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 48 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Punch & Judy

1.0 out of 5 3 January 2015
by Nikki L.

VILE. I would give this place zero stars if I could. Where to start?

1. False advertising: We went there because there were signs and pix advertising traditional fish and chips. Sat down to order and guess what is NOT on the menu?

2. Communication - It seems none of the waitresses speak much English. It was hard to order and ask questions.

3. Bathrooms - Moldy and hideous. I had to hold my...more

4.0 out of 5 24 December 2014
by Liz O.

Punch & Judy's looks to be a memorable spot for nightly outings with friends for some drinks! I happened to come in on the afternoon, where the action was a little less lively. That said, the cider glass that I ordered was HUGE and delicious!!

Everything that was ordered (sandwiches, soups, etc.) was served in decent portions and actually good food!

The server here was friendly too,...more

2.0 out of 5 30 September 2014
by Em L.


We had our first meal here. A place that can't get even the fish and chip right. I guess we weren't so lucky when it comes to our first meal in London. The girl that took our order didn't really understand English (no offense). I asked for hot water and she thought I said wi-fi. Eh...ok lady. So I repeated, hot water. And she wasn't able to understand what that was. Never mind. She...more

5.0 out of 5 1 July 2014
by Jennifer S.

How have I never reviewed the Punch & Judy. Literally the first bar in London I have ever drank in. My first London pub experience feeling like a hundred years ago. Back when they sold Beemish Stout. Yum. No longer sold here sadly.

Recently coming back here on my last trip to London just reminded me of my first experiences of London when I would frequent here often.

I love the old feeling...more

3.0 out of 5 7 August 2013
by Iris F.

If you are looking for international (European) lagers, I guess this is the place for you. But if you came here for great British beer, tough luck - go elsewhere. Poor selection of good draughts.

Few ales, pales and IPAs.

Cool balcony

Super cozy downstairs.

Outdoor seating.

Food is OK, crowded all the time so you are lucky if you get a seat. I wouldn't go the extra mile though.

I can see...more

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