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The Red Lion, SW1

2 Duke Of York Street
SW1
SW1Y 6JP
Phone: 02073210782
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Fuller's

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Tris C left this review about The Red Lion

A first in here the other night and I can't add anything to the earlier reviews.
However, it's a Fuller's pub and their beers are hardly Full o' flavour - I can't tell the difference between Pride and Doom Bar, ESB being too strong and sweet for a session ale.
The other problem is that this pub's tiny; any more than ten drinkers and it's utterly rammed, and I mean *rammed*. So full, that it's not just getting to the bar that's a challenge but moving; trying to reach the lavs or even eventually leave are exasperating ordeals.
This pub is a must-visit but if I hadn't been in a group I wouldn't have bought a drink, just stuck my head in the door then moved on - the pub is high on visual attractions but in terms of usability it's a dead stick.

On 25th August 2018 - rating: 7
[User has posted 874 recommendations about 860 pubs]


Steve of N21 left this review about The Red Lion

Another revisit to this fine pub found it in rude health on a mid week early afternoon and the beer range is now improved by inclusion of at least one Dark Star offering which was a well kept Dark Star Hop Head to go alongside the usual Fullers suspects of Pride, ESB, Oliver's Island and Gales Seafarers.
Remains one always worth detouring from Piccadilly Circus to find.

Original Post: 11th February 2010
One of London’s classic pubs. A wonderful Victorian treasure hidden down a backstreet in St James just off Piccadilly. Fantastic décor and superb display of Victorian glasswork which gets it into the Camra inventory of unspoilt pub interiors.
As Strongers says, used to be a Nickolson house with a regular changing list of beers. But it was bought by Fullers in 2009 and although it still dispenses up to six beers these are usually all from the Fullers range and although they are well kept and as much as I also like Fullers beers, I feel this gem has lost a little by not also having beers that you cannot find in several other London hostelries. Still worth a visit though.
There are two small bar areas either side of the central serving area. Doesn’t take a lot in to make it extremely busy, so probably be prepared to stand. But it is worth it for the décor alone.

On 24th August 2018 - rating: 8
[User has posted 1577 recommendations about 1528 pubs]


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Will Larter left this review about The Red Lion

A two roomed pub with original etched glass and mirrors set in beautifully intact wood panelling, with bar counters in each room to match. There are five hand pumps on the front bar and two in the back room, with Fullers beers throughout, including their damson porter. This is a National Inventory pub and well worth seeking out, especially if you can get here before it fills up with the after work crowd.

Date of visit: 21st November 2017

On 10th January 2018 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
London Charing Cross, 0.68 miles, 13 min walk (show)
London Victoria, 1.26 miles, 24 min walk (show)
London Victoria, 1.26 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Red Lion, SW1
25th Aug 2018, 15:41
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
25th Aug 2018, 15:31
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
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  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No - not technically! - last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 26 November 2015 by Quinno _
Opening Hours
SundayClosed
Monday11:30am - 11pm
Tuesday11:30am - 11pm
Wednesday11:30am - 11pm
Thursday11:30am - 11pm
Friday11:30am - 11pm
Saturday11:30am - 11pm
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