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Outdoor view of Covent Garden with Punch and Judy pub in background

Pubs


If buildings could talk, then Covent Garden’s pubs would be able to tell a thousand stories. Home to London’s oldest pub and former haunt of Charles Dickens, the Lamb & Flag dates back to the early 18th century and was nicknamed the ‘Buckle of Blood’ due to the bare-knuckle fist fights it hosted.

Nowadays, it’s a calmer scene, beloved by local workers who choose to drink outside on the cobbles on warm summer evenings. Other celebrated watering holes in the area include the Nags Head on Floral Street, formerly a regular of the market workers, and the Punch & Judy terrace with enviable views overlooking the Piazza.


If buildings could talk, then Covent Garden’s pubs would be able to tell a thousand stories. Home to London’s oldest pub and former haunt of Charles Dickens, the Lamb & Flag dates back to the early 18th century and was nicknamed the ‘Buckle of Blood’ due to the bare-knuckle fist fights it hosted.

Nowadays, it’s a calmer scene, beloved by local workers who choose to drink outside on the cobbles on warm summer evenings. Other celebrated watering holes in the area include the Nags Head on Floral Street, formerly a regular of the market workers, and the Punch & Judy terrace with enviable views overlooking the Piazza.