About Cock & Lion

Everything you’d expect from a great local pub

There is only one Cock & Lion in the whole of the United Kingdom, situated on one of London’s most historic sites. The area was settled in Roman times at the corner of Wigmore Street and Marylebone lane beside the old River Tyburn.

The origin of the pub’s unusual name is unclear; however, it may originate from cockfighting which was once popular in nearby Cavendish Square, and the Lion, the heraldic beast featured on the Westminster Coat of Arms.

The Tyburn Gallows were located at the junction of Oxford Street and Park Lane, modern day Marble Arch. This was a notorious place of execution the first one to be recorded was in 1196. More followed over the years which included the hanging of highwayman Jack Shepherd, when up to 200,000 people attended (1724).

During the 1400s, a church was built dedicated to Mary, known as St Mary la Bourne and over the years the name changed as people contracted the name St Mary la Borne to the more familiar Marylebone that is used today.

Whatever brings you here you will receive the warmest of welcomes in our beautiful, classic English pub.