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For centuries, the London pub has been a place of social fermentation where all manner of people have come to drink, think, share stories and company. Surviving plagues, bombs, fires and floods, they have borne witness to wakes, weddings and the writing of world-changing manifestos. London’s pubs have provided the social and architectural infrastructure for civic life to thrive with a remarkably varied mix of spaces for meeting, making up, breaking up and cultural conviviality. From opulent former Gin Palaces and Taverns to Micropubs and community-owned pubs, the story of London’s more than 3,500 pubs tells the story of the city itself.This book will celebrate the incredible diversity, design and stories of London’s public houses as we are at last able to enjoy them again. Tracing the development of the pub as an enduring institution through societal upheavals the book will connect changes in pubs with wider social and political movements; filled with original drawings, photography and archive material.

The book is conceived as a conversation, with many voices telling tales of pubs across London, and through them teasing out important themes including architecture, craft, music, LGBTQ+ history, comedy, migration and intangible cultural heritage. Interspersed are shorter texts written by the editors, covering over 100 pubs across the city's past and present, weaving a tapestry of the pub's complex and diverse role in the life of London, from 1388 to 2021.

Including contributions from: Jennifer Lucy Allan, Nana Biamah-Ofosu, Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey, Clare Cumberlidge, Ruth Ewan, Paul Flynn, Laura C. Forster, Orit Gat, Phineas Harper, Rupa Huq MP,  Jonathan Moses, Daniel Rosbottom, Bernd Schmutz, Neal Shasore, Bob Stanley, Timothy Smith, Eleanor Suess, Isy Suttie, Jonathan Taylor, Luke Turner, Lily Waite and Jaega Wise, and with a preface by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

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Weight 0.635000
ISBN13/Barcode 9781916016927
ISBN10 1916016928
Author Edited by David Knight and Cristina Monteiro
Binding Hardback
Date Published 4th September 2021
Pages 204
Publisher Open City