Golden Lion

88 Royal College Street

The WhatPub entry is here: WhatPub/Golden Lion

Although this pub is not a listed building it is on the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) London Regional Inventory of Pub Interiors of Special Historic Interest and the description is as follows: “A prominent late Victorian former Charrington’s pub on a corner-site: its name is proclaimed in raised ceramic lettering. The ground floor is now a single space but its original tripartite structure can easily be traced. Indeed the names of two of the rooms are still visible in bright stained glass above doors on the Pratt Street elevation – Saloon Bar and Private Bar. The latter seems to have been turned into an off-sales in the mid-20th century judging by the inscription on the door glass. Part of the screen, with etched glass, separating the private bar/off-sales from what must have been the public bar is still in place, straddling the servery. The star feature, though, is the bar back with a scrolly pediment, bevelled mirrors, a dumb waiter, and lots of good detail including two doors with etched glass panes. There is also a panelled bar counter and a chunky Devon marble fireplace. The public bar seems to have been refitted, probably in the 1950’s or ’60s, whence the bar back with its Charrington lettering and ply-panelled bar counter. The upstairs club (formerly billiard) room has another Devon marble fireplace and the nearby gents’ are intact with colourful dado tiling and two urinals.” The pub was the subject of an article in the Guardian on 13 October 2015 (see )

The Golden Lion featured on the A St Pancras Pilgrimage - Evening Crawl of Camden and Euston in December 2015.