The Red Lion in Westminster

The Red Lion, Westminster (source:
The Red Lion, Westminster (source:

Today’s Red Lion pub stands on the site of a medieval tavern – known in 1434 as the Hopping Hall. The tavern passed through various hands and traded under many names in its early years, before it was bought by the Crown in 1531.

Centuries later, with the inn trading as The Red Lion, a young Charles Dickens became a regular visitor. Dickens’ noted that the pub’s landlady was ‘a kind-hearted soul’, whose attitude towards him was ‘admiring as well as compassionate’.

Dickens was not the only famous visitor: in the heart of Westminster and Whitehall and just a stones’ throw to Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament, The Red Lion is a popular haunt for British Prime Ministers. Indeed, the pub served every British Prime Minister up until Edward Heath in the 1970s – welcoming the likes of Sir Winston Churchill and Clement Atlee for a drink.

The Red Lion is a Grade II listed public house at 48 Parliament Street, London SW1.

Red Lion
The Red Lion, Westminster (source:
The Red Lion, Westminster (source:

[button link=”” color=”teal” window=”yes”]Source: The Red Lion Website[/button]

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