Punch & Judy

40 The Market, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 8RF

Punch & Judy is a traditional British pub in Covent Garden Piazza serving great cask ales and freshly cooked traditional pub food.

This world famous pub is a landmark in its own right. Built in 1787, this pub was thought to be named after the puppet show performances that took place in the nearby piazza for the children of flower-sellers.

It is clear why a pub in London’s Covent Garden Piazza bears this name, for it was in Covent Garden that in May 1662 Samuel Pepys came to see the performance of ‘an Italian puppet play which is very pretty, the best I ever saw.’ This is the first record of a ‘Punch’ show in England; it was probably a novelty at the time.

Unfortunately Pepys does not describe the plot of the play he saw, but later in the seventeenth century there are references to the fights between Punch and his wife and to ‘a senseless dialogue between Punchinello and the Devil … through a tin speaker’.

The pub is a listed building, retaining much of the original ornate 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 balcony overlooks Covent Garden piazza and is the perfect place to sit and watch the various street performers.

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  • About the Punch & Judy

    Built in 1787, this pub was thought to be named after the puppet show performances that took place in the nearby piazza for the children of flower-sellers - Covent Garden originally being a flower market. This is a listed building and 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.

    This pub is 'world famous' and is located facing the west piazza and from this our balcony guests have the best view to watch the street performers.

    As a Taylor Walker pub, we are proud to offer freshly prepared British pub food and high quality drinks. With experienced and friendly staff, whether you are a cask ale fan, love a chilled glass of white wine or a freshly ground cup of coffee, we will serve you in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

    Join us for a classic British dish such as bangers and mash, a juicy rump steak burger and chips or a classic British roast seven days a week. Our pub food is freshly prepared and includes all your favourites. We also offer a range of sandwiches and wraps, all served by our welcoming and friendly team.

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    There are many local attractions close to the pub and these include:
    London's Transport Museum (0.09 miles)
    London Transport Museum (0.09 miles)
    Convent Garden (0.09 miles

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