It’s amazing when you are able to discover hidden treasures in the city. An acquaintance recommended visiting the Lamb and Flag pub in Covent Garden. I’d been there before on weekdays but this person specifically told me to go on a Sunday afternoon, the thing is that on that day after seven there is a band playing Dixieland all night long.
Lamb and Flag
This early 20th century Jazz developed in New Orleans can be enjoyed in this small and cosy pub in central London, nothing better than a Guinness and the sound of a brass section (trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, and trombone) with the rhythm section of a guitar and a bass.
The Band Playing
Apparently this resident band has been playing in this famous public house since 1993. The pub claims to be the oldest one in Covent Garden and to be frequented by Charles Dickens and John Dryden, built in 1623, as soon as you see it you can recognise an old and traditional atmosphere.
The Band Playing
So remember if you want to hear New Orleans Jazz, Hot Jazz, or Early Jazz don’t hesitate to go to the Lamb and Flag (33 Rose Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9E) on a Sunday night.
You might even bump into the Jazz saxophonist that Elaine was dating in the Seinfeld episode “The Rye”.
Jerry: Hey, you'll never guess who I bumped into. This guy Clyde. He's in your friend John Germaine's band there.
Elaine: So what did he have to say?
Jerry: Nothing. I told him you two were pretty hot and heavy.
Elaine: Hot and heavy? You said hot and heavy?
Elaine: What did you do that for?
Elaine: What if he tells John? Then John's gonna think that I think that we're hot and heavy. I don't want John thinking that I'm hot and heavy if he's not hot and heavy.
Elaine: I'm trying to get a little squirrel to come over to me here. I don't wanna make any big, sudden movements. I'll frighten him away.