21 August 2014

The Red Lion

23 Crown Passage, London SW1Y 6PP

Pubs Whitehall, Buckingham Palace
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  • Wine: £12.00
  • Champagne: £30.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm (Sat 11.30am- )

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Hidden down a doppelgänger for Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, this timber-fronted, lead-windowed ancient boasts an early example of pub branding. Its heraldic crest (the eponymous ‘red lion’) was one of many ordered by James I to signify to his illiterate subjects that they were about to enter a government-approved tavern whose ale would not leave them ailing. No chance of that today, with well-kept Adnams from Suffolk or Cornish Tribute on tap. Fine Scotch is also on offer, along with wines & a range of fresh-cut, deep-fill sandwiches, which are available for the modern equivalent of a groat or two. Popular with our future king’s courtiers & Mondeo man alike, this is a timely reminder of how friendly neighbourhood public houses used to be.

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    Essential Details for The Red Lion

    • Address: 23 Crown Passage, London SW1Y 6PP
    • Telephone: 020 7930 4141
    • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm (Sat 11.30am- )
    • Capacities: Private room for 60 people

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