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The Lamb

October 17, 2013

Greetings people.

Now i’m not one to usually frequent in pubs. As a non-drinker it’s never my first choice. There are, however, some wonderful pubs around the UK, especially the ones that also serve really good food.

The other day, while on my way to a movie at the london film festival (it finishes this sunday), i passed this pub. I was immediately drawn to it’s exterior and it made me think about why some pubs feel nicer than others. Is it just the building, the street, the area, the decor? Maybe it’s a combination of everything. Of course, for the beer drinkers amongst you it might be because they have the right beer.

I stopped to take a look. At first i was only interested in the exterior. There is something about mosaics, wouldn’t you agree? Let me introduce you to the lamb.

The Lamb - colourliving

The exterior is really quaint and far more resembles a country pub. Yet it’s in the centre of london, in lambs conduit street, bloomsbury. The pub is named after william lamb who in 1577 improved upon an existing conduit to bring clean water down from holborn as an act of charity to benefit the neighbourhood. It is believed that the pub was probably built around 1729.

The Lamb - colourliving

We love our urban jungles in the midst of the city. How pretty are these?

The Lamb - colourliving

I was fascinated by these windows transfers. On closer inspection they looked 3d. I have no idea when they were applied but it’s this attention to detail that aroused my curiosity. I wanted to know a little bit more and see what the inside is like.

The Lamb - colourliving

The Lamb - colourliving

Given that it was around 5pm, it was already pretty busy. Not that i’m an expert or anything, but the atmosphere in there was very calm and soothing. I looked around and realised it’s because there were no tv screens or random music playing in the background. There was just the noise of people chatting away and relaxing. 

Feast your eyes over these lamps. So simple and yet, they gave out a glorious glow.

The Lamb - Colourliving

On one side you had a whole row of these old black and white photographs, which made me wonder whether these ladies and gentlemen were actually once customers of this very fine establishment.

The Lamb - Colourliving

The Lamb - Colourliving

There was rich texture galore, from the walls to the screens to the mirrors. Everything was either etched or embossed. I love that little map panel on the lamp here below. So quirky.

The Lamb - Colourliving

Look at the exquisite base of this next lamp, set against this magnificent wall. There is something rather art deco about that base but i think it works wonderful with the etched glass.

The Lamb - Colourliving

A little private corner, openly displayed and very home-like with these shelves, book and hanging postcards. Was weirdly compelled to ring the bell:-)

The Lamb - Colourliving

Another piece of beautifully treated glass. Loving all the gold!

The Lamb - Colourliving

These beauties here are etched frosted glass snob screens. They were popular in the 1890s and hid the customer from the publican when they ordered their drinks, but the hinges still allowed the bar staff to check on the customers without disturbing their privacy. Unfortunately i couldn’t photograph an entire row as people were sitting nearby.

The Lamb - Colourliving

Ah, a pub post wouldn’t be complete without this!

The Lamb - Colourliving

The Lamb - Colourliving

The lamb serves traditional british meals with daily changing specials. It’s definitely worth a visit and lambs conduit street is full of wonderful shops to satisfy those shopping urges.

The Lamb
94 Lambs Conduit Street,
Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 3LZ

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  • Reply Gudy Herder October 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Bookmarked! Let’s mee there next time I am in London!

    • Reply tina October 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      Definitely. Let me know when you’re in town. The drinks are on me:-))

  • Reply Catherine October 18, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Oh love english pubs and this one looks so warm and inviting. People chatting away and relaxing..sounds like bliss. x

    • Reply tina October 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      Loved that it was frequented by so many locals:-) x

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey October 18, 2013 at 10:53 am

    A pub. On your blog. Now that was unexpected 😉 I really do not enjoy pubs at all, but can see why you wanted to photograph this one. I like those b&w portraits – a very nice touch. Oh & I want a snob screen! And are those lamp shades meant to be crooked? I’d be going around straightening them 😉

    A rather curious post indeed 🙂 xx

    • Reply tina October 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Hahaha! I know:-)) Think I shocked myself!

      I’m not usually to be found in a pub but there are the very small exceptions. I quite enjoyed hanging out there taking pics.
      The bar staff were very friendly.

      There was a whole row of these photographs and it really gave it a sense of ‘homely’.

      Yes, those snob screens. How fantastic are they??
      Now stop it! Leave those lampshades alone!!

      Thanks G xx

  • Reply parisbreakfast October 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Gorgeous photo essay..just like being there!

    • Reply tina October 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you Carol. Hope you are well. x

  • Reply Anya Jensen October 18, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I remember this pub – I have met there a few times when I (frequented) bars and pubs in London. Snob screens – now that’s on my shopping list. Happy weekend lovely Tina,

    • Reply tina October 21, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Hahaha. Anya with her past:-))

      Yes, let’s all put in an order for those snob screens xx

  • Reply Igor October 18, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Now this is a great pub, Tina!! I love all the details, especially all the artsy glasswork! I am no beer drinker either, but I wouldn’t mind another drink with you in this pub. And oh do I love the urban jungle out there! Great pics as usual my dear! Have a very happy weekend!

    • Reply tina October 21, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Glad you appreciate the etching on the glass. And those lambs in gold are just fantastic.
      Yes, come over and I’ll take you there for a drink…

  • Reply caroline @trend-daily October 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Oh these shots have brought back memories of my working days in town lovely! Have a great weekend! xx

    • Reply tina October 21, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Awww, always happy to facilitate GOOD memories. Hope they’re good??
      Thanks lovely xx

  • Reply Doris October 19, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Oh I love the atmosphere of a good pub. Though I don’t really drink, I still like to sit in them and enjoy the ambience and decor. Lovely post. Have a great weekend Tina. xD

    • Reply tina October 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Didn’t quite see you as a pub goer LOL:-))
      I know what you mean. As a non-drinker it’s harder for me to really enjoy pubs so they have to be cosy and quaint!.
      Thanks Doris x

  • Reply Pretty Dandy October 19, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Love this! London has some truly fabulous old pubs and this is definitely on that list!


    • Reply tina October 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Thank you Becky… hope you’re well x

  • Reply Holly October 20, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Fun that you ventured into a pub! Given that wonderful mosaic welcome, I would have been lured in too. I so understand your urge to ring the bell. If you did though, I think you may have had to buy a round for everyone there! I think that’s what ringing a bell in a pub means … but not sure 😉

    Great photos!


    • Reply tina October 21, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Hahaha! You know how much I like venturing around and discovering places:-)

      I believe the bell ringing in pubs is to alert people to last rounds before they close the bar:-)) I’ve always fancied ringing those bells!
      Thanks Holly xx

  • Reply leah of sang the bird October 21, 2013 at 1:07 am

    What an amazing atmosphere! I am so looking forward to a time when I can visit you & London of course 🙂 xx

    • Reply tina October 21, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      Hello gorgeous.

      I have a feeling that when (note, not if) we’ll talk for days and the venue would be quite immaterial.

  • Reply Tania October 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    One of my most favourite pubs on the fabulous Lambs Conduit Street, iI have neglected it now you have made me want to pop down for a quick glass of vino ( sorry not a beer drinker!)
    Perfect evocative images as usual – perfect for this dull weather!

  • Reply Alison Sye October 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I know this pub very well and I will always have a soft spot for it. You have captured its essence. There is also an excellent charity shop nearby!

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