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The White Lion

#1,943 of 18,457 Restaurants in London
₹₹ - ₹₹₹, British,
24 James Street, London WC2E 8NT, England
+44 20 7240 1064
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good50%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“pie” (34 reviews)
“fish and chips” (34 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
24 James Street, London WC2E 8NT, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called on a hot day for a cool down pint, great pub with atmosphere and history. Staff friendly and they pulled the perfect pintMore

General Manager A, Manager at The White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are glad that you are out enjoying the good weather and popped into us for a nice cold beer! We look forward to seeing you back soon, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback, we really appreciate it. The White...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I chose the steak and ale pie which was very tasty, my wife had scampi and the accompanying chips were the best that we have ever had , we would definitely return just for the chips, good pub and good atmosphere

Thank Gerry M
General Manager A, Manager at The White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Gerry for your great review! We're delighted that you enjoyed your pre-theatre lunch with us! We love our big chunky triple cooked chips too. And we definitely look forward to welcoming you and your wife back soon! Thanks again, The White Lion Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The chicken and leek pie was delicious with a very light flaky crust. Service was friendly and prompt and the beer selection was good.More

Thank Larry E
General Manager A, Manager at The White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Larry for your 5* Review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us here at The White Lion! We, too, are a big fan of the pies here and pride oursleves on the wide range that we offer! Make sure to...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Myself and a friend ate in the dining room upstairs in this pub and had gorgeous fish and chips and pints of Guinness. Everything was cooked to perfection and the pints were perfectly poured. Our waitress deserves a special mention, I didn't catch her name...More

Thank Joanne D
General Manager A, Manager at The White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for you 5* Review Joanne, we're delighted that you were so well looked after here with us. It's great when guests recognise the hard work of our staff, and I'll be sure to pass on your praise to Emma (the girl with the...More

Reviewed 13 April 2018

We were heartily welcomed and took place near the window. Got a great draught IPA and my GF a GT to her wishes.. Good start ;) Then we ordered and started off with the home made nachos.. Big hit!! Definitely try these when you're here.....More

Thank Koen H
General Manager A, Manager at The White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Thank you Koen H for your great review! I recall you and your girlfriends visit and we're delighted that you took the time to give us a review, it is a real help to make other customers aware of our great little pub! I rememeber...More

Reviewed 26 March 2018

Chose this pub while visiting Covent Garden with some friends who were over from the USA. I wanted to show them a British pub. Great choice - Food was upstairs. The service given from the waitress was top class. She was friendly and helpful. The...More

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General Manager A, Manager at The White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

Thank you for your lovely review - we are glad you enjoyed your time with us and we could give your American friends a traditional British experience! We hope that your friends enjoyed their holidays and that we will see you soon! Thanks again, The...More

Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

We wanted a place with local flavor and this was perfect! We ate in the dinning room in the second floor. Food and service were very good, plus i love ginger ale and they have the real thing!! It is central and surrounded by places...More

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General Manager A, Manager at The White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Thank you Martha for this great review. We love our ginger ale too and happy you enjoyed your cosit witb us. Hope to see you again Claire

Reviewed 4 March 2018

Great location and atmosphere. I had the lentil cottage pie and was delightfully surprised. Good pie with some great gravy.More

Thank DeninBos
General Manager A, Manager at The White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Thank you for your lovely review! We aim to achieve the highest of standards here in The White Lion and are glad we met yours! We do pride ourselves on our Pie Menu so we are glad you enjoyed our Vegan option, some hearty food...More

Reviewed 18 February 2018

A small group of us had just been to see a show in London. We have beed to a Nicholson's pub chain before and tried this one as it was close to Covent Garden. We had a warm friendly welcome in the resturant upstairs. The...More

Thank Mark B
General Manager A, Manager at The White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2018

Hi Mark We are glad we lived up to expectations and hope you enjoyed your show. Thanks for the review Regards Claire

Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

Small pub just off Covent Garden near the tube station.Service was ok.Real ale £4.80 a pint. Was a pain to get the code for the toilet- took ages to be handed a slip of paper with it on,do they really need such a long code...More

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General Manager A, Manager at The White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2018

Hi Im glad you enjoyed our pub and am sorry you had a problem with the toilet. We had to install the locks after continuous vandalisum and general abuse of the toilets due to us being so central and want out guests to have a...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 16
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24 James Street, London WC2E 8NT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7240 1064
You will find The White Lion in Covent Garden London within a short stroll of Covent Garden Tube, Long Acre and Floral Street - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.The White Lion is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.
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