Red Lion

Greater London South West - London

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: II

48 Parliament Street
London, Whitehall

Tel: (020) 7930 5826




Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: London Charing Cross

Station Distance: 700m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (London Charing Cross) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Rebuilt in 1898-9 by architects Gardiner & Theobald in an eclectic Dutch-cum-Renaissance revival style. It’s a tall building on a small corner site which suggests the presence of a pub here for a very long time. The ground floor bar has been opened out into a long, single space but originally would have had a couple of drinking areas. The row of columns, glazed screenwork and different levels halfway down the bar suggest a partition at this point. Various good-quality fittings survive and the date of 1900 carved into the bar-back is a helpful record of when they were put in. The bar-back itself has 17th-century-style detail and lots of round arches. The counter has a series of unusually detailed panels with circle motifs. At the rear of the pub is some excellent etched and polished glass, including a reset panel announcing ‘saloon bar’. The ceiling decoration is very pleasing work with square panels and delicate swirling foliage. The rather ungainly structures sitting on the counters are modern pastiche.

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