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Lamb & Flag

(formerly Coopers Arms)

33 Rose Street
Covent Garden

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Opening Times

Monday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Saturday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
SundayMidday - 10.30 pm

Meal Times

12 - 10 Mon - Sat
12 - 9 Sun



About the Pub

It's not the easiest pub to find in Covent Garden but that doesn't stop it becoming very busy at times with office workers and visitors often spilling into the street summer and winter! But, unlike many other pubs in the area, because it is slightly hidden away, it is not quite so touristy. The Grade II listed Lamb and Flag is to be found down Lazenby Court (an alley) from Floral Street or up Rose Street from Garrick Street.

Leased by Fuller's since October 2011, and fully owned since 2013, the pub underwent a sympathetic renovation before re-opening. Though no longer a free house (and thus the real ale selection is predominantly Fuller's and Gales), it remains an attractive and pleasant traditional pub without music, musak or games machines.

The upstairs bar and restaurant, where the main food service is available (but, please note, food and drink is table service only upstairs) is named the Dryden Room, after the poet John Dryden, whose satirical writing made him many enemies as a result of which he was brutally beaten by hired thugs in the alley outside the pub in 1679. There are Latin inscriptions (with translations) on the wooden beams commemorating this ambush. When he was working in nearby Catherine Street, the novelist Charles Dickens was also a regular here, as was, it is said, Karl Marx.

The ground floor bar consists of two small dark rooms with down-lighters, low beams, wood panelling and bare floorboards. The back room has a fireplace and plain wooden seats.

Historic Interest

Reputed to have been first licensed in 1623 and so the oldest such premises in Covent Garden, the building is one of the very few left in central London with a timber frame, dating from the early 18th century or possibly as early as 1688. However, much of what is visible is Georgian and the frontage is a 1958 rebuild. The pub used to be known as the Bucket of Blood because of the bare-fist fighting matches once held here. The source of the name Lamb and Flag has a religious basis. The Lamb in the pub name is from the Gospel of St. John: “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world” and the Flag is that of St. George.

Regular Beers

This pub serves 3 regular beers.

  • Fuller's ESB
  • Fuller's London Pride
  • Gales Seafarers Ale

Changing Beers

This pub serves 3 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Dark Star Hophead
  • Fuller's --seasonal--
  • Windsor & Eton --varies--

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  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
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  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    Downstairs only.

  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    Only whilst dining in the Dryden Room upstairs.

  • RealFire Real Fire
  • Restaurant Restaurant Area

    Within the Dryden Room upstairs.

  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Pavement - standing.

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  • WiFi Wifi


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Lamb & Flag

33 Rose Street
Covent Garden

Sat Nav Reference

51.5117, -0.1257


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Nearby Bus Routes (225m)

6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 87, 91, 139, 176

Nearby Station (450m)

London Charing Cross

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (200m)

Leicester Square; (225m) Covent Garden

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