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Red Lion

Bars and pubs Hoxton
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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).




Address: 41 Hoxton Street
N1 6NH
Transport: Tube: Old Street tube/rail or Hoxton rail
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm daily. Food served noon-10.30pm daily
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3 out of 5 stars

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The Red Lion is a pretty run down place, but it has relatively cheap cocktails (all under a tenner)(watch out: the minimum card spend is 10 pounds!), nice pizza selection and a roof terrace. When I was there the staff was quite unfriendly and an annoying/rude group occupied the ground floor (probably the two thing is connected though) so it wasn't the best experience. Can be good for a place for a laid back catch-up...


This pub is located in a very quiet and slightly dodgy street just off the main road. It doesn't look like much from the outside, or the inside for that matter, but the cocktails are quite cheap - especially if you go on the specific all-night-happy-hour night. The best time to go is 100% a sunny day / night because they have a nice roof terrace. However, it is fairly small so would recommend getting in early. Apart from that, the pub is made of tons of floors with bizarre / mysterious function rooms on each of them.


I think this pub is basically quite average, not amazing and not bad but the big plus is the roof terrace!!!
As this place is located off the main high street the pub is pretty quiet (although seem to be quickly getting busier).
The ground floor is small but but quite good with 3 big sofas and a good selection of games and books.
Tips: It's worth going on a Saturday or Sunday during the day because the pub is not busy during the daytime.


My favourite bit of TimeOut is the column with London's best bits. When it came to Hoxton, I found out that Red Lion Pub has a rooftop terrace which was news to me even if I live around the corner (I know - I'm weird). I instantly tried it out and it was so nice. It's perfect for a chilled summer night. There weren't many nice summer nights this 'summer' so going all the way to the "big named" rooftops was a luxury. Red Lion's rooftop terrace was a decent compromise: + nice atmosphere + good vibes + drinks on a budget + good pizza + super convenient location - too many people - small space. Highly recommended for relaxed casual drinks! The bar is small so you might have to queue during peak times and also be prepared to climb the stairs of 4 floors.


We had been wandering for 15 minutes in the cold looking for somewhere to get a drink, which a, showed the rugby b, had a nice vibe and c, was open. I hold my hands and admit this was a rooky mistake - searching for a nice pub in the city on a Sunday that also showed sport was a bit of a fools errand.

We finally ended up in Red Lion - it was by no means our first choice but there were a few people in the downstairs bar and it was warm... o, and it served wine!
The football was on downstairs but they kindly put the ruggers on upstairs (it took them quite a while to work out how to do it) so we took a seat in the upstairs bar. The bar itself wasn't open and we were the only people up there but they kindly came up to take further orders for drinks and food. 
The house wine wasn't bad, the baked Camembert was good (I was starving though) and the portion size of the bread and oils was good for the price along with serving some decent bread.
Not the nicest vibe, not anything to write home about but accommodating, friendly people, drink and sports - not a bad Sunday afternoon.

Last night my work colleagues and me were having drinks in The Red Lion's terrace when a group of bouncers came in and told us to go saying one of us had brought booze from outside, which I didn't see. Once outside, one of my colleagues wanted to recuperate his bag he had left inside, so I said I was going to go to find it thinking I am a very diplomatic person I could get it and leave. When I explained that to the bouncer at the door, he was good with that and let me in. However, when I tried to explain it to the old blond bouncer insid she started to be rude to me and told me to speak in "English" to her. As you can see, I can write, read and speak in English perfectly well and I don't think they should be making this rude racist comments to clients at all.

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Pretty awesome pub tucked away in the corner for Hoxton square. Beer seems pretty cheap and the happy offers seem pretty reasonable. They've got a nice but smallish roof terrace too. The furniture on each the of 3 floors are a bit quirky. It's like being transported back to the 60s in some of the rooms. 

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