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The White Lion, Covent Garden, WC2

24 James Street
WC2
WC2E 8NS
Phone: 02072401064
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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Pub SignMan left this review about The White Lion

This pub must have one of the most prime locations in the whole of the UK, situated as it is between Covent Garden tube station and Market. The pub is a small Nicholson's outlet with a simple, compact ground floor bar and upstairs restaurant. The bar has exposed floorboards and walls painted in dark shades to match the room's various dark wood fittings. The servery runs along the rear wall and has a nice dark wood counter and a less impressive modern bar back which was mostly obscured by countless Six Nations flags. Seating is limited to to an L-shaped banquette under the front windows and down the left hand wall, supplemented by numerous low stools. The left hand wall has a lot of Punch and Judy themed imagery on display - a reference to Samuel Pepys' diary entry which mentions the first recorded performance of a Punch and Judy show in the UK in the nearby Covent Garden Piazza. Aside from this, there's not all that much room for visual distraction. I spotted a couple of plain mirrors and a TV screen that was turned off in favour of background music, although the Six Nations promotional material throughout the pub suggest that live sports might get an airing. Elsewhere, there is a nice decorative metalwork sign over the front entrance and some smart lighting fixtures that help keep up the pretence of this being an historic pub interior. The dining room is reached by a staircase at the far end of the room - it is called the Bedford Bar, but I didn't bother going up to have a look around.
A typical Nicholson's mix of national standards and obscure regional brews graced the long row of handpulls, with options on this visit comprising Sharps Doom Bar, Nicholson's Pale Ale, Hogs Back TEA, Knops Musselburgh Broke, Everards Sly Fox and Bad Co Whiter Shade of Pale. I tried a pint of the latter which clocked in at a wallet-emptying £4.90 for a 3.4% session beer. The pint was in acceptable condition but tasted very thin, with the flavour feeling a little diluted. The bar staff were very friendly, extending a genuinely warm welcome to all-comers which is very rare in Central London, especially in chain pubs such as this.
This is a pretty decent little pub with a surprisingly modest amount of customers on a midweek evening visit, although I can imagine there are times when it gets unbearably busy. The friendly welcome and decent ale range are definite plus points but the prohibitive prices mean that the place is probably better left to the passing tourists.

On 11th March 2017 - rating: 6
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hondo . left this review about The White Lion

A small Nicholson's pub with a plain interior. 9 real ale taps some doubles.

On 25th October 2016 - no rating submitted
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The White Lion

Very small for a Nicholson's, but usually surprisingly under-crowded for a place close to the heart of Covent Garden. Otherwise a fairly standard-issue central London pub in terms of furniture and decor, with the usual upstairs dining room. Five of nine handpumps operational on this visit: the (St Austell) Pale Ale, 6X, Scottish Borders Foxy Blonde (£4.45), Rev James and Salopian Shropshire Gold.

On 8th March 2015 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
London Charing Cross, 0.5 miles, 9 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 1.06 miles, 20 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 1.18 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The White Lion, WC2
11th Mar 2017, 15:49
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
25th Oct 2016, 12:45
Review submitted by hondo .

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 November 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 18 November 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 11 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 11 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 11 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 11 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 11 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 11 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 11 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 18 November 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : No last updated 11 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 11 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - But not to toilets - last updated 11 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 18 November 2013 by ROB Camra
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Last inspected: February 17th 2014
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