The first people to drink in The Bricklayers Arms were the ‘brickies’ that built the pub and all of Shoreditch around then from the ground up, of bricks made from the local mud. During the 1990’s the pub was the epicentre of an extraordinarily intense period of creativity. It was witness and venue to; Razorlight’s roof top gig, Steve McQueen, the YBA’s and many, many other significantly influential artists, designers and musicians crossing paths, ideas and actions at this now infamous drinking hole.
The narrative of Lipton Plant Architect’s expansive design reflects the pubs most defining eras; its regimented Victorian hierarchical heritage (e.g. separate entrances and ‘brickie’s’ ideals for brick laying), in contrast to the electrical, egalitarian interactions of the artistic 1990’s.