Red Lion

Bars and pubs St James'

This unashamedly old-fashioned pub attracts an unashamedly old-fashioned clientele made up of neighbourhood gents and well-to-do local workers, although it would also excite overseas tourists looking for a quaintly, quintessentially English inn. With china plates lining the walls and an attractive little bar tucked in one corner, the small ground-floor room offers nowhere to hide, in keeping with the sense that most of the drinkers are on first-name terms.

The musty upstairs room is often empty, but it’s worth a peek for its cluttered and dated decor and gentlemen’s club feel. On Saturdays, when the locals have all retreated to the country, the staff content themselves with pouring pints for the handful of exuberant blokey gangs who show up as part of the fabled Monopoly-board pub crawl: this is the nearest boozer to Pall Mall.


Venue name: Red Lion
Address: 23 Crown Passage
Cross street: off Pall Mall
Opening hours: Open/food served 11am-11pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Green Park or St James's Park tube
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This is a charming boozer, and may has the politest and friendliest bar staff in London. Tucked away in a side street from well known St James it's the perfect place for a refreshment before moving on. If you enjoy The British Pub, this is the place to visit!