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Red Lion

48 Parliament Street

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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
Saturday8.00 am - 11.00 pm
Sunday8.00 am - 9.00 pm

Meal Times

Mon - Fri 11.30am - 10pm
Sat 8am - 11am, 11.30am - 10pm
Sun 8am - 11am, noon - 7.30pm



About the Pub

Tall, narrow, corner pub, close to Parliament Square, and rebuilt in the late 1890s. The name is ancient, and a brewhouse named the Red Lion very close to this site has been dated back more than 500 years. The present Grade II listed pub retains several original features from its rebuild including a carved mahogany bar back, a patterned ceiling, and etched glass to the rear. There is a cellar bar and an upstairs dining room.

Spot the portraits of former prime ministers in the main bar! The pub became briefly famous as the "Treasury Annexe" for off-the-record briefings to the press during Gordon Brown's years at the Treasury, but this came to an abrupt halt following a major indiscretion. MPs still use the pub and it has a division bell to tell them when parliamentary voting is about to take place, irritatingly interrupting their drinking and also confusing tourists who think it is the fire alarm going off. In early August 2016 media reports stated that the pub had been considered for nationalisation, in anticipation of parliament moving out of its home in 2020 for renovation works, and into one forbidden to sell alcohol! Apparently the thought of having to drink with lesser mortals was too much for parliament to bear; fortunately common sense prevailed and the scheme was ruled out.

Following a makeover the pub is now part of the Fuller's Ale & Pie chain. There are three handpumps on each part of the bar. Unsurprisingly given its tourist and parliament location this pub is often crowded. Breakfast is served at weekends but no alcohol before 10am on Saturdays or noon on Sundays.

The pub was honoured in 2022 on the 25th anniversary of National Pubwatch, when it was featured on a special commemorative coin. A previous licensee, Raoul De Vaux, had been a co-founder of the organisation.

Historic Interest

Grade II listed, Historic England ref 1226437.

Regular ales

This pub serves 4 regular beers.

  • Fuller's ESB
  • Fuller's London Pride
  • Fuller's Oliver's Island
  • Gales Seafarers Ale

Changing ales

This pub serves 1 changing beer.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Fuller's --varies--

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  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    Early evening only at weekends.

  • Garden Garden

    Narrow benches outside.

  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    Children until 5 (9 upstairs)

  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • Restaurant Restaurant Area


  • SportsTV Sports TV
  • WiFi Wifi

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Red Lion

48 Parliament Street

Sat Nav Reference

51.5021, -0.1257


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

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 139, 453

Nearby Station (700m)

London Charing Cross

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (150m)


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Red Lion

48 Parliament Street

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Historic Pub Interior
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Family Friendly
  • Newspapers
  • Restaurant Area
  • Sports TV
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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