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White Lion

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Covent Garden
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24 James Street, London WC2E 8NT, England
+44 20 7240 1064
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08:00 - 23:00
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Sun 08:00 - 22:30
Mon - Thu 08:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 23:30
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited London and stopped in this pub in Covent garden. Good food, the pies are really tasty, the burger is gorgeous! Good choice of beers. Just be careful the restaurant is often full and you have to queue in the pub, waiting time was announced 3/4 hour, we finally waited 20 minutes, just the time for a 1st beer.... More 

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166 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an excellent example of a classic British Pub in James Street. Try the Heart and Soul IPA if you enjoy a nice hop taste in your beer.

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Thank Dave D
General Manager A, Manager at White Lion, responded to this review

Dave, thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback. More 

London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a lovely evening with friends. The food was lovely. There's a lovely little dining room upstairs. It was comfortable with a nice atmosphere. The staff were great, especially Seana. My friend is lactose intolerance and couldn't eat any of the desserts on the menu so Seana and the kitchen staff managed to arrange some strawberries for her for dessert.... More 

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Thank Marshplank
General Manager A, Manager at White Lion, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback. We strive to provide excellent service to our customers at The White Lion, James St. You really made our day today. More 

Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely old pub, stopped here for lunch in upstairs restaurant. Very small restaurant and very compact. Good friendly service. Well cooked good home style food. Lovely pie with mash, curly kale and carrots.

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General Manager A, Manager at White Lion, responded to this review

Thank you, Coralie S, for reaching out to us. Your opinion plays an integral part in our customer service. More 

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83 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good selection of beers on tap and a friendly service, that does not come often in a place that busy. Tables are a bit shaky, so hold on to your drinks ;-)

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General Manager A, Manager at White Lion, responded to this review

Thank you, Konrad K, for reaching out to us. Your opinion plays an integral part in our customer service. More 

Yorba Linda, California
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cute little room is above a pub just outside of Covent Gardens with good service and reasonable prices. I always look forward to a dinner here after shopping at Whittard's Tea Shop. The food is good. I usually just have a large serving of soup (always vegetarian), the Tomato and Basil is wonderful and crumble (if it is on... More 

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General Manager A, Manager at White Lion, responded to this review

Beth W, thank you for leaving this detailed feedback about your experience with The White Lion, James St. We always love to receive great feedback. More 

Northampton
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We travelled to London with Canadian relatives and stopped for lunch in what looked like a cute Covent Garden pub. My niece was looking forward to having an alcoholic drink (back home she cannot drink until 21, but in England I had assured her if eating it was legal at her age of 17). Despite being with her parents and... More 

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General Manager A, Manager at White Lion, responded to this review

Lou B, we regret that you had a negative experience with us, but are glad you brought this to our attention. Our manager would really like to help turn your experience around. If you would be willing to give us another chance, please contact our manager at 442072401064 to discuss what we can do to help. More 

Mississippi
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458 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I searched all through the Covent Gardens area before opting for this little room above the White Lion Pub. The name of the room was the Bedford Room, and it was fairly small. Unfortunately, there was a smell of tobacco smoke that drifted up from outside, not from the pub. We ordered two seafood items, a crab... More 

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General Manager A, Manager at White Lion, responded to this review

Psychprofessor, thank you for leaving this detailed feedback about your experience with The White Lion, James St. More 

Handforth, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Our second visit to this nice little pub (first visited back in Dec 2014). Good choice of beers, wines & spirits and a pretty decent bar lunch menu. However, on the day we visited, our preferred choices were not available. The barmaid was very good, and ensured we were offered alternatives. A pleasant visit.

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General Manager A, Manager at White Lion, responded to this review

Thank you, Jpw753, for reaching out to us. Your opinion plays an integral part in our customer service. More 

Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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175 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

The downstairs area is small and cozy - a great place to get a decent drink (nice wines) and sit and people watch. Great views of people walking past outside and just a really great atmosphere in here. I have never eaten a meal here - as I see it as more of a place to go and have a... More 

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General Manager A, Manager at White Lion, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely review. We do have a dinning room upstairs with even better view over busy Covent Garden. Many thanks. General Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 22:30
Monday
08:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 23:00
Thursday
08:00 - 23:00
Friday
08:00 - 23:30
Saturday
08:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24 James Street, London WC2E 8NT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7240 1064
Description
You will find The White Lion in Covent Garden London within a short stroll of Covent Garden Tube, Long Acre and Floral Street - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.The White Lion is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.

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Staying in Covent Garden

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Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


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