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White Lion

#1,289 of 18,147 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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“fish and chips” (32 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
24 James Street, London WC2E 8NT, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just had an excellent lunch here today, delicious pies with mash & veg, all excellent would recommend highly. The staff were so friendly made it a great experience.

Thank HelenPilkington
Reviewed 1 week ago

After only coming in for a drink I glad to see that they had both the Meantime London Pale ale and Camden Hells on Draft, always a winner! I later made my way upstairs to be shown a great menu, went for the Calamari, followed...More

Thank Tom M
General Manager A, Manager at White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow thank you for this fantastic review my team really do appreciate a pat on the back, they work hard to give great memories to our guests and seemed to have achieved this with yourselves. Many thanks Claire

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my parents to this small traditional pub right beside Covent Garden tube station, we wanted to stop for a quick bite and ended up enjoying a great evening in the White Lion! A quick bite quickly turned to more when we saw the...More

Thank lauraboylan22
General Manager A, Manager at White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Laura for your great review we are very happy you had a good time with us and hope to see you again Many thanks Claire

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is another great pub in Covent Garden. It is very close to Covent Garden tube station and is opposite the Nag's Head. I found the service to be excellent and friendly, and the ale delightful. Couple this with a fantastic variety of customers including...More

Thank Electricwarrior
General Manager A, Manager at White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Electricwarrior for your review we are happy you had a great time with us Many thanks Claire

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here with my father, auntie, my partner and my cousin with her two kids. What a HUGE mistake. We sat at the table and ordered our food. My partner and I ordered sausage and mash and because the others were going to be...More

Thank frog402014
General Manager A, Manager at White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback, it is situations like this that we are glad to hear about so we can amend the problems. You can be reassured there will be some retraining happening immediately. We do take our service seriously and don’t like to think...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After climbing 193 steps up from the platform of Covent Garden Tube Station, we had to climb another 19 steps to the first floor dining room of this pub. To go to the toilet in the basement one had to go down those 19 plus...More

Thank Lee O
General Manager A, Manager at White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Lee I totally agree the 193 steps at the tube station is not for the faint hearted but for those who want the exercise like yourselves. We do serve many pies with pastry but our Lamb Hotpot is not as pie it is a...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was great even though I did get the wrong pie. Still super tasty. Unfortunately we were disappointed with the service - no follow up at all once mains cleared, no extra drinks, desert or even the bill. We had to go up and...More

Thank Sarah B
General Manager A, Manager at White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Sarah I am very sorry about the lack of follow up service and thank you for your feedback so we can endeavour to improve with more training Many thanks Claire

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a busy afternoon shopping in Covent Garden, me and my friends really fancied a nice warm meal, and we're all in the mood for a pub. We arrived 17:00, placed our food and drink orders immediately but we're disappointed as our food did not...More

Thank Spuddd2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been there about 10 years ago. The food and beer were great, or must have been really hungry on that day. Visited shortly a few days ago. The food was still good (beef and mushroom pie and my friend really liked his fish and...More

Thank Yiannis M
General Manager A, Manager at White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I am very sorry Yiannis that you were a bit disappointed with your visit and yes I do believe your visit was on a day of delays with the food. I can only apologise with an explanation that we had just changed menu that week...More

Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

A quick stop in the white lion whilst catching up with a friend. It is a small pub with a good atmosphere. We were lucky to be able to sit by the window and watch the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden.

Thank Sarah G
White L, Manager at White Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Sarah G, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to The White Lion, James St!

Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude
of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or
simply to be among the multitude of people who pass
through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking
up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around
Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the
opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters
here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated
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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:30 PM
8:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24 James Street, London WC2E 8NT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • 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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