The Golden Lion occupies an impressive corner spot on Royal College Street and Pratt Street, in one of Camden's less-travelled areas. We popped in for a couple of drinks early evening. The selection wasn't fantastic, with no real ales on tap. It wasn't busy but the late afternoon sun on the tables outside was welcome. The interior is interesting, as is the case with many former Charrington's pubs. A huge wood-panelled back bar, enveloping an old shiny gold cash register, reaches up to the high ceiling. Stained glass windows offering off sales and saloon bar access date back to before the pub was converted into one large space. It's a pity that later updates have included some patterned wallpaper and blinds that wouldn't have looked out of place in an Ikea showroom. Strong local competition and an out-of-the-way location might mean that the gold cash register isn't ringing that often. But with a little attention this could be quite a nice pub.
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Reviewed by bongofury
28 Apr 2010