The Red Lion

The Red Lion

Portland stone, granite and slate

c. 1890

48 Parliament Street, London SW1

The site was once occupied by a medieval tavern, but by Victorian times the pub here had acquired its present name. The young Charles Dickens was one of its "regulars" before it was rebuilt in this Flemish-Baroque style — hence his relief portrait in the roundel on the exterior, over the second floor windows. The ground floor "retains unaltered public house frontage with basket handle arched bar windows and corner entrance under deep entablature-fascia," while the pub interior "retains most of original fittings" (listing text). [Mouse over the text for links. Commentary continues below.]

Photograph by Robert Freidus, text by Jacqueline Banerjee, and formatting by George P. Landow

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