418 St John Street, Finsbury, London, EC1V 4NJ
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My friends and I loved this place when I studied abroad. It's cozy, it's right next to the Angel station, and there are a bunch of board games that we could make into drinking games. It's a brilliant place and I love it so much. They lived in a building close to the pub, and after classes we'd drop off our stuff and go over to the pub to de-stress from classes, ogle the cute bartenders, and...more
If I could hug a bar I would hug The Old Red Lion*.. cos it feels just like home. And not in your crappy 'we bought the Guinness package from the brewery' fakery that other 'Irish' pubs do.
Instead of slapping up a few stout signs and ye olde pictures, they've created a very Irish warmth in a traditional English pub. It's not the fanciest place, in fact it's a bit shabby.. but that just...more
Love-love-love the Olde Red Lion Theatre. I've seen three productions here and downed a number of drinks and have yet to be disappointed by my experiences.
A hybrid pub-downstairs and teeny-tiny theater-upstairs that seats all of about thirty people, the Red Lion consistently and impressively pumps out really great micro-theater with limited sets, space, and actors.
During my first visit to...more
I've never actually been here to watch a play but I like it as part of the old theatre pub tradition of Islington. Like the Hen and Chickens and King's Head, the other two similar remaining venues, the Old Red Lion has a lovely atmosphere to come and drink in. Lots of people hang around after if they've been to see a play, meaning it's often quite full even early in the week. Lots of young...more
I love little theatre bars and this one in Angel is a superb example of a great little, very traditional pub with a wonderful little theatre attached to it.
The pub as i say is very traditional, a bit old-mannish but you don't have to be a theatre buff to drink there and so you get a nice mix of locals and creative people. Drinks are about average for the area and cheaper than your standard...more