Fullers London Pride, Fullers ESB, Fullers Chiswick (Guest),
As far as location is concerned the Red Lion is hard to beat, midway between the House of Commons and Downing Street. It is the closest to No.10, although it's unlikely you'll see the PM here. Perhaps the odd MP though as it has Parliamentary TV broadcasts from the House (thankfully mute) and there's a division bell for those important votes, so MP's needn't miss a thing.
This is a classic late 19th century pub. The long narrow bar was once divided into Public and Saloon, with the counter running along the back wall serving both. The solid hardwood fittings are broken up by carving or insets of decorative glass. The etched and cut mirrors are beautiful examples of the craft. The remaining wall space is covered with interesting and amusing prints with a political theme.
The Red Lion serves as watering hole and dining room for civil servants and journalists, although the conversation is more likely to be about sport than politics. Curious tourists find there way here too, so it can get very busy especially when Parliament is sitting and finding a spot to eat can be difficult, although there is a dining room upstairs. The cellar bar hosts the Electric Mouse Comedy evening on Mondays, doors open at 7pm. The Red Lion -
We went here yesterday but all they served was plasterboard. It's currently closed for a refurb for the rest of January.
The Red Lionwoodyman,
I went there by a friend of mine recommendation. We had a great dinner in a really quite atmosphere. Good food and good service in the city centre. I recommend this place.
The Red Lionandreagai,
Hello i come to London quite a lot from Liverpool to see family every time me and my wife come down we always call in tho the red lion it's friendly and we always get a good welcome from he staff keep it up well done to the management you should be proud
The Red LionThomas21,
Have eaten there on many occasions but the last time was the most memorable. I had the best Monk-fish tail that I have ever had, although my partner's Lasagna was judged as 'Very tasty but lukewarm'. I am loathe to recommend the place as that would only bring in more folk and lessen my chance of getting a table but needless to say - I'll be back. If you see a happy looking chap, tucking in to his delicious food, come over and say hello, it will probably be me!
The Red Lionwhiterod,
I am an ex-pat Englishman living in New Zealand. It is now over twenty years since we were back in UK and lunched at your superb pub. Are you able to tell me who are the dead Prime Ministers & parliamentarians who are in the Visitors' Gallery in that amazing painting of the House of Commons that you had exhibited there? It has always been in my memory. Ma ny thanks!
The Red LionChesterfield,
Well, we were out and about doing the touristy thing yesterday and headed for the first pub in sight. It was old fashioned, not pretentious, quiet dining area, normal menu, good food, well cooked & plenty of it, service was pleasant and quick. Even though they'd ran out of yorkshire puddings I was more than happy, and I'm fussy about who I give my money to! It was exactly what we needed on a cold spring day!! I would go again and again.
The Red Liondmbentley,
This pub let's just say I got waste there and went home with a british babe mhmm had fun lol jk ;)
The Red Liontaelor,
"When Diana died it struck me so hard that I had to take this opportunity to fly over to London just to be a part of the festivities"...festivities? a death -festivities in Canada? cathylogangraab that is beyond sick! As far as the pub, pass it by "festivities" or not!
The Red Liondymphna,
Appalling. Probably the worst roast dinner I have ever had. Roast lamb consisting of 85% fat, one roast potato, a sliver of roast parsnip, a few peas and carrots for £11:50. The tables were such that the plates and glasses stuck fast. A request for some mint sauce required the waitress to have to check with the chef. I am English and fear what any unsuspecting overseas visitor might think.
A very bad experience.
The Red LionTMC005,
I just spent the last 4mins registering here to tell you how rubbish this pub is no outside seating, sandwiches using sliced bread and processed cheese. The guy looked sheepish serving me, surly staff. Just keep walking up to Trafalger square and find something better or you will be disappointed.
The Red LionJuanCudz,
Thank you for your hospitality at the Royal Wedding especially Lorna for the blanket & the loan of her camera. When you have time Lorna please send me the photos i took Best Wishes Pam & Debbie from wales ///
The Red Liongodwingary,
It has nothing whatsoever to do with the pub. You cannot park a bike inside or outside for security reasons. It would be possible to stuff the tubes of a bikes frame full of explosive. The whole area is always an mega security/terrorism alert. What planet have you been living on?
The Red LionMatelot,
Hello Myself and 3 girlfriends are coming all the way from Canada for Wedding. I was "just hoping",and with a little begging thrown in, if you would be so kind to let us come for the festivities at your pub. We would honoured as Candaians! When Diana died it struck me so hard that I had to take this opportunity to fly over to London just to be a part of the festivities. I only have 100 words to write but need many more-so if you could PLEASE!
The Red Lioncathylogangraab,
Standard pub with nothing special to it, apart from petty and officious bar staff. Having come on my bicycle, there was nowhere to park it in Whitehall. This pub would not let me stand with my bike outside. I took my business elsewhere. With staff like these no wonder pubs are closing.