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Lamb & Flag

Bars and pubs, Pubs Covent Garden
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(20user reviews)

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

If you came for a pint here just once a decade, you wouldn’t find that much had changed. And it doesn’t need to, because the Lamb & Flag is just about as perfect a pub as you’ll find in the West End (even though it’s smack-dab in the centre of terminally touristy Covent Garden).

History hangs in the air at this low-ceilinged tavern; for example, in 1679, in the tiny alleyway outside, the poet John Dryden took a beating from thugs hired by the notorious poet and libertine John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester. Inside is dark and comfy, though perennial popularity means it can also be very crowded – especially when the nearby offices start disgorging their thirsty worker bees. Join the happy throng outside, or go upstairs (often relatively quiet) for a meal of simple pub grub.

By: Richard Ehrlich



Address: 33 Rose St
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Thur; 11am-11.30pm Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; noon-4.30pm Sat, Sun
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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If you love traditional pubs (and who doesn't?), then you're gonna love Lamb & Flag.

Another pub one of those pubs that claim to be "the oldest in XYZ" (in this case, Covent Garden), the Lamb & Flag does look it. Creaky wooden floorboards and the low ceiling is complemented by the dark mahogany bar while the. Downstairs you'll find the usual bar,  upstairs is where traditional pub fare is served. The candlelight provides the pub with a low-lit but intimate atmosphere. Like any pub, you'll find a satisfactory range of hoppy, malty, golden goodness on tap. 

The Lamb and Flag is a proper Tudor style Inn that's preserved many of its Tudor features brilliantly. Its decor alone is worth visiting. If you want to see a proper, old English pub, this is one. A must place to show your non-London visitors. We've all heard of the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, The Lamb & Flag stands in the same bracket.


Well known but not that easy to find 'The Lamb & Flag’ is one of the must-visit, traditional London pubs. 

I have never tried their food but there is a very good beer and gin selection. Also, I am more than sure food would not be a main reason people visit this Covent Garden located pub. It is a historical place and its upstairs room used to host bare-knuckle fights, leading to it being called "The Bucket of Blood". I would not recommend looking for a fight in Lamb and Flag nowadays though. 


'The Lamb & Flag’ is one of London’s most traditional & quintessentially British pubs. Tucked away on a back street in Soho, get there early to bag a seat or prepare to stand outside and sup your liquid libation. Located on this site since the 1800’s and infamous for bare knuckle boxing, today you’ll be pleased (or maybe not!) to know that there’s slightly less bloody fist fighting and slightly more decent food & well pulled pints on offer. Pie, steak, fish & chips and sausage & mash are all available alongside decent Sunday roasts and a currently well priced 3 course festive menu.

Even if crowds are spilling onto the cobbled streets outside, you might find that there’s room upstairs to sit and drink. Staff are friendly and move quickly which is good as there’s always a crowd to be served. A good choice of beers are on tap plus the usual suspects of drinks & mixers at pretty standard prices for the location and history of the place. Its very central location might not make it your local but it’s a decent place in which to recharge your batteries and a perfect place to take people who’ve never been to the capital before and are looking for an archetypal slice of London town.

Great for atmosphere. A cosy Christmas drink of their house Mulled Wine is a good end to a day's heavy shopping.

Staff Writer

This is a fantastic, historical little nook just off of Covent Garden, the vibe is great, the beer is excellent. Only one problem, everyone loves it, the clientele are often spilling out of the pub and into the courtyard at the front. Still, whether a visitor or a local, it's a great 'little' London pub.

While down in London this week we called on for a drink and a meal. Beer choice great, food great, staff great what more you say! Highly recommended!


I like this pub! I can only review for pints though. If you come before 4pm, the crowd is usually smaller. If it's 5pm, good luck finding a spot to stand. You'll have to stand outside rain or shine. It's quite lovely in the summer though! Drinks are reasonable priced for Covent Garden standard. Enjoy! 

This pub is in the heart of London, but in a small street what prevent tourist to go there. It's what I consider an "old pub", a warm and cosy place. And having a wide range of beers.

Staff Writer

Good pub to visit in an area where you have alot of choice. This one is slightly nicer than the rest in my view because it's a little hidden away (just slightly) and doesn't generally attract tourists. Great selection of ales on offer and generally a great atmosphere. Well worth visiting

A quality timeless pub with a great selection of traditional ales and a nice cornish cider. It's got a decent outside area to stand and drink in the summer. The service is quick and efficient. Just be aware that when standing outside you can sometimes get a strong waft of the pungent smelling drains. 

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Traditional boozer located in a quiet side street near Covent Garden - easy to lose an hour or two here, if the sun is shining the crowd spills into the street; generally always a good atmosphere.

Staff Writer

Great pub, albeit off the main hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, it draws in the crowds of local workers and tourists alike. Great summer pub, and backs up for winter too. Clearly a hardened set of regulars, who are treated as fairly as the one off visitor. Great selection of beers. Well known for the quality of its Guinness. Always a great atmosphere. Seems everyone is always in high spirits when at the Lamb & Flag.

Staff Writer

Good beers & great upstairs function room that comfortably fits up to 70 people,

Decent Boozer just off the main hustle and bustle of Covent Garden. Great meeting up pub with good outdoor drinking . Best summer pub in the local area.

Heineken and Peroni and tap, plus a good selection of ale - Fuller Pub so Pride, Seafarers, ESB,Frontiers, Oliver Island

Nice to see a good old traditional pub with good atmosphere, great beer & fantastic staff in a world full of overpriced and same old same old chain establishments!

OK so its not a great restaurant but it is a proper boozer in the centre of London with decent beer well kept, friendly bar staff and a good atmosphere in a historic building. A priceless asset among the chains and over-priced tat in Covent Garden.

Had a lovely meal there yesterday, shepherds pie with lightly cooked broccoli, delicious. And reasonably priced. The staff were very friendly and polite and helpful. Will defifnitely go again.

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