Address: 24 James Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8NS
Telephone: 020 7240 1064
Small Nicholson’s pub between Covent Garden tube station and the main Covent Garden piazza.
Given its location it’s not surprisingly a busy pub although in warmer months most people will be on the pavement outside.
Nicholson’s have obviously spent a bit of money on the White Lion along with many other pubs on their roster. The result is a clean and attractive pub buzzing with conversation. The music was a shade too loud though but maybe that was just me.
The selection of real ales reflects Nicholson’s renewed commitment to quality beers too as Brains and Ascot Ales varieties are likely to be found alongside more mainstream choices. The beer tastes well kept. Although the staff were a little disorganised, my server left a lively pint to settle and made sure is was topped up without me having to ask. We like that in a pub.
Food is available from a standard menu although at touristy prices. There is an upstairs dining area but I’ve not eaten here.
The White Lion is a good pub in the Covent Garden area – an area not exactly short of a bar or two.
Last visited: May 2011
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Other Pubs in the Covent Garden Area
- Coal Hole
- Cove Bar
- Cross Keys
- Lamb & Flag
- Marquess of Anglesey
- Round House
- White Swan
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