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Independently run pub The Blue Lion offers a weekly-changing seasonal food menu alongside a variety of cask ales, ciders and wines.

Ranked #17 of 2091 pubs & bars in London
"The Blue Lion is an independently owned pub, popular with the lunch-time and after-work drinks crowds. Our kitchen serves real food, cooked from scratch using fresh ingredients and our menu changes every week. During the week we are especially known for group bookings as our large layout with central bar offers a variety of great spaces to eat, drink and mingle. Our pool table is another draw, and can be reserved in advance. Our local area is quiet at weekends and on bank holidays so we offer the whole pub for private events."

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12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 01:00





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By Louise C.

Held my 50th birthday party at the Blue Lion recently and couldn't be more happy with the venue and its staff. From the outset, manager Cheryl answered my enquiries clearly and promptly so I felt absolutely confident that I was in good hands. Everyone was so helpful and the whole night ran like clockwork (but more fun!). The food was great, really nicely presented, and my guests loved the Blue Lion; from the pool table and dance floor, to the varied seating arrangements and characterful decor, it was the perfect venue. I'm so pleased to have found it because it really made the evening work.

By James W.

We hired the Blue Lion on a Saturday for our wedding reception. The communication was excellent, the staff on the day were really good, the beer and wine/cider/spirits selection was great. We ordered a buffet and the quality was very good and the quantity was outstanding. The sound system was excellent and the pricing of food and drink was brilliant, particularly given London prices. I cannot fault the Blue Lion and would give them 10/10.

By Lisa P.

Fantastic venue and staff - open, flexbible and helpful. Felt I could trust Manager Cheryl from the word go. Great food too - in terms of quality and value. Also, well located for out-of-towners coming via Kings Cross/Euston. Thoroughly recommended.

By Ed T.

We arranged to have private use of the whole pub on a Saturday night and it worked perfectly. Great location for a mix of Londoners and non-Londoners, perfect size for between 70 and 100 people, really nice atmosphere and the staff were really friendly and looked after all our guests. Thank you Blue Lion!

By Helen S.

booked the blue lion for a engagement party. Found the owner and staff extremely helpful at all times. They went above and beyond when we needed to find out the width of the doorway so our friend who uses a wheelchair could gain access. On the evening of our party the pub was already set up for us so we could just set up the record decks and get on with partying! The range of beers and spirits that were on offer made everyone happy!! The bar staff were fast, friendly and professional, also no one was kept wait more than a couple of minutes to be served. I would happily use the blue lion again and would recommend the venue to everyone.

By Pamela J.

Lovely pub in a great location, perfect to hire for an event. The staff are friendly and flexible and the food is great! I would definitely go back time and time again.

By Michael M.

The Blue Lioj is a fantastic venue and pub. I have drunk here during the week when it is open to the public and hired the venue at the weekend for a party, both times the beer and whiskey selection was great, food awesome and staff friendly. Definitely worth bearing in mind d you are looking for a party for between 60-100 in central London at the weekend. Plan to use them for my next event.

By Hitesh S.

Booked this venue last minute for a private party on Saturday 5th of December. The owner was very helpful in organising everything with only 2 days notice. Answered all questions in a timely manner and was really helpful. Upon arrival the staff were very friendly and as most of our party arrived late they were happy to accommodate bringing the food out later then originally planned which has caused me problems with other venues in the past. Very friendly service, good food and atmosphere. We connected our own music up to the system and due to on site WiFi streaming was easy and there were never any problems. I would definitely recommend this place if you are looking for something private where all your guests can enjoy themselves and have a good time. Hitesh

By Sharon W.

I held my 50th birthday party here and it was a fantastic experience. Cheryl was extremely professional to deal with, answered queries quickly, had helpful advice on planning the arrangements, and made sure the evening ran like clockwork. The staff were friendly and helpful and the buffet was amazing and very good value for money. It's a lovely venue with space which can be flexibly configured and a relaxed atmosphere. I'd highly recommend The Blue Lion for a private party.

By Adam R.

I hired the entire pub to host my birthday party this year and was very pleased. Communication with the manager Cheryl was always quick, easy and efficient and she was very easy to get hold of and pleasant in person too. The system for hiring was quick and efficient and my deposit has been returned to me promptly since. As for the night itself the food was lovely and the bar staff very helpful. The pub is such a great space, more than enough room for my guests and we all had a great time dancing the night away. Would recommend and indeed have booked again!

By Jack K.

We booked The Blue Lion for a London wedding reception following a ceremony abroad and it was perfect. The staff and management were incredibly straightforward, easy to deal with and very accommodating to our requests (including advice on how to decorate, organise music, food choices). We had 90 guests and it was busy but by no means full. We had a selection of food from the platters and buffet which all went down well. We would strongly recommend for those looking for a similar type of event in central London.

By Tamara P.

We hired the Blue Lion for our office summer party and it was absolutely fantastic. It is in a great location and there is a ton of space for guests to dance, play pool or just sit and chat. From the initial inquiry to the actual night Cheryl was extremely helpful and accommodating – even though I had a thousand and one questions. The food especially was amazing – we had burgers for everyone and sharing platters to go round in three separate servings and everything came out hot and delicious! Everyone commented on how good the food was. Good selection of beer and wine was available and everything was very reasonably priced. We had a wonderful time and I could not recommend the Blue Lion and their staff highly enough for anyone who wishes to hire a private venue.

By Annabelle D.

I hired the Blue Lion last weekend for my husbands 40th. In the run up to the party I met Cheryl as hadn't ever seen the venue and in the months leading up to party emailed her numerous times. She was so helpful and accommodating for my requests and responded promptly each time even though I probably drove her mad! Everything on the night was perfect, the food (we ordered the £5 per head buffet and topped up with some of the additional £1.50 dishes) was just delicious and really well presented, everyone remarked on what a great spread it was. The bar staff on the night were just lovely and so polite and friendly, and the wines, beers, spirits were also very reasonably priced and a large selection to choose from. I can't rcommend Cheryl and her team enough, the venue is perfectly suited to large and small groups, we were a group of 25 people and I was a bit worried we would feel a bit lost in all the space, but it worked perfectly for us as we had lots of different areas for congregating/eating/dancing. In fact, I'm already looking at rebooking for my 40th in a couple of years time!

By Shakeel M.

I had a 50th birthday party here. My friends loved the venue, as it is spacious and comfortable. It is close to convenient tube stations and parking is easy on a weekend. The host, Cheryl was friendly and very helpful in helping set up the party. I had a great time and recommend this place for parties and even just for drinks and a bite.

By L T.

We had our wedding reception at the Blue Lion on Saturday and it was absolutely great. We had 100 guests and it was the perfect size - good atmosphere without being too full. It's a lovely pub with lots of different spaces and some sightly quirky decor. The 'rustic buffet' was really lovely. We added lots of the additional items on offer and it was a really good amount of food and all very nice - a lovely range of breads, etc. Lots of compliments from our guests on the food. Overall, we'd definitely recommend the Blue Lion - staff were very helpful and accommodating, food was really nice and good value and there was a great range of drinks.


Lovely old pub with lots of character! We had Private hire on a Sat night for my parent's 60th birthdays and it was perfect! Cheryl the manager is very helpful and accommodating and the bar staff were fab! Food is excellent too - we had a rustic buffet which was reasonably priced and well presented.

By Tom B.

We held our wedding reception at the Blue Lion and Cheryl and her team were absolutely fantastic. From the first meeting until the end of the wedding itself Cheryl was in control of everything. She liaised with the DJ and the decorators. The food that was put on was brilliant as well. Everything ran smoothly. We could not recommend highly enough. Thanks Cheryl! From Tom & Jo

By Felicity S.

I hired the Blue Lion for my 30th birthday party a couple of weeks ago. Everything about my night was fantastic! The venue itself was absolutely perfect, I brought a DJ with me and had a dance floor area at the back, leaving the front by the fire a lovely place for people to relax and chat. I ordered the basic buffet of cheeses and meats, which was absolutely delicious. The staff were so friendly and couldn't do enough for us. Cheryl is so lovely and made everything so easy to organise, always extremely helpful and prompt in responding to my many queries. My party had a 90's theme and Cheryl kindly let me decorate the venue and bring in various 90's sweets and a cake etc. I still cannot believe this place is free to hire! Such brilliant value, and the booze is reasonably priced too! My 80 guests had an absolute ball. It's an absolutely brilliant venue and I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of having a private party.

By Heather P.

Such a great find! We booked the Blue Lion to celebrate our wedding with our friends and family and we couldn't be happier with the results. I cannot recommend the venue highly enough. From our initial meeting with Cheryl right through to the actual party was a very stress free and simple process. On the actual night Cheryl and her team looked after us very well. They were very attentive and their attention to detail was great. We had so many compliments on the buffet from our guests, some stating that it was quite possibly one of the best buffets they had ever had! High praise indeed but totally warranted. My husband and I were absolutely thrilled with our party and that is a testament to Cheryl, her team and a great pub.

By P P.

Such a lovely pub! We booked out the Blue Lion for a party on a Sunday evening and had such an excellent time: lovely and helpful staff; a great range of ales; very tasty food; a really warm atmosphere - and very reasonable prices. Would recommend wholeheartedly.

By P P.

Such a lovely pub! We booked out the Blue Lion for a party on a Sunday evening and had such an excellent time: lovely, helpful staff; great range of ales; tasty food; a really warm atmosphere - and very reasonable prices. Would recommend wholeheartedly.

By Jeremy S.

We looked around various pubs with rooms for our engagement party before stumbling across the Blue Lion which offered much better value and had a menu that looked tasty rather than fancy. We couldn't be happier with our choice, Cheryl and her team made everything very easy. The food was delicious, plentiful and came out in two servings just as we asked. The pub is comfortable and has a good selection of beer and wine at decent prices. Can't recommend it highly enough.

By Peter O.

Having just organised my joint 40th birthday at the Blue Lion I wanted to publically thank Cheryl and the team for the fantastic night. It couldn't have been better organised, Cheryl came back on our queries quickly and the party went like clockwork! The venue worked so well, the food was fabulous (guests are still commenting on it two weeks afterwards) and we had a fantastic night. I couldn't recommend this venue anymore!

By Sarah S.

Booked the Blue Lion for a family celebration. They provided an afternoon tea with a cash bar for 65 people. The food was very nice and served on vintage china, the staff pleasant and the surroundings congenial. They even lit the log fire at my request. Would recommend the private hire to anybody.

By Helen E.

My husband and I hired The Blue Lion for our 30th birthday party! Cheryl, the bar manager was great and repsonded to all our e-mails and questions promptly and thoroughly. On the night, the bar staff were friendly and accommodating and a really great, relaxed atmosphere was created. Our friends and family had a great night and were so complimentary about the venue. Thanks to all at The Blue Lion!

By Katie M.

I held my 50th birthday party at The Blue Lion and could not have been happier with the way Cheryl and her team managed the event. Not only were they extremely accommodating and helpful both beforehand and on the night, they made a range of useful suggestions on layout, buffet etc. The pub itself is lovely and just the right size for c100 guests. It also comfortably accommodated a dance floor and DJ. I cannot recommend The Blue Lion highly enough.

By Emma Z.

I had my 30th birthday party here last weekend and I couldn't have asked for more from a venue, and landlady. The pub is beautifully refurbished, and the staff were excellent, and were willing to cater for any requests. Thank you!

By Joe A.

I celebrated my 50th Birthday at the Blue Lion in May 2014 and the whole event was just about perfect.. Excellent buffet, excellent craft beers, excellent surroundings = lots of very happy friends... A huge thanks to Cheryl and her team for looking after us. I can't recommend The Blue Lion highly enough...

By Valerie H.

We held a birthday/anniversary party at the Blue Lion in June. We had around 60 people there, a mix of family and friends. The pub had exactly the informal and buzzy atmosphere we were looking for. It was ideal for our number of guests we had. Everyone was able to mix and mingle; they could sit down comfortably to chat and eat the buffet; and then we had a dance area at the back of the pub. Nothing was too much trouble; everything was set up excellently on the night. The buffet in particular was fantastic - and all of our guests commented particularly on that. The staff there on the night were extremely helpful and did a great job in looking after us. I would not hesitate to recommend this as a venue for a gathering such as ours. It made for a most wonderful party that we will remember for many years to come.

By S P.

I was looking for a venue in London which was centrally located and within a small budget, which I didn’t think I was very likely to find until I came across this on View London. The venue was perfect for our engagement drinks and the minimum spend was very achievable. We loved the atmosphere and feel of the venue (no decoration required!) and the board games were an added bonus. Cheryl was always available to answer any questions we had in the lead up to the event, and everyone commented on what a great venue it was.

By Rob B.

I recently hired out the Blue Lion for my 30th birthday party and I must say we had an absolutely brilliant night. The pub itself is a perfect venue, the staff are fantastic and everyone commented on how amazing the food (cold meat and cheese platters) was. I would definitely recommend this place for any parties you may be holding, it's just awesome.

By Ruth K.

Highly reccomend having your party/event at this pub. Had a surprise birthday party here in Feb and the night surpassed my expectations in every way. Cheryl the landlady could not have been more accomdating, friendly and helpful, exactly what you need when organising an event. This is the perfect venue - friendly bar staff, great food, and a lovely layout. Everyone who came had a fantastic night and all enjoyed the delicious food. Such a great deal (particularly in London) with no hire fee just a very achievable low minimum spend. Could not believe my luck when I found it here on View London and saw the other reviews. I had been searching for a venue for months and had been messed around by several places - The Blue Lion saved the day. At first thought it must be too good to be true but it really is a everything the reviews say and more. Highly reccomended! Thank you so much to all at The Blue Lion for such a fun and memorable night.

By Helen S.

I recently had my birthday party at the Blue Lion. It is such a gorgeous pub with a great atmosphere and was the perfect venue. Cheryl, who helped me organise it could not have been more lovely and helpful with her advice. The real log fires and little tea lights on the tables really enhanced the atmosphere and the bar staff were fab. Also, the food I ordered was lush (lots of my guests commented on how yummy it was) and the evening was just lots of fun and very relaxed with lots of dancing (fab sound system). I could not have had a more stress free evening and would return there in a heartbeat. Highly recommended!

By Jeremy A.

We had our wedding reception at The Blue Lion and we can't recommend it highly enough. As well as having a great atmosphere, Cheryl put on a fantastic buffet. To top it all it's unbelievably reasonably priced. They can also accommodate your own music / DJ / quiz master and there's a pool table. There's a terrific range of ale, lager, spirits and wine. The staff were brilliant and the bar stayed open plenty long enough. We had a good look around before booking and couldn't find anything that remotely compared with this when taking into account location, price and atmosphere.

By Chris G.

We had our wedding reception here and they have been wonderful throughout the entire process. They tailored a whole menu just for us and even catered for our more unusual requests. The pub looked amazing, the food was incredible and staff were wonderful. We would defiantly recommend for a function or even just a few drinks and a bit of food.

By Lucy M.

Earlier this year, my partner and I went to a wedding reception at the Blue Lion. It was so lovely that we immediately decided to hire it for a party we were planning in November to mark a couple of big birthdays. Cheryl, the manager, proved to be a gem: she was very approachable, full of useful advice about food and drink, and generally made the whole process extremely pain-free, not just in the run-up to the party but on the night itself. The pub is beautiful and has a lovely atmosphere. It's spacious without feeling intimidating, and the layout means you can have several kinds of party going on at the same time - groups chatting around tables at the front of the pub, people playing music or dancing in the back and a few little nooks and crannies here and there for more intimate conversations. There's even a pool table, which kept the under-15s happy when we were there. The food is excellent. We had a selection of sharing platters (the choice is meat, seafood, vegetarian and vegan) as well as a buffet. Being something of a worrier, I was concerned that we might have under-ordered, but in fact the servings were so generous that we ended up having some left over (I'm hoping the bar staff took at least some of it home with them). In another example of Cheryl's accommodating approach, she also made it clear that the kitchen could be kept open until 10pm in case any of our guests did want to order individual meals. For a pub that is pretty central - just minutes from Chancery Lane - the minimum spend is very reasonable. I recommend it very highly indeed. In fact, I'm just trying to think of an excuse to have another big party.

By Jessica J.

We celebrated our marriage at the Blue Lion June 2013 and had a wonderful, fun and relaxed evening. Many guests have commented on the food which included sharing platters, cheese boards and dessert. As it was a lovely evening staff checked whether we wanted the windows left open and they also pushed back food timings to coincide with guests arriving (along with the trays of bubbly)! Staff also kept informing us of how our drinks tab was going. The Blue Lion has a lovely atmosphere and is well decorated, clean and well maintained. It manages to have a lovely cosy feeling while also being light and airy which I think is hard to create! It was exactly what we wanted and I highly recommend it as a venue for a function as well as just being a genuinely fab and nice pub to visit for some great food and drinks. Many thanks!

By Mike H.

Had my 30th at the Blue Lion, it was so good I went back and had my leaving do there as well. Cheryl is very friendly and happy to help organise. Great space, great location and great drinks, you don´t really need much else for hosting a successful party. Highly recommended.

By Elisabeth G.

I had my wedding party at The Blue Lion at the start of Feb and would recommend it highly. Cheryl and her team were fantastic and really flexible. They designed a a yummy buffet menu to meet my demanding requests, allowed me to bring in my own band and cake and let my friends spend three hours decorating the place beforehand. The venue also allowed some of my guests to be able to talk while others danced at the other end of the bar. Definitely one to recommend!

By Claire M.

I held my 40th birthday party here on Saturday and had a wonderful time. Having spent several months looking around various venues, all either too expensive, already booked or just utterly dull and soulless,the Blue Lion was a godsend. It's a wonderful pub, with oodles of character, space for a splendid DJ and lots of dancing, a pool table for the competitive streak, an open fire to ward off the freezing January weather, great food and real ale. It was perfect. I wasn't the only one taken with the venue as many if my friends were waxing lyrical about its splendidness too. The manager, Cheryl, was so helpful in the run-up to the party and very reassuring to someone who frets about such events. I can't recommend this lovely pub highly enough. Have your party here ( or even just come for work-a-day beers) - The Blue Lion rocks!

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