Golden Lion

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The Golden Lion, Dean Street
In 1976 Gay News listed only two gay bars (the A&B and the Golden Lion) in the whole of Soho.[1]

Mr George Lucas was a regular customer when the pub was also associated with rent boys in the 20th century. [2] In November 1987 a gay teacher, John Carbery, aged 53, was attacked outside the pub. He later died as a result of his injuries. Two young men, believed to be rent boys, were charged with causing his death [3]. See Timeline of West End Bars and Clubs.


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  2. Facebook account for Mr George Lucas born 1926, died 2014. He left detailed diaries to Hugo Greenhalgh.
  3. The Pink Paper 21 Jan 1988. An explosion in the toilets of the pub in November 1987 was also reported in The Pink Paper 12 Nov 1987