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Covent Garden pub and bar guide

Here's a guide to the pubs and bars of Covent Garden - good or bad, we bring you the most talked about venues and the places you have to visit at least once. We've included a few user reviews, to give you an idea of what to expect when you get there. Or you can follow the links to see full details and all reviews for each pub.

The Harp, Covent Garden

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Address: 47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HS
Phone: 02078360291
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Nearest tube stations: Charing Cross (0.1 miles), Leicester Square (0.2 miles), Embankment (0.2 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles), London Waterloo (0.8 miles), London Waterloo East (0.8 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Been here quite a lot of late. Still the best pub in London. Great service. Great beers. Will be back again soon.
3 Dec 2013 13:59
An incredibly interesting narrow little pub with an equally incredible selection of beers. I was here in the afternoon a couple of Saturdays ago and even then it was very busy but still got speedy service from the bar.
16 Nov 2013 18:44
Dropped in for a quick pint yesterday, an all to brief stay. Wide range of beers on offer, I opted for an excellent pint of Dark Star APA. Get there early to get a seat, very busy popular pub.
21 Sep 2013 09:08

The Cross Keys, Covent Garden

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Address: 31, Endell St, London, WC2H 9EB
Phone: 020 7836 5185
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Nearest tube stations: Covent Garden (0.1 miles), Leicester Square (0.3 miles), Holborn (0.3 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.5 miles), City Thameslink (1 mile), London Waterloo (1 mile)


Reviews by BITE users:

I do like Brodies beers although some of the tastes are a bit powerful. Anyway the pub is a great place. Be prepared for a bit of elbow work to get to the bar but with ale in hand soak up the atmosphere.
17 Mar 2013 22:27
Great pub in a good location. It's just far enough from the madding crowd to be relatively tourist free. Sadly, I don't like Brodie's beers. I've tried hard and I don't think it's the way the pub keeps them because they're always clear and well presented. I just can't make myself like them.

Shame because otherwise I'm very happy to drink here.
28 Feb 2013 13:32
Comfortable and friendly pub to provide the Harp (Chandos Place) with some competition - very good and well-kept range of Brodies beers and good service. As with several of the better city centre bars, both gains and suffers from being small - makes for a splendid atmosphere but soon gets crowded
18 Feb 2013 00:52

The Porterhouse, Covent Garden

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Address: 21-22 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7NA
Phone: 020 7379 7917
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Nearest tube stations: Covent Garden (0.2 miles), Charing Cross (0.2 miles), Embankment (0.2 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.2 miles), London Waterloo (0.7 miles), London Waterloo East (0.7 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Met an old mate here yesterday at 3pm. Not Surprisingly not as ram packed as others have said though by 7pm when we left it was busy. Nice Porter, Oyster Stout and Red. Staff efficient and friendly. Far worse pubs to converge on in central London.
17 Dec 2013 12:11
Gigantic craft beer pub serving a mixture of tourists and after work drinkers mainly. Good selection of bottled beers, albeit pricey, and a great place to bring a large group of people given its size. Huge smoking area/beer garden outside. Staff friendly and efficient although this is a hugely popular pub so waiting times can be long even with the 3/4 bar areas they have.
7 Oct 2013 02:50
Trying hard to seem authentic old style pub and nearly pulls it off. Decent ales, ambient lighting, plenty of nooks and tables to hide away in. Worth a visit for a pint of porter.
14 Aug 2013 19:49

The Lamb and Flag, Covent Garden

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Address: 33, Rose St, London, WC2E 9EB
Phone: 020 7497 9504
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Nearest tube stations: Covent Garden (0.1 miles), Leicester Square (0.1 miles), Charing Cross (0.3 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.3 miles), London Waterloo (0.9 miles), London Waterloo East (0.9 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

The toilets are fine, so if there is a smell it must be the drains. Report it to City of Westminster or Thames Water.
26 Sep 2013 19:30
Haven't been in for quite a while but earlier in the week I was in the area and dropped in. Still an excellent selection of beers, quick staff and an interesting range of clientele but - great news - THE SMELL HAS FINALLY GONE!! Back amongst my favourites.
14 Jun 2013 17:50
A regular stopping off point for years now, this pub is a handy fall back due to the sheer appallingness of most Covent Garden pubs and although it gets crowded, still oozes tradition, There is a contrast between the mainly standing room only downstairs bar and the airiness of the upstairs. Fascinating etchings and other examples of draughtmanship pepper the walls.
16 Mar 2013 07:07

The Nell Gwynne, Covent Garden

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Address: 2 Bull Inn Court, London, WC2R 0NP
Phone: 020 7240 5579
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Nearest tube stations: Covent Garden (0.2 miles), Charing Cross (0.2 miles), Leicester Square (0.2 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.2 miles), London Waterloo (0.7 miles), London Waterloo East (0.7 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

One of London’s hidden gems, the Nell is a small but homely boozer tucked down an alley off The Strand. Blink and you could miss it. This pub is always dimly lit inside, which I like because I always feel I look better in the dark. Usually three or four decent ales on tap - on my visit they had St Austell’s Tribute, Bombardier and Deuchars IPA. Get’s busy on nice evenings when the work crowd spills out into the alley for a pint and a puff. Be careful when heading to and from the loo, the staircase is just as tricky as the North Face of the Eiger.
16 Apr 2013 11:54
Can't believe I have never been here before! Cute compact London-style pub down an alley. Friendly atmosphere and not too touristy considering its location.
21 Mar 2013 19:04
My wife and I used to frequently visit this pub when we were in town with it's prefect location tucked away on the Strand and it's friendly bar staff always making it an enjoyable experience. However my last visit wasn't nearly as pleasant I was in on Saturday for a quick drink with my wife before going to see a show and we were shocked and appalled by the way the manager (I assume) was shouting at one of his staff behind the bar. From what we heard it sounded like an airing of dirty laundry rather than anything to do with the pub. Regardless of the issue it was iannpappropriate to use such an aggressive tone and such vile language. Needless to say the bar maid walked out after his tirade (good on her.) We left shortly after as we felt so uncomfortable as did many otehr customers. It is unacceptable for a manager to treat his staff with such little respect in any environment, especially in front of paying customers. We will not be returning anytime soon.
18 Mar 2013 20:31

The Marquess of Anglesey, Covent Garden

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Address: 39 Bow Street, London, WC2E 7AU
Phone: 020 7240 3216
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Nearest tube stations: Covent Garden (0.1 miles), Holborn (0.3 miles), Leicester Square (0.3 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.4 miles), London Waterloo East (0.8 miles), London Waterloo (0.8 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

I likewise used to visit this pub in the 80s when it was a proper local boozer. Unfortunately Young's gave it one of their make-overs and turned it into a grim, noisy bar as opposed to a pub. I no longer recommend it.
10 Jun 2013 23:39
I used to go to this pub a lot in the 1980s when I worked nearby. It used to be a classic Young's pub but like them all its had a number of makeovers, most of them for the worse. This one has high stools and high tables, which I hate. Normal Young's range and I drank the ordinary, which was in good condition. The prices were reasonable for the area. Pleasant enough place to stop for an afternoon pint but it gets packed in the evenings.
15 May 2013 07:15
Popped into the Marquess yesterday for a quick half! Nice looking pub, on corner of Bow Street (..world famous for the 'cop shop' & court house!) Clean&tidy, plenty of windows to sit and watch London go by! A pint of ale and one G+T cost just over Ten Quid...!! Extortionate! So we went to The Chandos, 10 minutes walk away, and got 4 x drinks for same price. :o)
18 Apr 2013 17:18

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