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Old Red Lion Theatre

418 St John Street

EC1V 4NJ  

















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"A first class local boozer"


Monday - 12.00 - 12.00
Tuesday - 12.00 - 12.00
Wednesday - 12.00 - 12.00
Thursday - 12.00 - 12.00
Friday - 12.00 - 01.00
Saturday - 12.00 - 01.00
Sunday - 12.00 - 12.00


Phone Number: 020 7837 7816


  May Bank Holiday at the ORL

This bank holiday promises to be big one at the Old Red with Norwich in the

final against Middlesbrough on Monday we have plenty of festivities lined up. 



1.00pm: Monaco GP

3.00pm: Chelsea v Sunderland & Hull v Man Utd

5.30pm: Preston v Swindon

7.30pm: The exclusive launch of Canary Gold a commemorative drink

brewed exclusively for canary fans at the ORL.

8.00PM: A showing on the BIG Screen of the full 1985 Milk Cup Final

between Norwich and Sunderland.

10.00pm: DISCO!! Norfolk N Good DJ spinning a few chill out grooves to get in the

right mood for FINAL DAY. Also there might be a NCFC football quiz stay tuned!!



10.00am: The OLD RED LION opens for “Bring Your Own” Breakfast we recommend our neighbours The Angel Café.

10.30am: Soccer Extra Bank Holiday Special.

12.30pm: NORWICH 101 GOALS.

2.00 pm: Sky Tv coverage begins and all our TV’s are now HD




Boxing Night May 30th

Kell Brook v Frankie Gavin : IBF Welterweight title
Jorge Linares v Kevin Mitchell : WBC Lightweight title
Evgeny Gradovich v Lee Selby : IBF Featherweight title
Anthony Joshua v Kevin Johnson : 12 Rounds Heavyweight (TBC)
John Ryder v Nick Blackwell : Vacant British Middleweight title
Scotty Cardle v Craig Evans : Vacant British Lightweight title
Dave Ryan v John Wayne Hibbert : Commonwealth Light-Welterweight title



Our House Ale

Wherry (ABV 3.8% ) - Style: Bitter


Light but full of flavour and with a delicious citrus aftertaste. Great with Norfolk Ham and Turkey or on its own.Fresh and zesty with crisp floral flavours. A background of sweet malt and a hoppy 'grapefruit' bitter finish characterises this champion bitter.






This is the regularly updated blog for the Old Red Lion Theatre Pub..




The Mood Swingers

Every Wednesday - 5.30pm


The Mood Swingers are: - Tony on vocals, multiple sax, Andy on guitar and Mike on percussion.

They are a talented and versatile three piece who can create the authentic 30's and 40's swing feel

Tony and Andy have worked together for around 10 years in the Mood Swingers, and with their years of experience in the industry as record producer -Tony- and Chicago jazz radio DJ - Andy- they know how to entertain! Mike is an experienced drummer and percussionist from North London's finest covers band -the Kings of Rhythm.

The Mood Swingers have appeared extensively as a two piece and this is their first outing with drums!



Bombay Burrito Menu

Check out our new Bombay Burrito food menu!






Board Game Wall!

Today we unveil our new 'Board Game Wall!' - we've transformed our display space into a lovely informative and fun board game bananza! Head on in, choose one of Chess, Risk, Scrabble & Monopoly - grab the board off the wall and play! It's only running for a month so be sure not to miss out on the fun folks.




Ryder Cup 2014 Live!

Ladies and distinguished gentlemen, the fashion event of the sporting world have arrived. Nobody does it better folks, it's golfers! Do join us at the bar over the next couple of weeks to enjoy the sporadic and seemingly meaningless, bright colours and loud trousers. Only in golf do you get such loud trousers. Joking aside for a moment, we're showing the tournament live on the big screen as often as possible! Check our live sports page HERE to avoid potential clashing with football matches. See you at the bar folks!





Comedy Commentary!

Comedy Commentary returns tonight, 15th Sept. At 8pm for the match-up between Hull and West Ham. Pete Starr and Nick Hall will treat viewers to a delectable bout of 'Comedy Commentary', far superior to the usual, boring tripe. Head over for 8pm, grab a seat and a beer, and sit back for a great night of comedy and football! And what's better? It's free entry!



The Ukes of Westminster!

The Ukes are in town this Friday 12th Sept! Join us at the Old Red around 6pm for some blistering ukulele music! You'll know the songs, so come and sing along people. And drink, drink of course.




New Albums This Week..

This week we're flipping Robyn Hitchcock and Radiator Hospital to the deck for some 2014 style vigorous head nodding. Join us at the bar!




Irish Music Session!

This Sunday the 7th September, our big gang of wonderful Irish musicians return for an evening session! Sometimes 5, sometimes 25, the session goes on for up for four hours ever 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month!






Comedy Commentary!

Comedy Commentary is back this September with two Monday night dates, 15th and 29th. We're kicking it up a notch this season, so take a look at our new logo, courtesy of friend of the ORL - the excellent Ben Paul.





Sport this week..


Despite it being an international break for the Premier League, there's still a lot of interesting sport to catch this week at the Old Red! The big England tie on Wednesday will be on the big screen, and we're delighted to be showing the US Open throughout the week as well! CLICK HERE for a full list of our sporting fixtures this week.




Comedy Commentary Cancellation


Unfortunately, do to illness - we've had to cancel Monday 25th's 'Comedy Commentary' event. We apologise to anyone hoping to come along. The Old Red will of course still be screening the game, and will use Sky's English commentary, so head on in for some educational fun with Gary Neville and co. Comedy Commentary will return in September with more Monday nights!




Football Illustration Exhibition

August 13th - September 13th 2014.


Click HERE to have a sneak peek at our upcoming illustration exhibition.


Music This Week

This week we'll be spinning the new Spoon album! Uri Geller's favourite band.. oh and also a gorgeous little record by Luluc called Passerby.



Tour de France Exhibition

Here at the Old Red, to celebrate the Tour de France, we've organised a small exhibition of huge, great-big photographs spanning 50 years of the competition. You certainly don't have to like cycling to enjoy the spectacle. With the biggest image at over three and a half metres long, there's lots of detail to enjoy! Click here to read more about the works included.




Simon's Blog Updated

Offside Sports Photographer Simon Stacpoole keeps us updated from Brazil with his blog summarising the French and German Quarter final! There's some touching pictures in this one, particularly for Arsenal fans! Click HERE to read it.



Neil Young After-party Disclaimer!

Just to be clear, despite what this poster says - Neil Young is in fact NOT attending this after party. We have, however, all learnt a very important lesson about sarcasm and posters. Apologies for the mass confusion caused by this joke.








Comedy Commentary More Dates!

We're delighted to announce that The Illustrated Game have added two more dates to their Comedy Commentary World Cup schedule, and both are to be held at the Old Red! Check out our Comedy Commentary page for the upcoming dates... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.


England's Farewell!

Our resident friendly photographer in Brazil, Mr Simon Stacpoole, has offered up some further goodies in the form of his most recent blog. Despte England crashing out of the World Cup, many of the fans seemed to enjoy the final game against Costa Rica, some perhaps enjoyed it a bit too much! Have a read of his latest piece HERE to get the full picture.



England Losers Party!

Yeah, we're pretty bummed that England are out of the World Cup. However, we don't see it as the time to stop partying. We'll quit having fun when the whole tournament is over! Until then, let us celebrate our monstrous national failure - because apathy is better together! Join us for an evening of pimms, pies, music and football. It's going to get mad England cray cray in the Old Red Lion this Tuesday (from 5pm) so don't miss out, regardless of your feelings towards England! All nations welcome, the more the merrier.



Blog #5

Simon Stacpoole returns with a fifth blog submission from Brazil. This particular piece focuses on England's loss to Uruguay and subsequent next day exit from the tournament. Please CLICK HERE to have a read!



Sad Red Lion

It was a tough night to say the least! England on the brink of crashing out, the first time the team have ever lost their first two games in the World Cup. Despite everyone feeling a bit sad about the result of the game, we're pleased to say that everyone in the pub seemed to have had a great evening out! Providing Italy can do the good deed this evening then we'll be really looking forward to Tuesday night's game with Costa Rica! Come on England!


Photo courtesy of @HarrietMoss



Simon continues his journey, this time heading over to the jungle stadium of Manaus! Read about his journey up the Amazon, meeting some locals and enjoying England's opening game against Italy! CLICK HERE to read it!



Photo-blog continued..

Simon Stacpoole; our man (and Offside Sports Photography's!) in Brazil. From reading, it seems like Simon has enjoyed an eventful few days! Check out his most recent blog on the opening ceremony and first games of this years World Cup. Click HERE to read the blog.


Simon's first piece..

Our World Cup Photographer come blogger has published his first piece! Read it HERE! 


For more information and to see more images, head over to Simon's wordpress page - it's well worth a visit. There you can sign up to be notified when a new blog is written. Click HERE to visit Simon's page.


A Photographer's World Cup Blog

Alongside our exciting Offside World Cup Exhibition this summer, we'll also be given the chance to follow a sports photographer live in Brazil via this blog! Simon Stacpoole is a sports photographer working for Offside. He's their designated man for this year's World Cup in Brazil and he's very kindly offered to share his experiences and travels with us in the format of a blog!


This blog will offer a truly unique insight into the world's most popular sporting event. Simon has all areas access to all of the stadium's taking part in the tournament and will be able to keep readers updated on not only the sporting news but also the general feel in the country! The blog will be updated every few days and will be available to read here, on Simon's Wordpress AND on MatchPint's special WC blog.


Panini Sticker Swapping Event

Wednesday 18th June - 7pm

Panini stickers have enjoyed a remarkably resurgence in popularity this year, for the Brazil World Cup tournament. So much so that the sticker books themselves ran out of print and are now collectables alone!


This event will involve the casual swapping of stickers, alongside the suggested drinking of beer. It's during the first full week of the WC, so there'll be loads of football on (in fact there's a Comedy Commentary event at 5pm the same day).


Thanks be to Mr Edward Shepherd for demanding this event.


Comedy Commentary Returns!

Comedy Commentary returns World Cup style for four (possibly more) very special and hilarious international games. DON'T MISS IT PEOPLE - here's the list of games with special comedy coverage:


-Australia vs. Netherlands @ 5pm on Wednesday 18th June.

-Colombia vs. Ivory Coast @ 5pm on Thursday 19th June.

-Nigeria vs. Argentina @ 5pm on Wednesday 25th June.

-USA vs. Germany @ 5pm on Thursday 26th June.




World Cup Photography Exhibition

06/06/14 - 18/07/14

Throughout this year's tournament in Brazil, The Old Red Lion Theatre Pub will play host to a photographic exhibition of history of the World Cup. The show will exhibit the work of Mark Leech, voted the Premier League's best photographer, alongside a number of other talented and historical sports photographers. With images dating back to the 1930's and the first ever World Cup, this exhibit truly celebrates the wonder of the competition. A collection that includes the only legitimate, colour photographs taken at the 1966 World Cup final is not to be missed! 



Slam Cancer: Poetry in the Pub

Monday 2nd June


Join us for a fundraising first at The Old Red Lion as poets and cancer survivors from across the UK speak out - and up - in aid of the world-class Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. London Poets in Residence from Soho and Fortune Green, Sarah Perry and Ted Booth, will be joined by multi-prize winning poet Julia Deakin, current Roundhouse Slam Champion and Burn After Reading poet Antosh Wojcik and Belinda Zhawi, recently heard on Channel 4’s Random Acts.


This roller-coaster read will have you in tears, stitches or both. Poems, pints, sonnets and snifters... don't miss this life-enhancing, life-giving event. 


Tickets £10 on the door. All proceeds in aid of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Doors open 1830. Show starts 1930.


It's Up For Grabs Now!

Bank Holiday Monday 26th May

Ladies an Gentlemen, Gunners and Gooners - on Bank Holiday Monday, May 26th, here at the Old Red Lion we'll be celebrating the events of 25 years ago. On that fateful day, Arsenal beat Liverpool in the last game of the season to secure the league! In the Old Red we'll be screening that game, showing the seasons highlights in 10 minutes and playing the soundtrack to the 1997 film Fever Pitch as well as some other Arsenal classics! Why not continue the F.A Cup celebrations and head over to us on Bank Holiday Monday from 3pm!




Eurovision Song Contest

That's right folks. This Saturday 10th May we'll be showing the Eurovision Song Contest live on our big screen. Do we like trashy Europop? No, not really, but we do enjoy all of the ornate and well thought out costumes, like the ones you can see in this picture from Moldova's 2011 entry. Why not head over, have a few drinks, and join us in laughing at strange and unusual things on the TV.


False Nine Pubcast #5

The False Nine boys return for one final time this season on Sunday 18th May, the day after the F.A Cup final! They will be doing a season review pubcast and will be accompanied by Musa Okwonga, Nassos Stylianou & Francis Gene-Rowe for sure, and one other guest to be announced - the boys will be chatting about the F.A Cup final & rounding up the season as a whole! Everything kicks off at 5.30pm and is preceded by a Subbuteo tournament taking place in the pub downstairs from 1.30pm. Both events are free, we'll see you there! (Below is the result of pubcast #4 - have a listen an enjoy!)





Subbuteo Tournament!

On Sunday May 18th from 1.30pm, we're hosting a Subbuteo tournament in the pub! It's free entry, and everyone is welcome. There'll be prizes for the winners and a few free drinks to give out throughout the day!



The Ukes of Westminster

This Friday from 6pm we're being treated to the wonders of the Ukes of Westminster. With their smooth harmonies and scrumptious strumming, they're sure to be an absolute delight. Have a watch of the video below!



Easter Weekend

This Easter, the Old Red is getting holier than thou and resurrecting some sweet soul just for you. Join us on Saturday 19th from 9pm for a special set from Dermot Kelly. Dermot is a singer/songwriter performing a mixture of modern and traditional jaunts. On Sunday you can enjoy a nice pint of biblical Guinness and relax to the folkish sounds of our Irish session band from 8pm. We suggest you take Monday & Tuesday off work as it'll probably take you three days to rise again (we're very sorry for this awful punning).



If Sabotage Times says it, you should definitely go! #ComedyCommentary - Saturday 29th March, Manchester United vs. Aston Villa 12.45.



Here at the Old Red, we're messing around with the idea of starting a casual Subbuteo night in the pub. It's been a long time since we've played, so whilst we look up the rules - why not get in touch with us if you'd be interested in this idea? Tweet us or leave us a message on Facebook and let us know if this would be your sort of thing. The more messages we get, the more likely we are to do it.



Top 5 North London Pubs!

Posted: Thursday 20/03/2014


Twenty Something London's Ruby Harrison has very kindly included us in her "North London's Top 5 Pub's" list! We're thrilled to be counted amongst such wonderful, fellow establishments and would like thank Ruby and Twenty Something London for our inclusion!


CLICK HERE to read the article and see what other pubs were listed.




Paddy's Weekend!

This year, we're celebrating St Patrick in style! Over the weekend there's a range of relaxing and exciting things to see. On Friday evening the Ukes of Westminster will wow us with their excellent harmonising and strumming. Playing at the bar from 6pm - they're not to be missed!


On Saturday and Sunday, alongside the fantastic Rugby and Football fixtures, we're hosting two Irish music sessions from 8pm on both evenings. With sometimes upwards of 15 musicians playing at once, the Old Red really will be the place to celebrate! There's also a rumour that some Irish dancers might appear on the scene at some point. There's also an Irish themed pub quiz on this day!


On Monday 17th, join us for a relaxing day of 'bring your own Irish music'! Pub owners and Irishmen The Devinyl's will also be present to choose some of the best Irish music of the ages, and will be happy to drink a Guinness with you at the bar!


Ukes of Westminster!

This coming Friday 14th, we're joined once again by the fabulous Ukes of Westminster! This time amplified and louder, the gang have brought some new and old material along to perform for all you lovely patrons between 6 and 7.30pm.


If you ever visit us on Friday lunchtimes then you may have already come across these guys in the snug. They play a mixture of new pop and old soul but Ukelelefied to the max, or something similar. Together, they harmonise beautifully and really are a marvel to watch.




The Illustrated Game's fabulous comedy commentary event returns this month!


Saturday 29th March @ 12.45 - MANCHESTER UNITED VS ASTON VILLA.


Performing from in front of a huge cardboard television, the Old Red Lion Theatre’s two favourite comedians Nick Hall & Pete Starr parody modern football commentary. An event for football fans with a sense of humour, this match up promises to provide both great football and comedy!


Click here to join the event page.


Old Red Football Festival!

Sunday 2nd March, in association with The False Nine


Join us on Sunday 2nd March from 2pm for a day of footballing fun! Kicking things off is the huge Capital One Cup Final between Sunderland A.F.C and Manchester City! City will be keen not to make the same mistakes as they did in last year's F.A Cup final though Guy Poyet's Sunderland have been looking fierce of late and will not let a trophy slip by without a big fight! At 4pm we have a super fun football quiz hosted by the False Nine. Chill out with the Norwich game on the big screen and take your time with our football related questions! £1 in and winning team takes the Jackpot! And finally at 6.30pm - follow the False Nine boys upstairs for their third live audience football podcast! This is certainly a day not to be missed.




The False Nine's Second Pubcast!

If you didn't make it down last night for the False Nine's live audience podcast recording, then check out the results here! In this episode the boys are joined by Ben Mcaleer of WhoScored and Andrew Thomas of SB nation. They discuss the weekend's games, and what place stats hold in football - alongside audience questions.




Posted: Monday 03/02/2014

The False Nine Live Pubcast!


On Sunday 9th February at 6.30 The Old Red Lion Theatre Pub will once again play host to The False Nine podcast live! Taking place following the Fulham v Manchester United game, the gang will be picking over the weekend's results along with the biggest talking points in the game. Special guest panelists will include Andi "Twisted Blood" Thomas of SB Nation and Football365 and WhoScored.com's Ben McAleer. Join us at the bar to watch the afternoon's games and then follow us upstairs to the theatre for some expert opinion and audience interaction! It's completely free too!


Here's the recording of the previous live pubcast!


Posted: Thursday 24/01/2014

Ukes of Westminster LIVE!

We're delighted to announce that on Friday 7th February the Old Red will be playing host to the fabulous Ukes of Westminster! If you're a fan of Friday lunchtimes in the pub then you may have already enjoyed this lovely music, as the give chaps roll up occasionally and practice over a beer. BUT for the first time from 6-7.30pm you'll be able to enjoy modern classics in the beautiful form of ukuleles and harmonies. These guys are the real deal, so to prove it - have a little watch of this:



Friday 24/01/2014

Sunday Pub Quiz

Friends and patrons, starting this coming Sunday 26th January, the Old Red Lion will now be hosting it's own pub quiz every Sunday from 6.30! Jovial participants will enjoy Mr Tony's hosting and perhaps a lovely prize or two should your team do well! Do join our facebook event page HERE to receive updates on the event.


Thursday 23/01/2014

Artistic Director Departs..

We are very sorry to announce that Nicholas Thompson, artistic director of our theatre will be leaving us at the beginning of April. Nick has been with us for a couple of years and navigated the theatre through some remarkably successful productions. He's been a great colleague and friend, we'll be sad to see him go! Good luck Nick - we'll treasure this beautiful picture of you for all time.


In other news, our annoying artistic director is leaving. If you're interested in applying for the job, please click HERE.


Bye Nick, we love you.  


Monday 20/01/2014


Football fans, we bring you excellent news! Nick Hall and Pete Starr return for another spout of comedy commentary! On Saturday 8th February at 12.45, the two take the reins for Arsenal's big clash away at Liverpool! Do join us for this nervy, top-4 encounter! Click HERE to join the Facebook event and get regular updates for this event!



Monday - 20/01/2014

The False Nine's Live Pubcast!

Our friends over at The False Nine joined us yesterday for our (and theirs!) first ever live audience podcast, or pubcast! The boys joined us for the Chelsea vs. Manchester United game, then popped upstairs to chat about the week with guests Musa Okwonga and James McNicholas. We had a lovely time, as did the audience - so a future pubcast looks on the cards. Throw a follow over to @IllustratedGame and @The_False_Nine for updates in that department!



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