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:|
418 St John Street
|Opening hours:||Open noon-midnight Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-1am Fri, Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Angel tube|
|Do you own this business?|
Pick a dateto
London Horror Festival 2016
It's ALIVE! The London Horror Festival is back for a fifth terrifying year. Scaring audiences in a new venue, having moved from The Etcetera Theatre in Camden to Islington's Old Red Lion, the 'London Horror Festival' boasts an eclectic and electric line...Drama Until Sunday October 30 2016Read more
Dandy Darkly's Myth Mouth
This dark and nasty storytelling show from Dandy Darkly mixes gritty realism with fairytale flair. Dandy is a queer cabaret performer who's been inspired by everything from celebrity deaths to ancient mythology to create 'Myth Mouth'. The surreal horror...Comedy Until Sunday October 30 2016Read more
Where Do Little Birds Go?
After landing some rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015, Camilla Whitehall's one woman play returns to London for a run at the Old Red Lion. 'Where Do Little Birds Go?' is a look at the harrowing story of an eighteen year old nightclub hostess who...Drama Tuesday November 1 2016 - Saturday November 26 2016Read more
The Old Red Lion's spine-chilling Christmas show is an adaptation of 'Benighted', the haunted house novel that inspired a host of imitators - 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' included. It's J.B. Priestley's story of a group of travellers stranded in rural...Off-West End Tuesday December 6 2016 - Sunday January 1 2017Read more
Average User Rating
4 / 5
- 5 star:1
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
Just found this place, this year. Great drinks and a massively varied programme of theatre... Can see why it is an Offies winner!
Creative theater, really well performed in an intimate setting. A great, informal way to integrate theater into culture in greater depth. I have seen very funny, very poignant and quite challenging pieces. A gem.