QUOTE: Ian Nairn on Pub Atmosphere

Detail from the cover of MODERN BUILDINGS IN LONDON: London Transport roundel and crane.

The White Knight [in Crawley]… is a common type done extremely well, not so much in its architecture as in its atmosphere, which seems to hit off exactly the balance of friendliness and circumstance which a New Town pub needs. If there was less fretting over architecture and more over atmosphere our towns would be better places.”

From Mod­ern Build­ings in Lon­don, Lon­don Trans­port, 1964

We used a line from this in a piece we wrote about Nairn avail­able in Back of a Beer Mat, our free e‑book col­lect­ing var­i­ous beer-relat­ed ‘lon­greads’.

One thought on “QUOTE: Ian Nairn on Pub Atmosphere”

  1. Atmos­phere” is a fas­ci­nat­ing thing – pret­ty much every­one knows it when they see it, pret­ty much no-one can actu­al­ly pin down exact­ly what it is or how it works.

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