Dating back to the late 17th century, The Old White Lion is steeped in history, having formerly been a coaching inn at the tollgate, which according to legend was favoured by highwaymen between robberies, including the infamous Dick Turpin. Enduringly popular with local residents and workers alike, this convivial pub remains a cornerstone of community life in East Finchley.
Built on the site of the old London tollgate, The Old White Lion has been lovingly restored, blending sumptuous period features with upscale contemporary touches: exposed brick, wood panelling and statement chandeliers combine in the bright and spacious bar area; there’s even some intriguing wall art to add a touch of quirkiness. With patio doors opening out to the rear, this welcoming pub’s inviting beer garden is the perfect spot for al-fresco dining or a glass of something special on a sunny day, whilst during those chillier months, the open fire is kept roaring.
Just a few doors down from East Finchley tube station, The White Lion is ideally located for relaxation and refreshment after a walk around one of the area’s green spaces or a trip to nearby Alexandra Park and Palace.
The pub’s beautifully-kept beer garden, surrounded by cherry tree woods, makes a visit all the more appealing during the summer months – offering barbecue facilities, ample comfy seating, sheltered tables and patio heating for those days when the weather is a little more Britain than Bahamas…
Dog-friendly and fostering a relaxed and friendly village vibe, The Old White Lion holds the authenticity of a true British local close to its heart.