Bars and pubs Bloomsbury
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In operation for nearly three centuries, this Young’s pub boasts a glorious Victorian interior, dating back to a time when stars of the stage and music hall were regulars here. Publicity shots of Lillian Braithwaite, Seymour Hicks and contemporaries form two decorative rows across the walls of a cosy, varnished-wood interior, while the central horseshoe bar is ringed with original etched-glass snob screens, used to shield Victorian gentlemen when liaising with ‘women of dubious distinction’. They would have been wooed by tunes from the polyphon, a 19th-century music machine still standing in the corner.

The Young’s beers are no more exciting here than in other pubs owned by the brewery (although they do seem to have improved since brewing was moved from Wandsworth). Still, the room is handsome enough to make up for it. Food, inevitably, is as trad as it gets.


Venue name: Lamb
Address: 94 Lamb's Conduit Street
Opening hours: Open noon-11.30pm Mon-Wed; noon-12.30am Thur-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-9pm daily
Transport: Tube: Holborn or Russell Square tube
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I have been drinking ale in this pub since I first visited London, 50 years ago. It is little changed other than the removal of the wall/door separating the public bar from the saloon bar and the much better food. Looking forward to having a couple of pints this November to celebrate 50 years at this excellent pub.

Toni Brindle

Three stars? Blimey what does the reviewer want for his/her money. This is a great boozer. Nuff said.