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The White Lion is a pub and restuarant that has a good range of beers and spirits. Old fashioned pub style food is served in the restaurant and there are plenty of dishes for vegetarians to choose from too.

Ranked #423 of 2091 pubs & bars in London
Part of the Nicholsons Pubs group

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White Lion reviews

By Andrew M.

I have been visiting London for the past 15 years, and have spent many a night at the White Lion. It is a good pub to meet before/after a night at the theatre. The staff are always very friendly and despite what many would assume- it does not attract too many tourists. I would recommend everyone to stop in and have a pint if they can. Overall, the White Lion is a nice, fun pub.

By Douglas M.

My wife and I have eaten at the White Lion some 5 or 6 times over the last 4years and until our last visit on 24/9/13 were very pleased with the meals provided. This was not the case last Wednesday, 24/9. We had both ordered a main meal of scampi and king prawns with chips. When the meal came up we were both shocked by the small portion provided - it looked like a childs meal. We complained to staff but were told that the portion, which comprised only 3 small pieces of scampi and 3 king prawns which could hardly be called 'king' as they were only small, was in accordance with company policy.I would no longer recommend this pub/restaurant. y

By Fat C.

Very friendly pub with old fashioned quaint decor. I had a Nicholson breakfast there and the price was cheap at £7 including tea (the portion size was very sufficient). Very relaxing and comfortable place to eat, and staff was very courteous. Will definitely visit again.

By HG M.

Covent Garden has a plethora of places eager to exchange their beer or food in return for your money. Some are good, some not so good - it depends what you define as good, and for me, what I get for my money has a bearing on that. If you're after the glitzy, shiny themed bars or eateries and don't mind paying the prices that go with them to consume some unknown lager and a folded lettuce leaf whilst being surrounded by tourists or poseurs, then the White Lion may not be for you.

If, on the other hand, you like the taste of good beer and good "real" food and think it all tastes that little bit better when it's brought to you by amiable staff and at a reasonable price, then the White Lion certainly is for you. In particular I'd try the food served upstairs, which is unpretentious but well presented and very tasty, fills you as it's supposed to, and doesn't cost the earth by any means. I'd recommend eating there, followed by a choice from the well kept ales and a relaxing bit of people-watching from this ideal location next to the Tube. Overall, the impression is that the White Lion shows is run by somebody who knows and cares about what they're doing and that helps to makes the place a real gem surrounded by places where REAL gems can be hard to find.

By Siobhan O.

Smack bang next to Covent Garden station, there couldn't be a more obvious choice if you're after a true London pub with history and a heart. But beware its size - if you're not heading up to the dining room it'll be a bit of a tight squeeze.

The Venue
The White Lion sits right in the heart of Covent Garden, with street performers and market traders one way and the theatre district the other. If you're shopping in the area or popping out for a beer after work there really is no excuse not to visit, since it's spitting distance from the tube. Serving Londoners since Victorian times, the White Lion is a go-to boozer for tourists and locals alike. The decor is traditional but homely, with vintage beer posters reminding you just how far the pub's history stretches back.

The Atmosphere
It comes as no surprise that the White Lion gets busy. Pop in at any time of day and you'll be hard pressed to find a seat, and chance your arm in the evening and you'll likely have to elbow your way to the bar. From the outside, the pub looks tired and run-of-the-mill, but there's a terrific, buzzing atmosphere inside and staff are friendly and quick.

The Food
Upstairs is a large dining room with a tasty menu on offer. Pub favourites like fish and chips (£11.75) and chicken and mushroom pie (£9.75) sit alongside the more adventurous venison sausage and mash (£8.95) and vegetarian oven baked pancakes (£9.95). And any menu that includes a warm chocolate brownie is OK in our book.

The Drink
There's a decent selection of wines on offer, ranging from Cabernet Sauvignon at £4.10 a glass to Chardonnay at £5.65 a glass. The White Lion offers its own mixed drinks where classic Pimm's, Bloody Mary and Pink Gin are the stars. There's also a selection of 'beers of the world' including Budvar, Grolsch, Blue Moon and Duvel. Or you can stick to Nicholson's Pale Ale.

The Last Word
If you're after a quiet drink and a catch-up with friends, the White Lion's often loud and crowded vibe might not be your best bet. But if you want a great beer selection and a nice London pub feel, it's worth popping your head in on the way back to the tube.

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