Old Red Lion

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Clerkenwell

The Old Red Lion is most famous for the matchbox-sized fringe theatre that sits above it, staging no-budget productions of plays both old and (mostly) new. But the pub itself shouldn’t be overlooked: it’s not quite a world away from the boisterous boozers on Upper Street, but it’s certainly a welcome relief.

Although it could use a spruce-up, it’s a handsome place at heart, part-partitioned by an etched-glass screen and otherwise furnished with old-fashioned pub booths, tables and stools. Your company at the bar will be a mix of quiet pint-nursing regulars (the beer is very decent, with Harveys Sussex Best among the five ales), pre- and post-theatre drinkers, the occasional student (City University is down the road) and refugees from the alcoholic turbulence closer to the Angel.

Venue name: Old Red Lion
Contact:
Address: 418 St John Street
London
EC1V 4NJ
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-1am Fri, Sat
Transport: Tube: Angel tube
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