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Punch & Judy (Bar)

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40 The Market Place, West End, London, WC2 8RB
Cuisine: Eclectic
Tel: 020 7379 0923 | Transport: Covent Garden | Write review

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Situated right in the middle of the piazza at Covent Garden, The Punch and Judy pub is a great place to stop off for a pint on a day, or night, when there is no rain.

This is because of the balcony that overlooks St Martin's Church and everyone who wanders through the square.

From up on this small roof terrace you have a great vantage point for a spectacular game of people watching.

You also get a free view of all the street performers down below.

We'd suggest choosing this pub if you are either stopping off for a short rest whilst shopping around the West End, or if you're meeting

someone after work, perhaps for a Tinder date or for centrally-located pub option when you and a mate live in opposite directions.

The inside of the small bar does tend to feel a bit barren early in the day, but soon fills up and the atmosphere is cracking when there's a live act on.

You will, of course, be paying the usual tourist prices because of the area, but if you are only stopping for a couple it won't hurt too much. more

Customer Reviews for Punch & Judy

Average (based on 5 votes): 5 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Excellent tradtional London pub - great meeting place. Always full of people out for a drink (funilly enough!) Just off there for a couple of pints prior to a rock concert at Astoria 2”
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Andrew Brook, Twickenham (13 years 4 months 25 days ago)

“We stopped in London for a day enroute from the U.S. to Spain while starting on our 25th wedding anniversary trip. We had an afternoon and evening to spare so we took the tube to Covent Garden walked about a bit and then came across Punch & Judy. We felt quite welcome by the staff and locals and enjoyed the food and beer. Even though it was quite brisk outdoors (although locals looked at us as though we did not appreciate balmy weather) we appreciated the warmth offered by P&J.”
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Dave Ryan, Phoenix (14 years 4 months 19 days ago)

“I've been to this bar a few times and enjoyed the atmosphere, however what i do regret is waiting 1/2 hour for a pint due to not enough staff rostered on... which then makes the prices seem overinflated.”
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GWILYM REES, London (16 years 9 months 7 days ago)

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“Well, really who has been to London and hasn't been here? It's a great pub, but seems to be chockablock full of tourists! I prefered the basement bar - nice vibe and friendly barstaff.”
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Melrond the Magnificent Gerbil Tamer, London (17 years 1 months 15 days ago)

“Although it's not the most exciting pub in the West End, The Punch and Judy is an essential part of any visit to Covent Garden. The upstairs balcony can't be beaten for feel good chilled out atmosphere in summer, and the whole place always feels welcoming and refreshingly unpretentious. The two downers are the tourist prices and overcrowding at weekends. Great place to visit on a lazy sunday afternoon. ”
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Mark100, London (18 years 12 days ago)

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  • Cuisine Type: Eclectic
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
  • Group: (Unknown)


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