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Great London pubs don't get much 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 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.

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Andreea Sut

5 months ago

Lovely place to enjoy a Sunday roast! The food was delicious, the place with a nice vibe. Our hosts were nice and welcoming. Thank you, Hannah, Sam, and Sam :) !

Bill Davidson

5 months ago

My favorite pub in London. I've been coming here for more than 25 years. Only 25% of the London taxi drivers know where it is without giving the street address. This means it is not packed full of tourists, but it is still busy with locals. Wonderful selection of cask beer. Staff is always friendly.


6 months ago

Absolutely stunning experience, best quality of food and service. Especially the scotch egg with a sauce was just amazing. Highly recommend. And also fish and chips, beef pie was just great too. I'd definitely visit here when i back to London again. Thank you for amazing experience. Happy new year.


8 months ago

The atmosphere of this pub was amazing. Cozy and comfy inside with really cool decor around the place. The drinks were nice and the fish and chips were alright, nothing amazing but still tasty. The portion was huge though so bonus points for that!

Katie Burton

9 months ago

Amazing lively atmosphere at the bottom of the pub. When we got upstairs for dinner, it was quiet and a great experience! Staff was incredibly kind, friendly and helpful for all that they had going on! The fish and chips are a must. The added curry sauce was flavourful and rich. Incredible experience and would definitely recommend!

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Mon11:00 – 23:00
Tue11:00 – 23:00
Wed11:00 – 23:00
Thur11:00 – 23:00
Fri11:00 – 23:00
Sat11:00 – 23:00
Sun12:00 – 22:30
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