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Nell of Old Drury

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Covent Garden
British, Pub
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29 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS, England
+44 20 7836 5328
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Atlanta, Georgia
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed November 10, 2016

Had some time to kill so stopped in for a pint. Decent old pub with a fine selection of draughts. No food. Good atmosphere. Near many theaters.

Thank bhedrock
Southampton, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed October 29, 2016

Directly opposite the theatre and so well placed for pre or post show drinks. Small inside and it was busy but it didn't take too long at all to be served and was able to find seats. Good atmosphere within a pub environment.

Thank _contact_clare
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

We were early to the theatre so popped into the pub. Quite a small pub but service was quick and we got seats. Drinks were normal London prices. Had a lot of character with lots of signed theatre posters.

Thank Brett F
Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

We visited for a quick pre-theatre drink, reasonable prices for London. (£18.50 for a bottle of Pinot Grigio) plenty of seating upstairs and was quiet for a Saturday afternoon

Thank splodge1987
Prague, Czech Republic
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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2016

We fancied a drink before going to the theatre . There are so many restaurants around theatre land but few pubs ,so Nells was a wecolm sight . What a mistake , empty , soulless . Unfriendly bar man . We ordered a N.Z Sauvignon blanc and pint of Guinness . The wine was not good but more shocking was... More 

Thank 817dave
Boulder, Colorado
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 11, 2016

My sister and I popped in for a quick drink prior to attending the theater. Had a fantastic day celebrating my birthday in central London. The young woman at the bar was not particularly friendly nor welcoming, but I ordered drinks anyway. As she prepared my gin and tonic, I asked her to please remove a couple of pieces of... More 

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Ely, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2016

Olde Worldie London pub. Not a bad atmosphere. Go onto the first floor and sit by the window and just people watch.

Thank bunkerman
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2015

Great place for a quick drink before the Theatre. Go to the first floor. Much more space and better atmosphere!

Thank TotoroGirl90
Tampa, Florida
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572 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

We came here for a quick drink before meeting friends for dinner. It was a busy Friday night but it did take quite a while to get a drink. Once we got it we went upstairs where there is more seating.

Thank StefJax
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2015

I wouldn't go here again, the landlord rather than give me the correct change just cheekily helped himself to a tip!!!!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighborhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7836 5328
We are a friendly traditional pub in covent garden. Our emphasis is on great atmosphere and good beer. Unfortunately we do not serve any food but if you're looking for a pre or post theatre drink, we can definitely offer you great service in little piece of local history.

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Staying in Covent Garden

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Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude 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 by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 

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