch the Tube or trains back home. Visit the Lamb & Flag at 33 Rose St, near Leicester Square station.
Some other pubs, similar to the Lamb & Flag are the Hoop & Grapes, Aldgate, The Old Bell, Fleet Street; Ye Olde Cheshire Chees, Fleet Street; Ye Olde Mitre, Hatton Garden; The Seven Stars, Aldwych; Grapes, Limehouse.