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Nell of Old Drury

29 Catherine Street
Covent Garden

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Opening Times


Monday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - Midnight
Saturday11.00 am - Midnight
Sunday11.00 am - 11.00 pm


Stonegate (formerly Ei Group)

About the Pub

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!

As at November 2021 planning app 21/06477/FULL "Construction of fourth floor roof extension and use of second, third and fourth floors as two residential flats (1x 1 bed and 1 x 2 bed flats) and associated external alterations" has been permitted,

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 ales

This pub serves 3 regular beers.

  • Sambrook's Wandle
  • Sharp's Doom Bar
  • St Austell Proper Job

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available


  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • Events Events

    Comedy some nights.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room


  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • WiFi Wifi

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Nell of Old Drury

29 Catherine Street
Covent Garden

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51.512624, -0.120564


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Nearby Bus Routes (150m)


Nearby Station (600m)

London Charing Cross

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (330m)

Covent Garden

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Nell of Old Drury

29 Catherine Street
Covent Garden

Pub Features

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

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