For centuries, the pub has been an essential part of Londons cultural and social fabric. This book takes readers through the doors of 25 historically and architecturally significant London pubs. Through photographs specially commissioned for this project, readers can explore these institutionsfrom snob screens to 400-hundred-year-old flagstone floors. Engaging texts highlight what makes each pub so special, their place in Londons 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 Gaulles favorite wartime watering hole.