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, printed from the Looking at Buildings website on Friday 19th August 2022

Pubs 3 & 4

London, Dog and Duck
London, Dog and Duck

THE DOG AND DUCK, No. 18 Bateman Street. By Francis Chambers, 1897. The exterior, severe by comparison with the Tottenham (pub No. 1), is faced in yellowish glazed brick designed to repel dirt. Like many pubs it is set on a corner, which allowed daylight in on two sides and also made it easier for to provide multiple entrances.

The entrances still lead into separate compartments inside, which was the usual Victorian arrangement. They reflected vital divisions of class and gender, allowing for instance all-male and mixed areas, and different prices and types of drink. The main decoration is glazed tilework (also dirt-resistant) and mirrors.

Neo-GeorgianGlossary Term [1] style: another instance of a deliberately domestic image.

The name derives from the Second World War, when the pub became a meeting place for the Free French. From the 1950s it was also popular with Soho's Bohemia. The walls display a unique collection of signed photographs of French entertainers and sportsmen.

Last updated: Monday, 26th January 2009