Red Lion

Bars and pubs Whitehall
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‘A Great British Tradition’ runs the wording around this 600-year-old pub. However, the Red Lion’s character is defined as much by its location (it’s the closest pub to Downing Street) as its history.

Fuller’s took over the place in 2009, but aside from a predictable and by no means unwelcome increase in the number of Fuller’s beers on tap, change has been conspicuous by its absence: the decor remains traditional and woody, images of politicans past continue to look down on the drinkers, and the food still has few aspirations beyond sustenance.

MP-spotters are more likely to find their prey down the road at the St Stephen’s Tavern, leaving this place to a mix of tourists and civil servants.


Venue name: Red Lion
Address: 48 Parliament Street
Opening hours: Open 10am-11pm Mon-Fri; 10am-9pm Sat; noon-9pm Sun. Food served Bar noon-9pm daily. Dining room 10am-9pm daily
Transport: Tube: Westminster tube
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Had a great night here. Great booze, friendly staff and rather a good watering hole being just off Whitehall. If there were MP's abusing expenses, I did not notice them. 


This pub was demolished about 1870 then a new pub was built on the site. It kept the name the Red Lion and later had an external refurbishment in the very early 1900`s