We love ale, great food, interesting people and culture. These are our pubs, this is our London.

WORK WITH US

Running pubs is hard, but we support the hell out of our management partners. We asked them what it was like working with us and then videoed what they had to say. Thankfully for us they were pretty nice about their experience. If you're creative and want to have your own pub to shape, give it a watch, and send us your CV at recruitment@laines.pub.

 

WORK WITH US

Running pubs is hard, but we support the hell out of our management partners. We asked them what it was like working with us and then videoed what they had to say. Thankfully for us they were pretty nice about their experience. If you’re creative and want to have your own pub to shape, give it a watch, and send us your CV at recruitment@laines.pub.

expand +

Laine’s Loves… Cigarettes After Sex

That’s the band, not the post-coital wind down by the way. Coming on with the same low wattage sexiness of the nicotine-stunted love child of Sigur Ros and The xx, this is the woozy sound of our summertime dusk. Fags After Shags - as they’ve become known here - are at their worst inoffensive and at their best heartbreakingly beautiful on their decade-in-the-making debut album. Life just got dreamy.

Laine’s Loves… Cigarettes After Sex

That’s the band, not the post-coital wind down by the way. Coming on with the same low wattage sexiness of the nicotine-stunted love child of Sigur Ros and The xx, this is the woozy sound of our summertime dusk. Fags After Shags – as they’ve become known here – are at their worst inoffensive and at their best heartbreakingly beautiful on their decade-in-the-making debut album. Life just got dreamy.

expand +

Laine's Loves... The Happy Film

If you don’t know the name Stefan Sagmeister then you’ll have surely seen his work, or his massive influence on his field of graphic design. His trademark real life typographic messages litter his debut film, but at its heart it’s an extremely open documentary not so much about how to find joy, but about his own love life.

 Click Expand to read more.

Laine’s Loves… The Happy Film

If you don’t know the name Stefan Sagmeister then you’ll have surely seen his work, or his massive influence on his field of graphic design. His trademark real life typographic messages litter his debut film, but at its heart it’s an extremely open documentary not so much about how to find joy, but about his own love life. In an attempt to get happier after a break-up Stefan tries three months of therapy, three months of meditation and three months of anti-depressants to see which works better. So what worked best? Apparently falling in love and making his massive The Happy Show exhibition for Philadelphia’s ICA. All in all it’s lovely to spend a couple of hours around this creative genius and his life, which he lays bare for us in its highs and lows.

You can check out his frequently delightful work here.

More from Stefan on happiness in this Ted Talk.

expand +

We’re buzzing to welcome not one, not two, but six pubs to the Laine’s family. Check out our filled to bursting Pubs section, which now includes the classic Camden boozer, the Camden Eye and the riverside Hammersmith pub, The Black Lion.

We’re buzzing to welcome not one, not two, but six pubs to the Laine’s family. Check out our filled to bursting Pubs section, which now includes the classic Camden boozer, the Camden Eye and the riverside Hammersmith pub, The Black Lion.

expand +

Laine’s Loves… Pioneer DJ Controllers

OK, we’ve done all the research now, and Pioneer have nailed DJs controllers in the same way that they have CD decks. We’d love to have the room and strength to drag a DDJ-RZX out with us, but the DDJ-RR seems to be the sweet spot – small, easy to use effects, inputs and outputs. If only Rekordbox ran well on our computer. That means we’re sticking with Serato DJ and a DDJ-SR then. Now we’re just taking letters and numbers at you. /geek

Laine’s Loves… Pioneer DJ Controllers

OK, we’ve done all the research now, and Pioneer have nailed DJs controllers in the same way that they have CD decks. We’d love to have the room and strength to drag a DDJ-RZX out with us, but the DDJ-RR seems to be the sweet spot – small, easy to use effects, inputs and outputs. If only Rekordbox ran well on our computer. That means we’re sticking with Serato DJ and a DDJ-SR then. Now we’re just taking letters and numbers at you. /geek

expand +

Incredible news out of the blue - but, damn those guys deserved it - the Four Thieves was crowned Best Pub In London by the amazing Design My Night. They also won Best Pub in Battersea, while The Old Nun's Head grabbed Best Pub In Peckham, and The People's Park Tavern was again announced to have the best beer garden in the city. Thanks to all that voted.

Incredible news out of the blue – but, damn those guys deserved it – the Four Thieves was crowned Best Pub In London by the amazing Design My Night. They also won Best Pub in Battersea, while The Old Nun’s Head grabbed Best Pub In Peckham, and The People’s Park Tavern was again announced to have the best beer garden in the city. Thanks to all that voted.

expand +

As you might have heard our New Year has started in a very upsetting way, but we’re also counting our blessings. Just 30 minutes after the countdown The Aeronaut caught fire, but thanks to the quick thinking of our staff, and the evacuation plans they have had in place over the years, everyone got out the building safely. That’s the main thing, and everything else comes second.

The building we love so much has been extinguished by the incredible firemen who acted so quickly. At this point we don’t really know how bad that damage is, but for the moment we’re concentrating on people. We will never be able to fully articulate our gratitude for the swift action of the police and fire services in managing the incident and for the many words of support we have received from the Acton community.

The list of people we want to thank is too long to comprehend right now, but when we settle down we’ll make that list. But for now we just want to say how grateful we are that no one was hurt.

As you might have heard our New Year has started in a very upsetting way, but we’re also counting our blessings. Just 30 minutes after the countdown The Aeronaut caught fire, but thanks to the quick thinking of our staff, and the evacuation plans they have had in place over the years, everyone got out the building safely. That’s the main thing, and everything else comes second.

The building we love so much has been extinguished by the incredible firemen who acted so quickly. At this point we don’t really know how bad that damage is, but for the moment we’re concentrating on people. We will never be able to fully articulate our gratitude for the swift action of the police and fire services in managing the incident and for the many words of support we have received from the Acton community.

The list of people we want to thank is too long to comprehend right now, but when we settle down we’ll make that list. But for now we just want to say how grateful we are that no one was hurt.

expand +

You know what it's like, you go our shopping for Christmas presents and you end up buying stuff for yourself. Well, we bought ourselves another pub. The Honor Oak in Forest Hill (yeah, confusing that, isn't it) is an absolute beauty. You don't need to get us anything now. We're happy.

You know what it’s like, you go our shopping for Christmas presents and you end up buying stuff for yourself. Well, we bought ourselves another pub. The Honor Oak in Forest Hill (yeah, confusing that, isn’t it) is an absolute beauty. You don’t need to get us anything now. We’re happy.

expand +

Oh course you never truly know when you open a pub if people will come. But, oh god, they came to the Ladywell Tavern re-opening in their droves. The place was rammed, within the confines of all health and safety regulations and official capacities. Such a good night.

Oh course you never truly know when you open a pub if people will come. But, oh god, they came to the Ladywell Tavern re-opening in their droves. The place was rammed, within the confines of all health and safety regulations and official capacities. Such a good night.

expand +

Russell Howard just can't stay away from the Aeronaut. If you missed this Sunday's intimate warm up for his world tour we recommend catching him at one of his 10 (ten!) nights at the not so little Albert Hall.

Russell Howard just can’t stay away from the Aeronaut. If you missed this Sunday’s intimate warm up for his world tour we recommend catching him at one of his 10 (ten!) nights at the not so little Albert Hall.

expand +

Congrats to Ali and the Great Exhibition crew for winning their third Time Out Award in three years. They have retained their crown as the Best Pub In East Dulwich. Three for three against some solid competition. They're gonna need a bigger award shelf.

Congrats to Ali and the Great Exhibition crew for winning their third Time Out Award in three years. They have retained their crown as the Best Pub In East Dulwich. Three for three against some solid competition. They’re gonna need a bigger award shelf.

expand +

You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Forget regular reality – virtual reality is so much better. The VR games at The Four Thieves are the best thing we've ever done. Ever. Roxy was literally screaming as she was attacked by zombies (so many head shots though). When we took the headset off it was like the back in the room bit after the Matrix training session. The future is here. Mindblowing.

You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Forget regular reality – virtual reality is so much better. The VR games at The Four Thieves are the best thing we’ve ever done. Ever. Roxy was literally screaming as she was attacked by zombies (so many head shots though). When we took the headset off it was like the back in the room bit after the Matrix training session. The future is here. Mindblowing.

expand +

Laine's Loves... Soulwax
It's always a good day where there's a new Soulwax/2manyDJs track, but today there's two, and they're both free. Click expand to hear and download them.

Laine’s Loves… Soulwax
It’s always a good day where there’s a new Soulwax/2manyDJs track, but today there’s two, and they’re both free. ‘Transient Program For Drums And Machinery’ is the debut track from their first LP under their own name for 11 year, and bodes well – a Kraftwerkian bleepy piece of mid tempo bleep-pop that builds to a delicious crunch. It’s not a million miles from Die Verboten, their recent balearic-krautrock project with Riton and designer Fergus ‘Fergadelic’ Purcell.
Download Here

Elsewhere the brother have helped Tiga on a new mix of ‘3 Rules’, probably the highlight of the Canadian electroclash survivor’s ‘No Fantasy Required’. The three have stripped it right back and given it a deep bass bouncy and machine gun snares until it sounds like a MIA in a bemused mood (if you can imagine such a thing). The wry rules still remain, thank goodness.
“Rule three: never fall in love with a Virgo.”
Why?
Download Here

If you like those we really recommend checking out Soulwax’s recent track with Chlöe Sevigny, ‘Heaven Scent’, a bleepy little low slung spoken pop song which has crept up to be one of our favourites of the year.

expand +

If you're looking to go to a pub to wallow in the misery of the world, The Candlemaker is an absolutely terrible place to go. The whole week there is just super fun right now. Tina Turner Tea Lady's brunch was voted one of the best in the UK, Ettiboo's Bottomless Sunday Roast is every bit as fun. And we love how House Of Wax's happy hour is at 11pm. The place is lit.

If you’re looking to go to a pub to wallow in the misery of the world, The Candlemaker is an absolutely terrible place to go. The whole week there is just super fun right now. Tina Turner Tea Lady’s brunch was voted one of the best in the UK, Ettiboo’s Bottomless Sunday Roast is every bit as fun. And we love how House Of Wax’s happy hour is at 11pm. The place is lit.

expand +

It's almost time for the second best party of the year - Halloween. To be honest, sometimes we actually prefer All Hallows' Eve to New Year's Eve. So what have we got going on on Saturday 29th? Click to expand to find out.

It’s almost time for the second best party of the year – Halloween. To be honest, sometimes we actually prefer All Hallows’ Eve to New Year’s Eve. So what have we got going on on Saturday 29th? The Candlemaker are having a party with special food (pumpkin goulash anyone?) and cocktails and a DJ. Watson’s have a DJ and cocktails, plus Plumbottom’s Return, a Handmade Mysteries pop up game in the garden (also there on Friday). Hop Burns & Black are DJing at The Old Nun’s Head, throwing in a load of themed songs. The Aeronaut have a Halloween circus, plus games in the garden, as well as all their usual fun. The most convincing zombie at the Great Exhibition’s Zombie Apocalypse will win a bottle of champagne to drink amongst the promised madness. And it zombie time at The People’s Park Tavern too, with surprises that we really don’t want to ruin for you.

expand +
+ Load more +
Loading…

Feeds