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Red Lion

© Britta Jaschinski
Old Street

A Courage cockerel stands guard above the bar of this madeover pub, formerly a bog-standard boozer but now a wannabe-boho hangout.

Here congregate comparatively grown-up drinkers, slightly more sensible than the hedonists and cutting-edge creatives who fill other Hoxton spots; they gather in the main bar, beads of illuminated baubles strung around it like a fairground, alleviating the otherwise accurate impression that you’re standing in a bashed-up pub. The fireplace and the glitterball add to the confused decorative impression. There are more rooms on the upper two floors, but few venture up there.

The beers are standards, as are the snacks (toasties, ciabattas, tortilla) and the mains (pizzas, fish ’n’ chips).

Venue name: Red Lion
Contact:
Address: 41 Hoxton Street
London
N1 6NH
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm daily. Food served noon-10.30pm daily
Transport: Tube: Old Street tube/rail or Hoxton rail
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