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The Golden Lion is both beautifully crafted and elegant; it was designed by prolific pub architects Eedle and Meyers. Between the late 1800's and 1940 they were responsible for some of London's best known pubs including the Angel, Islington and the Crown & Greyhound, Dulwich Village.
A Golden Lion tavern has stood on this site since 1762, this one was completed in 1900. Its next door neighbour was St. James's Theatre (demolished 1957) and a theatrical theme runs through the pub, including the Theatre Bar upstairs, which contains some artefacts from the former theatre.
This is a popular pub, particularly at lunchtimes and early evenings. The 'pub-grub' food is reasonable and the real ales well kept, with a good variety on offer. It's certainly worth popping in whilst between lots at Christies across the road.
As a plaque at the pub points out, the surrounding land was given to Henry Jermyn, Earl of St. Albans, by Charles II in the 17th century. The Earl developed the land and named the streets after himself and his royal patrons. Curiously, a plaque in the same street says Napoleon III lived there in 1848. Perhaps he drank at the Golden Lion? The Golden Lion -