What’s in a Name?

Sorry for such a long gap between posts. I’m working on something now, but just while we wait, here’s a brief one.

In my last post, I tried to settle on a definition of a pub so as to discuss the phenomenon of the gastropub, which to a certain extent is overtaking the very form of the traditional pub itself. We talked about the look of a place, we talked about the drinks available, the decor, the expectations of its drinkers, all kinds of things.

I therefore present this photo, of London Pub (Bloomsbury WC1, fig. 54), on Woburn Place.

London Pub (Bloomsbury WC1)
Figure 54. London Pub (Bloomsbury WC1).

Is it even a pub? Despite its hopeful name, this could be considered a bar — and a hotel bar, at that.

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2 responses to “What’s in a Name?

  1. I’m fairly sure I’ve had a drink in this place, several years ago. It felt like a pub, just not a very good one.

  2. My Grandad played for a football team called Argentine FC in 1937 I can’t find any reference to this club and wondered if it was a name of a pub in North London where he lived (Highbury & Islilngton) Can you help?

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