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 65 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Punch & Judy

1.0 out of 5 28 May 2016
by Ethan G.


Took 15 mins to get served and the staff kept ignoring us and serving people who arrived after us first.

When we finally got served, the staff were very unfriendly and their attitude was APPAULING. The staff really need to fix their attitude because this was disgusting.

Our food took 30 MINS to arrive and all we ordered was chips and it wasn't even that busy. Food was overpriced...more

1.0 out of 5 24 May 2016
by Bianca W.

Ugh, terrible experience here.

It's really dark and dingy inside, though there is some comfy seating in the corners here and there, most seating consists of high, wobbly tables with bar stools.

It took a while to wait at the bar to order, there definitely wasn't enough staff though it didn't seem very busy. I finally ordered and somehow the bartender "misheard" diet coke for lager and got...more

2.0 out of 5 26 April 2016
by Morris N.

We sat inside for dinner. You seat yourself but you have to order your food/drinks at the bar which isn't obvious. Once you order, they will give you your drink however will bring your food to your table. The service was absent so I give it 1.5 stars. I had the steak and ale pie which was reasonably priced and surprisingly very good. They also ran out of a 2 of 3 beers I wanted to try. 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

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