Great Pubs of London (Updated edition)
For centuries the pub has been an essential part of London’s cultural and social fabric. This beautifully illustrated book takes readers through the doors of 22 historically and architecturally significant London pubs.
Through photographs specially commissioned for this project, readers can explore these institutions—from smugglers to poets, from 400-hundred-year-old flagstone floors to etched glass and polished brass. Engaging texts highlight what makes each pub so special; their place in London’s history, the personalities who have frequented them, the events that occurred inside, and the ways pubs have contributed phrases such as “on the wagon” and “one for the road” to the modern lexicon. This book reveals why The Lamb and Flag in Covent Garden earned the nickname the “Bucket of Blood”, and features a pub that Charles Dickens described as a “great rambling queer old place”. Furthermore, the book muses over the chances that Casanova paid a visit to The Dog and Duck in Soho, and uncovers the location of Charles De Gaulle’s favorite wartime watering hole.
These and other amusing anecdotal histories make this fascinating and luxuriously illustrated book a must-have for anyone with a love for the good old London pub.
GEORGE DAILEY has more than forty years of experience in the food and drink industry. One of the pioneers of the modern English gastropub, he continues to run successful destination inns in Oxfordshire.
Sir Ian McKellen
SIR IAN MCKELLEN is a British actor and leaseholder of The Grapes pub in Limehouse.
CHARLIE DAILEY is a photographer whose work includes documenting life backstage at The Royal Ballet, Richard Branson’s Necker and Moskito islands, and life in Africa. She previously spent 15 years as a camerawoman for film and television, working on a number of award-winning shows.