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The Lamb, London

Posted on 20. Feb, 2012 by in Pubs

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The Lamb, London

The Lamb is a Victorian pub located in Bloomsbury, London. The pub is owned by the Young’s brewery and has many original Victorian features.

Brief History

The Bloomsbury area where the Lamb is situated is steeped in history. It is located at the northern end of Lamb’s Conduit Street and despite the pub’s sign featuring an illustration of a lamb, the pub is named after Sir William Lamb, a gentleman of the Chapel Royal under Henry VIII.

According to the book, London’s Best Pubs, in 1577 Lamb helped improve a conduit to bring cleaner water to the area. He also donated 120 pails so that residents could carry water from the conduit to their house.

The Interior

The pub can trace its history back to 1729 and has since been remodelled. Unusually, the pub retains many original Victorian features including the one of the finest sets of snob screens in London or possibly the UK. The snob screens are small pieces of frosted glass at head height. They hid the customer from the publican when they ordered their drinks, but the hinges still allowed the the bar staff to check on the customers without disturbing their privacy.

As with the majority of Victorian pub it would have been split into different sections and the panels that remain give you an idea of their original location. An unusual feature on the wall as you walk through the door on the right side of the pub is a rare working Polyphon.

To the rear of the pub is a courtyard for outside drinking and upstairs there is the Empire Bar which has a bar and additional seating for dining.

The Beer

Being a Young’s pub you can expect to find a few of the usual beers such as Bitter or Special. Available when I visited in October 2011 was Young’s Special, Young’s 1831, HogsBack TEA, Young’s Gold and Sharps Cornish Knocker.

More Photos of the Lamb

Venue Location

The Lamb

94 Lamb’s Conduit Street



Tel: 020 7405 0713

(Twitter: @awv)

Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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