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The Lion, Aldgate, EC3

31-36 Houndsditch
Phone: 02076238468
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Lion

This current incarnation of this location as the Lion opened after an internal refit in September 2016. I cannot comment on how it appears compared to its previous periods as the Red Lion, The White Horse and formerly O’Niels because this was my first visit to this location.
Although the current décor is under two years old internally it has been made to look like it’s been here a lot longer and the use of red leather Chesterfield banquettes and reproduction period brewery mirrors and Victorian period prints does provide some traditional pub character. But then some other design features such as the exposed wiring pipes and the modern metal frame bar back does give the game away that this is a reconditioned interior.
Its target market are the office workers in the glass towers around the Houndsditch part of the city and on the week before Christmas it had the advantage of not being manically busy, unlike some of the more traditional pubs close to Liverpool Street station and we were able to park ourselves close to the small rectangular bar that does still seem to be the same set up from the previous review. The bar supports two banks of chrome taps with some modern craft offerings either side of three real ale hands pumps. For our visit these were dispensing Purity UBU and a very passable Hogs Back TEA with the third reversed. But as it had been Sharps Doombore no loss there.
It proved to be a comfortable place for a couple of pints and as the Houndsditch is not blessed with traditional drinking establishments I can see myself returning.

On 1st March 2018 - rating: 6
[User has posted 1747 recommendations about 1693 pubs]

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about White Horse

Formerly an O'Neills, the White Horse is now an independent 'Pub & Grill'. It has a narrow frontage, painted in a very unappealing dark grey colour. Inside, it houses a small rectanular bar with fairly traditional furniture and decor but little in the way of natural light. Sport on the TVs. Doom Bar, Harveys and Tribute (£3.70) available from the three handpumps on the small bar counter to one side of the room.

On 8th April 2012 - rating: 6
[User has posted 6546 recommendations about 6546 pubs]

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London Liverpool Street, 0.32 miles, 6 min walk (show)
London Fenchurch Street, 0.34 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Moorgate, 0.59 miles, 11 min walk (show)
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25th May 2018, 23:29
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25th May 2018, 20:32
Picture submitted by john mcgraw approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 27 April 2018 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 27 April 2018 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Micropub : No last updated 27 April 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 08 April 2012 by Alan Hurdle
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