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Red Lion

#2,023 of 17,925 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
St. James's
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
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2 Duke of York Street | St James Square, London SW1Y 6JP, England
+44 20 7321 0782
12:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
Sat 12:00 - 16:00
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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Very small, traditional, quaint pub. Offers excellent service and good food. We come here whenever in London. We always find someone interesting to speak with here. Just a nice friendly spot!

Thank JaneHardin06
Stroud, United Kingdom
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414 reviews
356 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

I love this pub for the magnificent etched glass which is just the best.Been using the place for years and you have to get in early to get a seat.Comfort food was what was needed with a chicken pie (£11.95) plenty of mash,cabbage and gravy.Only problem was the soggy pie.Content was great but must have been microwaved to get the... More 

Thank mncrbest
Stamford, United Kingdom
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409 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

I enjoy going here but it does get very full. But the service is excellent, it is inexpensive (by London standards) and full of local business people.

Thank BobStamford
Rawtenstall, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

This is a small but very cosy old fashioned English pub tucked away down a fairly narrow alley called Crown Passage in the St James district of London. The bar staff are very friendly serving good beer and a selection of appetising sandwiches at reasonable prices - considering that this is central London. An ideal light lunch stop prior to... More 

Thank RossendaleMancunian
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Great beer, good company, nice décor in a nice area. Crisps and nuts ok, a few tables and chairs if you are quick on your feet. Not sure they do any other food. Thankfully places like this still exist.

Thank paul s
Croydon, United Kingdom
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448 reviews
303 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We pop in here, from time to time, on the way to Rowley's restaurant and the simply lovely Manageress, Celia, is just SO welcoming and friendly that we would never consider passing this pub by. It's an old-fashioned London pub, with etched glass and atmosphere by the barrel-load! Highly recommend. We just love it!

Thank EtoileSanderstead
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116 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

With half an hour to spare I didn't have time to walk to my preferred pub so dropped into the Red Lion for the first time . It's small - it was busy but staff were excellent and the London Pride tasted just fine . I dint have time for food but those that were eating appeared to be enjoying... More 

Thank George M
Kampen, The Netherlands
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47 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Great place for a drink and some food. The pub is really small, but very beautiful on the inside. It has a traditional vibe to it, with etched glass and polished woodwork. Ample choice of beers and pub food (though when we were there some of it was sold out). The sticky honey sausages were delicious!

Thank Marahx
Leicester, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Great traditional pub in a fab location. Excellent beers and good bar food menu. Recommend sausage and chips in a basket. Delicious!!

Thank JayneWoroch
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Smashing wee pub. Friendly staff and a pretty damm good chicken and leek pie. Nice atmosphere, lots if our American cousins who I enjoyed some chat with.

Thank Al R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$13
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Seating, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Duke of York Street | St James Square, London SW1Y 6JP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > St. James's
  • Neighbourhood: St. James's
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7321 0782
Traditional English Pub serving lunchtime Bar Snacks

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Neighbourhood Profile
St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
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