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Golden Lion

25 King Street
St James's

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Opening Times

Monday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
SaturdayMidday - 10.30 pm
SundayMidday - 10.30 pm

Meal Times

12 - 9

About the Pub

Reopening 17 May 2021 subject to Covid constraints.

The delightfully ornate imitation Jacobean Baroque narrow frontage of this pub appears squashed between the drab monolithic giants on each side, but it faces the more pleasant prospect of Christie's auction rooms across the road and displays some of their old posters inside.

The present pub was rebuilt in 1900 and features part panelled walls, an attractive back bar and interesting tiles on the gantry over the bar itself. Curious white antler chandeliers are presumably a more modern addition. The upstairs ‘Theatre Bar’ and dining area is furnished with memorabilia from the former St James's Theatre which stood next door between 1835 and 1957.

The six handpumps offer three or four beers from the Greene King range and the remainder from other breweries. There is an interesting menu of hot dishes as well as snacks, sharers and sandwiches, all at prices considered reasonable for the area.

Historic Interest

Although the pub’s licence dates from c.1690, it has been on this site only since 1731. In 1823 the landlady was kicked to death by a woman customer.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 3 regular beers.

  • Greene King Golden Lion Ale
  • Greene King IPA
  • Greene King London Glory

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 3 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Greene King --varies--
  • Timothy Taylor Landlord
  • Wimbledon --varies--

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Golden Lion, London


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    But not at weekends.

  • Garden Pub Garden

    Covered and heated pavement tables on side.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Events Events

    Quiz every Wed at 7pm.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Upstairs restaurant can be reserved.

  • Restaurant Restaurant Area


  • Smoking Smoking Area


  • WiFi Wifi

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Golden Lion

25 King Street
St James's

Sat Nav Reference

51.506364, -0.137503


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Nearby Bus Routes (100m)

Route 9

Closest Station (1000m)

London Charing Cross

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (400m)

Green Park

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