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Nell of Old Drury

29 Catherine Street
Covent Garden

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Opening Times


Monday5.00 pm - 11.30 pm
Tuesday5.00 pm - 11.30 pm
Wednesday5.00 pm - 11.30 pm
Thursday12.30 pm - 2.30 pm
5.00 pm - 11.30 pm
Friday12.30 pm - 2.30 pm
5.00 pm - 11.30 pm
Saturday12.30 pm - Midnight

About the Pub

Post-lockdown at end-June 2021 this site is offering bottled beers only. When the theatre oppposite reopens it is hoped beers will be back to normal. Previous description follows.

Small cosy pub opposite the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Licensed in 1835 as the Sir John Falstaff and rebuilt in 1883. Renamed by 1965 after the orange seller and mistress of King Charles II, Eleanor "Nell" Gwyn, reputedly born in a coalyard in Drury Lane. She was witty, shrewd, saucy and sexy, and a magnet for the period's alpha male, Charles II. A tunnel used by the king to visit Nell is reputed to link the pub and the theatre.

The present-day clientele is a mix of locals, tourists, after-work drinkers and, of course, theatregoers (who need to cross the road, since the tunnel cannot be found!); there is an interval drinks service available for the latter. The first floor offers extra seating and can be hired as a function room. If you are lucky, you may be able to bag the ground-floor bow window seats overlooking Catherine Street.

Please note: no sports colours or large groups encouraged - it's a very small pub!

Historic Interest

The pub featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1972 film “Frenzy”, along with evocative scenes of the old Covent Garden fruit & veg market which moved a couple of years later.

Regular cask ales

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Changing cask ales

This pub serves 2 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Fuller's London Pride
  • Sharp's Atlantic

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available


  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • Events Events

    Comedy some nights.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room


  • Newspapers Newspapers

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Nell of Old Drury

29 Catherine Street
Covent Garden

Sat Nav Reference

51.512624, -0.120564


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station
  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Nearby Bus Routes (150m)


Nearby Station (750m)

London Charing Cross

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (330m)

Covent Garden

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Nell of Old Drury WC2

Nell of Old Drury

29 Catherine Street
Covent Garden

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Dog Friendly
  • Events
  • Function Room
  • Newspapers
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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