The Golden Lion

25 King Street , London, SW1Y 6QY

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SquareMeal Review of The Golden Lion

There’s been a tavern here since God was a lad. This version sprang from the drawing board of prolific pub architects Eedle & Meyers, & it’s a boozer that ticks all Victorian design boxes: the decor has its full quota of bow windows, stained glass, brass & mahogany, while its list of former patrons includes the likes of Napoleon III, Oscar Wilde & Edward VII’s bit of skirt, the actress Lillie Langtry. The Golden Lion even has its own ghost – a barmaid murdered within is said to stalk its stairs. The Theatre Bar commemorates the elegant former St James’s playhouse next door, demolished in 1957 & replaced by a bland box. Messrs Eedle & Meyers would be crying into their Gale’s Seafarers – or whatever passed for a fine drop back in the day.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Green Park Tube Station 294m

Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 556m


Address: 25 King Street , London SW1Y 6QY

Area: Whitehall Buckingham Palace

Opening times

Mon-Fri 11am-11pm Sat 12N-6pm

Nearby Landmarks

Christie's 68m

Spencer House 174m


Telephone: 020 7925 0007


Cuisine: Pubs

Private Dining: 35

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