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The Golden Lion was "possibly" owned by a Mr Francis Jefferey at the time of Pepys's visit.

It may "possibly" be referred to as the Red Lion in the Strand in the 16th-century ballad "Bartholomew Fair" by Ben Jonson.

Source: “Taverns and Tokens of Pepys London” (1976) by George Berry, page 103,

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