Lamb and Flag, Covent Garden

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The Lamb and Flag

The Lamb and Flag is a Grade II listed public house at Rose Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2.[1]

The building is erroneously said to date back to Tudor times, and to have been a licensed premises since 1623, but in fact dates from the early 18th century.[2] The building became a pub in 1772.[2]

Situated in what was a violent area of Covent Garden, the pub's upstairs room once hosted bare-knuckle prize fights,[3] leading to it being nicknamed "The Bucket of Blood".[4] A plaque on the building commemorates an attack on John Dryden in a nearby alley in 1679, when Charles II sent men to assault Dryden in objection to a satirical verse against Louise de Kérouaille, Charles II's mistress.[5] Writer Charles Dickens frequented the pub in the 19th century.

The pub was refaced with brick in 1958.[6]


  1. ^ Historic England, "The Lamb and Flag public house (1265122)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 2 October 2014
  2. ^ a b Flude, Kevin; Herbert, Paul (1 May 1990). "Citisights: Guide to London". Virgin Books Limited – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Fodor, Eugene (27 September 1994). "Fodor's Great Britain". Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc. – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Balfour, Michael. "Help Yourself in London: A Guide to Services, Facilities and Things to Do". Garnstone Press – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Publishing, D. K. (1 February 2012). "DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: London: London". Dorling Kindersley Limited – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Richardson, John (1 January 1979). "Covent Garden". Historical Publications Limited – via Google Books.

Coordinates: 51°30′42″N 0°07′32″W / 51.5116°N 0.1256°W / 51.5116; -0.1256