Wanted: London's Best Pub Chalkboards

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By M@ Last edited 36 months ago
Wanted: London's Best Pub Chalkboards
Outside a pub on Commercial Street, by Maggie Jones
Outside a pub on Commercial Street, by Maggie Jones
The Bell in Spitalfields thinks it's OK to discriminate against hipsters. Image by M@.
The Bell in Spitalfields thinks it's OK to discriminate against hipsters. Image by M@.
The Crabtree in Fulham is famous for its massive beer garden and summer BBQs. Despite this cartoon, vegetarians are welcome.
The Crabtree in Fulham is famous for its massive beer garden and summer BBQs. Despite this cartoon, vegetarians are welcome.
The Prince Albert beside Battersea Park is riddled with chalkboards. Its main outdoor one currently heralds the changing season. Image by M@.
The Prince Albert beside Battersea Park is riddled with chalkboards. Its main outdoor one currently heralds the changing season. Image by M@.
Not exactly a chalk board, but this warning, also on the Prince Albert, apes a famous sign on nearby Albert Bridge. Image by M@.
Not exactly a chalk board, but this warning, also on the Prince Albert, apes a famous sign on nearby Albert Bridge. Image by M@.
Arf, arf, from Ye Olde Mitre in Holborn. Image by M@.
Arf, arf, from Ye Olde Mitre in Holborn. Image by M@.
At least they're honest. The Nell Gwyne off Strand, by Mark Baynham in the Londonist Flickr pool.
At least they're honest. The Nell Gwyne off Strand, by Mark Baynham in the Londonist Flickr pool.
A long-standing sign outside the Founders Arms, Bankside. Image by M@.
A long-standing sign outside the Founders Arms, Bankside. Image by M@.
A vintage bit of slander on a long-gone pub in Camden Town. Image by M@.
A vintage bit of slander on a long-gone pub in Camden Town. Image by M@.
Cetacean oddness at the Owl and the Pussycat, Shoreditch. Image by psxyjaw in the Londonist Flickr pool.
Cetacean oddness at the Owl and the Pussycat, Shoreditch. Image by psxyjaw in the Londonist Flickr pool.
More peculiarity from the Owl and Pussycat. Image by M@.
More peculiarity from the Owl and Pussycat. Image by M@.
The Gunmakers in Clerkenwell, pictured by Jason B Standing. By way of explanation, the pub is kind-of located between the offices of Agent Provocateur and Ben Sherman.
The Gunmakers in Clerkenwell, pictured by Jason B Standing. By way of explanation, the pub is kind-of located between the offices of Agent Provocateur and Ben Sherman.

Hilarious pub chalk boards have been around almost as long as pubs. But the art form, if such it can be called* seems to have accelerated in recent years, spilling over into coffee shops and restaurants. We now defy you to walk along any London high street without smirking or scoffing at some barista's witticism. We've rounded up some recent discoveries in the gallery above. We'll add to the gallery over time, with reader favourites to be sent to hello@londonist.com, or uploaded to the Londonist Flickr pool. Although we've stuck to pubs above, we also welcome signs from other gag-happy venues.

*it can't.

Last Updated 23 September 2014

Jenn Sie

I've been taking these pictures for several months now and I saw the title of this post and immediately thought of The Bell hipster board. I see you have the photo of it too. I've been saving them all up for a blog post. :)

Phil P

The Nell Gwyne which you've featured always has some good 'uns

Annoyed chemist

Argh! The Founders Arms one annoys me, alcohol is not a solution.

Penel

Some of them should read "we don't care whether you are pushing a buggy, using a wheelchair or blind, we can block this pavement if we like.

Deirdre Shaw

I guess I won't be welcome in The Bell. I have two pairs of gloves: my black suede everyday pair and a pair of grey cashmere gloves. Both are fingerless.

Jorge

Husband creche, leave your husband with us while you go shopping. The Phoenix, near Oxford Street. http://www.guirilandia.com/201...

hostile_17

There should be a blackboard that insults hipsters. That hasn't been done before.

Also mention something about Monday blues on a Monday. That stuff is GOLD.