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Punch & Judy

#8,142 of 18,283 Restaurants in London}
₹₹ - ₹₹₹, British,
Covent Garden Piazza | Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RF, England
+44 20 7379 0923
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  • Excellent14%
  • Very good30%
  • Average19%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible21%
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11:00 - 23:00All hours
Bar, British, Pub
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Covent Garden Piazza | Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RF, England
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1 - 10 of 601 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Worst overpriced meal we have had in 6 months of traveling.flat beer and warm unfresh food.staff couldn't of cared less

Review collected in partnership with Greene King
Thank 490neales
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This bar is in a great location in the centre of Covent Garden. Has an upstairs and basement (no ground floor level) The upstairs has a large balcony overlooking part of Covent Garden Only got drinks but everything served in plastic glasses except wine Atmosphere...More

Thank Peter W
Reviewed 5 days ago

Food is usually good here but the staff were sullen, miserable and uncooperative. It made a hoped for evening a frustrating occasion.

Review collected in partnership with Greene King
Thank T873QYpauld
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We stopped for a spot of lunch , I went for the ultimate fish and chips served with peas and curry sauce , it was excellent . Great selection of vodkas , rums , whisky's and beer. Quick service in a nice setting in the...More

Thank SimonEllis1971
PunchandJudy1, Manager at Punch & Judy, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Simon Thank you for you kind words We are glad you enjoyed your visit at Punch Hope to see you soon in a near future

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good view of the street entertainers from the first floor balcony or you can find a space and it's where all the smokers go. Very busy and drinks served in plastic cups. Over £6 for a gin and tonic.

Thank Sue W
1201_anna, Front Office Manager at Punch & Judy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Sue for taking time to write the review. We appreciate it. Sorry to hear you didn't have a great time. Unfortunately, plastic cups are required by licensing conditions due to safety reasons, hope you understand. Hope you will visit us again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

lovely place to have a drink and bite to eat, in the heart of Covent garden, love sitting in balcony watching the street entertainers

Thank _ukchris1961
1201_anna, Front Office Manager at Punch & Judy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you a lot for great comments! Really happy you had a great time at Punch & Judy. Hope to see you soon again!!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great location, always packed, been here many times, the balcony is great as you can sit and drink and watch the street entertainers. BUT, at £7 a pint in a plastic cup ? you really are paying for it, we had lunch downstairs and...More

Thank Dominic W
CathrynE75, Guest Relations Manager at Punch & Judy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Dominic for taking the time to write us a review. We are glad you enjoyed your time on the famous Punch and Judy balcony! We hope you will visit us again soon as our new Autumn/Winter menu will be launching in October! Cat,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome pub in the heart of Covent Garden. Fabulous balcony to watch the street entertainment from. Friendly staff and good cider.

Thank AmeliaF1979
CathrynE75, Guest Relations Manager at Punch & Judy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your great little review Amelia! We are really proud of our team here as they work really hard! We hope you will visit again soon! Cat, Guest Experience Manager

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great location and drinks ok. Not a fan of plastics cups but the view was good and it wasn't over crowded on a Saturday night.More

Thank JerseyDen
CathrynE75, Guest Relations Manager at Punch & Judy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review- unfortunately our licensing agreement with Westminster council stipulates that we are only allowed to use plastic glasses on the balcony for safety reasons. We hope you understand. We do agree with you that the views are fantastic though- we hope...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst on a day trip to the big Smoke we were looking for a place to eat with a menu that we could both choose something from after looking at several menus each being rebuffed by my travel companion! We settled on the Punch &...More

Thank Mike G
CathrynE75, Guest Relations Manager at Punch & Judy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Mike for your kind review! We're glad you enjoyed the food and we're very sorry you had to cut your trip short due to the noise- something we unfortunately have no control over! We do hope you will both come back when next...More

Covent Garden
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of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or
simply to be among the multitude of people who pass
through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking
up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around
Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the
opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters
here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated
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Questions & Answers
15 January 2017|
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Response from Derek A | Reviewed this property |
Usually there is something going on but off season it may not be as steady , except for weekends .
Nicholas R
7 December 2015|
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Response from Kari H | Reviewed this property |
I don't quite understand the criticism. If you want a gourmet dinner, go elsewhere (P & J serves lovely English pub food if you like that sort of thing). Punch & Judy is one of the best pubs in London.
Margaret B
2 May 2015|
Response from perrin92 |
Hi kids are allowed in the lower ground floor sunday - thursday 11:00am until 11pm Friday and Saturday is 11:00 am until 6:00pm unfortunately children are not allowed in the upstairs bar we apologize for and inconvenience
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 9 - US$ 20
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Covent Garden Piazza | Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7379 0923
  • E-mail
The Punch & Judy is a world famous pub landmark in its own right and is thought to be named after the puppet show performances that took place in the nearby piazza for the children of flower-sellers.
Built in 1787, this listed building 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. The pub is located facing the west piazza and from this balcony our guests have the best view to watch the street performers.
It is clear why a pub in London’s Covent Garden Piazza bears this name, for it was here in May 1662 that Samuel Pepys came to see the performance of an Italian puppet play. This is the first record of a ‘Punch’ show in England and would have been a novelty at the time.
The Punch & Judy serves fantastic British cask ales, selected wines and premium spirits as well as traditional British pub food such as fish & chips and steak & ale pie.
The team look forward to your visit!
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