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Charles Lamb

16 Elia Street
N1 8DE

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Premises Status

This pub is temporarily Closed. No info on status - will it reopen?

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Opening Times


Monday4.30 pm - 11.00 pm
Tuesday4.30 pm - 11.00 pm
WednesdayNoon - 11.00 pm
ThursdayNoon - 11.00 pm
FridayNoon - 11.00 pm
SaturdayNoon - 11.00 pm
SundayNoon - 10.30 pm

About the Pub

July 2021 - closed and boarded up. No information online. Local groups trying to get pub listed as ACV.

Small street corner local hidden in the south west corner of Islington close to City Road and Upper Street. Despite being a small pub, it still has two distinct rooms, and the leaded windows look original. A lot of work has been put into restoring the pub, from the old wooden flooring, to the etched glass shutters that can be pulled down between the smaller room and the bar. The pub consists of a corner bar in the the main room, with one side of the bar also opening to the smaller room. The smaller room has a gas coal-effect fire, making it very comfortable and cosy for those cold winter evenings. The pub also boasts a wide range of board games, to while away the time while enjoying a pint or two. Established in 1839, the pub was renamed in honour of Charles Lamb, the late 18th/early 19th century English essayist. Best known for his collected essays entitled 'Essays of Elia', published in 1823, he also provided the name for the road on which the pub stands ("Elia" being the pen-name Lamb used as a contributor to The London Magazine). In the summer months traditional cider is gravity dispensed from a bag-in-the-box, in the summer you will need to try the bottled ciders from France. As with a number of pubs these days, the keg selection avoids the standards. A small but interesting selection of bottled beers, including Kernel. Guest beers have included Late Knights. Closest tube - Angel.

Regular ales

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Dark Star Hophead

Changing ales

This pub serves 3 changing beers.

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  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden

    Outside seating until 9.45pm.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • Games Traditional Pub Games
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • WiFi Wifi

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Charles Lamb

16 Elia Street
N1 8DE

Sat Nav Reference

51.5321, -0.1023


  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Closest Station (1050m)

Essex Road

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (250m)


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Charles Lamb - London

Temporarily Closed

Charles Lamb

16 Elia Street
N1 8DE

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Historic Pub Interior
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Traditional Pub Games
  • Smoking Area
  • Wifi
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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