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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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Opening Hours

12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 01:00





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Blue Lion reviews

By Claire R.

We wanted a good-value venue with tasty food for low-key our wedding reception and the Blue Lion certainly delivered! Cheryl was very accomodating, friendly and helpful from the beginning, and we were able to have everything we wanted on the day. Our guests all commented on how much they enjoyed the venue and the food, and the bar staff were also excellent. We are very happy we chose the Blue Lion and would definitely consider hiring out again if we were to hold another event.

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!

By Angela P.

We hosted a party to celebrate our wedding in the Blue Lion. We had around 65 guests and the pub felt buzzy, but not rammed. I would have thought it could hold 100 easily. We looked at a number of London pubs, many of which had a huge minimum spend for a small private room, some without even a separate bar. Cheryl at the Blue Lion provided just what we wanted - a relaxed and fun, attractive London pub which we could use for a private party. The minimum spend was fairly low; the drinks good and reasonably cheap for central London. The food was tasty and available at a good price. Organising the party was a breeze and Cheryl was really accommodating; meeting us beforehand to finalise the food and giving advice on how much to order, and even taking steps to save us money, like advising on drinks to serve and letting us charge wine ordered by the bottle rather than the glass. She would have been happy for us to have a DJ or a band in, and was really accommodating when I had some party favors and a cake delivery sent straight to the pub. Her staff were really helpful on the night and everyone had an excellent time. We particularly liked that the speakers in the venue could be controlled to allow dancing on one side and keep it quieter on the other. Almost every one of our guests commented on how lovely the pub was. In fact, one of my friends used to work opposite and he commented on how much of a change for the better the refurb had been. I'm already trying to move my monthly book/boozing group meeting from Westminster to the Blue Lion!

By Claire S.

We had our joint 30th birthday at the Blue Lion on Saturday and it was absolutely brilliant. Cannot thank Cheryl and the bar staff enough for the lovely food, and the preparations leading up to the eve. Our friends are already talking about booking it for their parties!

By Gary B.

I celebrated my 60th Birthday at the Blue Lion last Saturday and everything was a complete success. The venue, food and staff were brilliant. I started planning it back in July and Cheryl was great help from the beginning, form advice on the food to ensuring that my band could be accommodated.

By Angela B.

Had a leaving party at The Blue Lion last Saturday, and can’t thank them enough for a wonderful evening. The venue is fantastic, with a welcoming open fire near the entrance, a pool table and dance floor near the back and a central bar area, with seating all around. We were able to take our ipod and have our own music played all night through the sound system, and it was great that the music was loudest on the dance floor and the pool table area, so that guests nearer the front could sit and chat. Cheryl was very helpful with suggestions when we were in the planning stages, and the bar and kitchen staff on the night were great too. Food was delicious – we ordered 6 platters, and then people ordered dinner later in the evening (the burgers were particularly good!). We had about 60 guests, and the pub felt full without being over-crowded. I thoroughly recommend the Blue Lion, and when we next have a party, this will be my first choice of venue.

By Lucy C.

Loved the Blue Lion for my 30th! Perfect place for a party! Everyone commented on the amazing venue, the space, the comfort, the open fire, space for dancing and pool table. The food was praised highly - fabulous. It was great for different ages and styles of people to feel at home. Cheryl and the staff couldnt do enough for us, making us feel very welcome. It was amazing that we were able to have the whole place to ourselves and very reasonable minimum spend. Seriously, check it out!

By Gill D.

Having hunted around various London venues and been quite depressed at the ridiculous minimum spends required for very tatty looking bars, sometimes even for just a space in a bar, I was so delighted to come across the Blue Lion for the joint celebration of my husband’s 60th birthday and my daughter’s 30th birthday. In comparison to other pubs, the Blue Lion has quite a classy menu. We ordered various platters for our guests and they all got demolished straightaway. The wine was good value and we had a cask of Greene King ipa for the beer drinkers. The manager was great to deal with, very organised and accommodating over the various different plans we had (e. G. Photo booth and dj). I had some qualms about the fact that the bar is bang in the centre of the pub, as I had some concerns that it would separate out the party into 2 different groups but in fact, this worked really well. We had dancing on one side and people could still hear themselves talk on the other 3 sides. The guys behind the bar did a great job and were all very friendly and helpful – especially as we struggled to clear up all our bits and pieces at the end of the evening. It is great being able to take over the whole pub and security was not an issue as it is a quiet area at the weekend. For info, we had about 75 guests – although there was plenty of room for more, it did not feel like there was large empty areas. It has a nice, cosy atmosphere, open fire etc. I would definitely recommend Blue Lion.

By Nicola M.

We booked the pub for the evening reception for our wedding. Everyone was incredibly helpful in the run up to the event - it was all so easy to arrange. We had absolutely wonderful night; all our guests loved the atmosphere and food, and the staff were so helpful and friendly - it was everything we could've wished for. Thanks!

By Annie W.

The Blue Lion hosted my birthday party on Saturday night. It's a brilliant venue - with a great mix of dancing and seating space. The food platters are delicious and I particularly recommend the well-chilled Prosecco to make your party fizz! Cheryl and her team couldn't have been more helpful in making it a great night.

By Steve B.

I organised a surprise Ruby wedding celebration for my parents last weekend at The Blue Lion. Cheryl was great to deal with throughout the organisation of this event, and her staff on the night were friendly and very helpful which is was most appreciated on the night. I couldn't have asked for more and would recommend The Blue Lion to anyone wishing to have a cheeky pint after work or book a private event.

By Brian M.

We chose the BLUE LION pub to hold our Civil Partnership reception - Camden Town Hall is very close. The pub location is very central (10 min walk from St Pancras/Kings Cross/Euston stations. It has a warm and friendly atmosphere, and we had sole use of the whole venue on the day. The manager Cheryl was enthusiastic, friendly and approachable from the start of our enquiries, and nothing was too much trouble for her - she even sourced equipment for our DJ. The sound system was great, with the facility to turn down the volume in different sections of the pub. Cheryl also helped us budget the (sustainable/locally sourced) food/ drink requirements, ensuring there was no wastage. There was a large selection of different drinks and the food was wide ranging - meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan options - and tasted great! All 100 guests had a fantastic time, and the day will live long in our memories. Thanks to Cheryl and her team

By Nick G.

Hired Blue Lion for my 60th birthday bash recently on a Saturday. The quality of venue, food, drink and service were wonderfully received by the 110 guests. It is welcoming but not quaint or scruffy, but not hideously over-themed or tacky like so many gastro-pubs. It is also ideally located if you have people travelling from all points around London - and beyond. Manager Cheryl was extremely pleasant, helpful and efficient - a pleasure to do business with. I can't recommend it highly enough. I believe many of my friends will now think of using the place themselves.

By M G.

My son and I had a joint birthday party here on a Saturday night in Sept. We booked the whole place for our party, so more than ample room for our 80+ guests, a dance floor and pool table as well. The food platters were tasty and plentiful. Great value for money!! The owners and the staff are really helpful and friendly - they made the whole evening a real success. I would definitely host another party here.

By Liam H.

Great food, very friendly staff with a 'not a problem' attitude. Changed hands about 18 months ago, new owner a breath of fresh air. Good selection of drinks, can be busy on a Friday night, relaxed the rest of the time.

By Alex N.

Am lucky enough to work across the road from this pub and spend alot (probably too much) time in it.

Staff are amazing and a real laugh.. you can tell the pub is good cause the staff stay for a drink there even after they finish their shift.

Food is great and a good selection of beer and real ales..and the barmaid does a WICKED snakebite

well worth a vist!!

By Tony B.

This is truly one of the best pubs I have had the opportunity to frequest on my six month stay in the BrownLow Mews which is on the same block of the pub. I had the opportunity to frequent the pub during the time it switched ownership. The current ownership has transformed this pub to one that you are sure to enjoy. It has a very friendly staff; the owner is terrific and easy to get along with. Along with the beers, the food is also great. The atmosphere is rather very easy going and friendly all-around. I would highly recommend this pub to anyone who whish to enjoy a fine environment in Central London.

By Arnold S.

This pub changed hands recently and it's super! Out have gone the TVs and quiz machines and in a really cool decor, homemade food that is to die for (try the burger), good music and friendly staff. Highly recommended.

By Cherry C.

The Blue Lion knows exactly who its audience is and caters for them very well. This isn’t the place for a wild night but if you’re looking for a post-work watering hole with good food and good prices, it’s well worth a visit.

The Venue
Set halfway down Gray’s Inn Road, The Blue Lion does a really good job of standing out and looking quite pretty in an otherwise non-descript area. With hanging baskets adorning the windows and the cream and blue colour scheme, it definitely looks inviting.

Inside, it has the feel of an old pub with a large, fairly impressive ornate bar dominating the centre. Towards the back there is a pool table, and outside they’ve cleverly put two long benches alongside the back, allowing for a fair amount of people to sit down without having tables taking up space.

The pub feels warm but spacious thanks to its low leather sofas and high ceilings. There are traditional pub features like an exposed fireplace and a lot of photos of what look like old movie stars, but there are a few eccentricities dotted around too. Fairy lights and brightly coloured vases and ornaments adorn the shelves and mantelpieces.

The Atmosphere
There’s a very chilled atmosphere made up of people having a few drinks after work, while some eat or play pool. The age range is probably anywhere from mid-twenties upwards and there is no defining feel to the ‘types’ that come here, so no one should feel out of place. The music in the background - unimposing old soul songs on a recent visit - adds to the relaxed feel.

The Food
The menu is probably the most impressive aspect of this pub, and it is definitely the feature which should pull people here over competing eateries. Certainly adopting the quality-not-quantity approach, the menu comprises of about nine meals which are all quite creative, priced between £4.75 (French onion soup, the only starter-sized dish) to £9.50 for the confit of duck. There are also four variations of burgers (one veggie), quite a few side dishes and sandwiches, and home made ice-cream for dessert.

The lamb, chickpea and chorizo pie with creamy mash, buttered peas and real gravy is a great choice. The pie isn’t huge but is an unusual mix of flavours which works really well. The mash is done to perfection and you get your own little gravy boat to distribute as you please – a nice touch. The veggie burger is fantastic. Made up of leek and Caerphilly cheese with mustard mayonnaise, it tastes great, and the home-made fries are really well done. The most impressive thing about the menu is that it changes weekly, presumably so the lunchtime and evening regulars don’t get bored. Also, veggie alternatives are available for pretty much all of the meals which is a rare – and welcome – sight.

The Drink
Drinks are pretty well priced for the area, with pints starting at £3.25 for the cheapest, such as Carlsberg, to close to £4 for Peroni. They also serve a couple of real ales. A spirit and mixer is only £3.25, and a small glass of house white is only £2.90. The wine list isn’t huge, with eight different whites, seven reds, one rose and a few champagnes costing somewhere in the region of £13-£26 a bottle (of vino).

The Last Word
A pub that’s only open on weekdays (like this one) means one thing – it’s there for out-of-office hours. With lots of space, a pool table, affordable drinks and an impressive, varied menu, The Blue Lion serves this purpose really well.

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