The Red Lion, Kilburn High Road, Kilburn, London, NW6
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Whilst it may look like an ordinary closed-down pub, the Red Lion is actually one of the oldest buildings in Kilburn, and one of historical importance. First established in 1444, The Red Lion is thought to have originated on the grounds of the guest house (or hostium) which stood within the grounds of Kilburn Priory, home to hundreds of nuns until it was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1536.
Sadly, no evidence of the priory that stood in the heart of the area remains in Kilburn today. The Red Lion was a popular place for travellers to stop in the 18th Century, when getting out of the city to ‘take the waters’ was a popular pastime, and Kilburn Wells were established close by.
The Red Lion (which at the time of its closure was known as The Westbury) ceased to serve as a public house in 2012, but the building still stands, mounted by its striking red lion statue and commemorative plaque marking the year it was constructed. If you are in the Kilburn area, this fascinating site is well worth exploration.
Nearest Tube: Kilburn - 15 minutes walk
Nearest train – Kilburn High Road – 10 minutes walk
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