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
Book a taxi on +44 (0)844 556 0706 or with London's biggest car service app
Yelp Reviews

3 out of 5 based on 53 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Punch & Judy

4.0 out of 5 13 August 2015
by Hope C.

So, 4 stars for the view, location and the scene. As far as drinks and service go, it's pretty average. I celebrated the advent of my 18th birthday on the balcony of Punch and Judy, sipping down Pimms, watching the hustle-bustle of the entertainers in the square below. I also spent a few lovely afternoons near my 30th birthday doing the same thing. This pub is simply an institution, and is...more

3.0 out of 5 3 August 2015
by Kevin C.

I'd love to give this a 4 but the fact you have to pay up before you receive your food was pretty surprising. The food (fish & chips, steak pie) was really good. Beer was on the expensive side, even for London (a pint of Guinness cost over £5). I'd be willing to go again next time we're in Covent Garden.more

5.0 out of 5 2 May 2015
by Monique E.

My friend and I came here as our last meal before we left London, after walking around for a while wondering what we fancied, we decided good old pub gub was the way to go.

We went in and found it rather dark however it was very cosy and friendly, while the only issue was that the tables and seats were fairly close but it was easily overlooked by everything else.

My friend went for her...more

3.0 out of 5 15 April 2015
by Jonathan V.

Average pub...

Well located with a small balcony giving some outside space. Good vibe with friendly staff just not very many... Only bother if you are desperate and the sun is shining as there is many better places...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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