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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

Punch & Judy Review

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Stuck in the heart of Covent Garden, the best thing about this place is it's location, a small bar with little in the way of seating and (in our humble opinion) apalling taste in artwork.

Having said all this you get the feeling you aren't supposed to be sitting down. The Balcony overlooks St Martins church where on a summers day you've got the best seats in the house for the street performances.

Inside does tend to feel a bit barren early on, 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, but if you are only stopping for a couple it won't hurt too much.

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 (11 years 9 months 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 (12 years 8 months 24 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 (15 years 1 months 12 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 (15 years 5 months 20 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 (16 years 4 months 17 days ago)

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


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