Punch & Judy


Built in 1787, this pub was thought to be named after the puppet show performances that took place in the nearby piazza for the children of flower-sellers - Covent Garden originally being a flower market. This is a listed building and retains much of the original brick and stonework. It's known as being one of the very few buildings in the area that escaped bomb damage during the blitz.

This pub is 'world famous' and is located facing the west piazza and from this our balcony guests have the best view to watch the street performers.

As a Taylor Walker pub, we are proud to offer freshly prepared British pub food and high quality drinks. With experienced and friendly staff, whether you are a cask ale fan, love a chilled glass of white wine or a freshly ground cup of coffee, we will serve you in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Join us for a classic British dish such as hand battered cod, chips and mushy or garden peas, a juicy rump steak burger and chips or a roast of the day seven days a week. Our pub food is freshly prepared and includes all your favourites. We also offer a range of sandwiches and jacket potatoes, all served by our welcoming and friendly team.

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Venue Details & Map

Punch & Judy

40 The Market
Covent Garden Piazza
+44 (0)20 7379 0923
Public transport:
Covent Garden, Underground
Yelp Reviews

3.0 out of 5 based on 58 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Punch & Judy

2.0 out of 5 22 January 2016
by Virginia G.

Bad service with mediocre food. The location is great in the heart of Covent Garden and the interior is nice. We came for lunch and had the fish& chips as well as the "favorites platter" both of which we've had better. Never mind the fact that it took nearly 10 minutes to get the bartender to want to take our order at the bar and the subsequent 30 minutes of waiting for the food to arrive. The...more

3.0 out of 5 31 December 2015
by Carl G.

Very famous pub in central London. Know what you are getting yourself into - it will be mobbed, no matter when you go, you'll wait for a drink and pay more for it. Didn't try the food, but for drinks, it was appropriate.

Other than that - there is a reason it's so famous, great location, very cool balcony bar for people watching - and yes, there are always interesting people to...more

4.0 out of 5 29 December 2015
by Valex D.

I have to say that everytime I went there was only to have a pint or 2 with friends or family.

The place itself is very nice and sometimes too crowdy but its fine, you can't pretend to be alone in Covent Garden!

Good selection of beers and nice environment.

Recommended for drinks!more

3.0 out of 5 15 November 2015
by Daniel F.

Don't think you could find a more

Central pub than this. Right in the heart of Covent Garden.

What I love firstly is the name. No Dog & Bone...Red Lion...Kings Head...Queens Head....Golden Lion....insert other pub names of indistinct normality and cliché. This is THE Punch & Judy pub. Lovely.

Secondly you go in through a side

Entrance in the piazza. Then go up a stairs and into the bar. Now...more

1.0 out of 5 6 April 2015
by Aaron B.

Got myself intentionally a bit lost on a recent trip to London. Wound up at Covent Gardens and wandered into Punch & Judy hoping for a good pint and "The Best Fish & Chips in the City?" as the sign outside the dining room said--question mark and all. Didn't really work out for me.

I entered the dining room downstairs as directed by the signs. There was a stool free, so I grabbed that and sat...more

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