The Golden Lion, Fulham
Former Patrons of the Golden Lion are said to have included Shakespeare, Fletcher & Edward Bonner, Bishop of London, the original premises having been demolished and rebuilt in 1836. In the 1970s the pub became known as a rock music venue and was a meeting place for Led Zeppelin (maybe the Bishop was inspiration for their song ‘Houses of the Holy’!). Its former prominent male patrons led us to a traditional club type feel for the interior, with a contemporary twist.
No quarter was given in the decision to remove the large ‘enclosed’ overbar resulting in a vastly improved feeling of space. A replacement over bar has been installed featuring a blackened metal steel framework incorporating new glass shelving to house spirits / wines. Warm White almost gold LED lighting features to the framework providing glitter & sparkle to the glassware and bottles. We also reconfigured the bar dispense area which now works much more efficiently.
New feature dining booths have been formed within the rear area with dedicated TVs, allowing small parties to enjoy sports in a more private environment. The booths have bespoke wallpaper above illustrating antique glasses and lightfittings with the line-work picked out in orange, matching the bar & fixed seating below.
You won’t find any Kashmir here, only beautifully aged leather upholstery in reds, tans & mustards which all add to the traditional feel & club concept. ‘Used’ leather straps also feature in the light fittings.
As a contrast new feature wall panelling has been incorporated and picked out in a vibrant teal colour.
The artwork has connections to the local area and ,of course, Fulham football club. Old cigar moulds have been used as 3D artwork.
Textured materials have been used throughout such as ‘London inspired’ brick slips & white textured tiles, softened by a contrasting grout and faux planting throughout.
As customers ramble on to the rear beer garden, new feature tiling laid in a bespoke pattern guides their way.
We have converted the bland, rather stark enclosed courtyard into a fun, playful new beer garden with feature dining huts to the raised-deck area. A new pergola has been formed with bench seating and festoon lighting now enhances the evening experience.
The front elevations have received new mid-blue Heritage colour decorations together with mustard yellow tiled panels and a new large corner sign to the upper storeys, giving the premises a fresh prominent new look.
The pub looks particularly beguiling in the evening when the blue twighlight contrasts with the warmth of the cosy interior. There’s no doubt that JMDA gave this project a whole lot of love and we are proud that this is reflected in a stunning transformation of this great little venue which is sure to bring people from over the hills and far away.