From Lion To Horse To Lion To Weeping

Red Lion, London

This is an illustration from a 1922 book entitled “Dickensian Inns and Taverns” by B W Matz. It shows one such old Dickensian inn – the Red Lion in Bevis Marks in the City of London. Being of such historic importance it was, inevitably, demolished in the 1960s. A new concrete and marble place was incorporated into the office block that took its place. For reasons best known to itself, it changed its name to the White Horse and then eventually, back to “The Lion”. You can still go there today and see Dickens crying in the public bar.

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