Lion Coffee + Records is the brainchild of husband and wife uber team Mairead and Chris Hayden.
Mairead managed Florence + The Machine from her discovery to 2017, eleven years at the helm driving her global success; she also owns indie labels Luv Luv Luv (Splashh // Gabriel Bruce // The Garden // Catholic Action) Hate Hate Hate (Fat White Family // The Wytches //) and now co-owns Plan A Management with friend Clare Britt and together manage artists Whenyoung, Oscar Scheller & Husky Loops.
Chris, having studied production and playing drums since the age of 4 was drafted in as the live heartbeat of Florence + The Machine and that, dear reader, is how they met. Chris is now a successful record producer and MD and also drums for Saint Leonard's Horses.
No strangers to rock n roll, hard work or success, Lion was their first foray into a new business strand together. They envisioned Lion not only as a place to hang out, drink the best coffee and browse vinyl, but to capture the very essence of musicianship by hosting intimate performances and bespoke launch events in keeping with the pairs life long love of music.
The shop interior has been designed to create a relaxing chill out vibe by day with handcrafted wood record shelves, overseen by Chris (occasionally busting out the hammer and nails himself). Lion also has a jewel of a cocktail bar nestled at the back, where the volume and vibe dials up at night, and themed cocktail nights run along side private hire parties and album launches.
Our coffee is sourced from Allpress which every member of staff has been trained on there barista course
Mairead and Chris are based between Clapton and Margate along with son Arlo Lion (who Lion Records is named after) and dog Valentine.