Bars and pubs , Pubs Covent Garden
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The colourful windows on the front of this unsuspecting boozer bring to mind the stained glass of a church. Coincidence? We don't think so. Inside, the Harp is a shrine for beer buffs, spread across two narrow floors and invariably rammed with punters. This often makes the place appear smaller than it actually is, but squeeze past the crowds and you'll find there's plenty of space to sit and sip while marvelling at the impressive collage of beer badges stuck above the bar.

The range of ciders and ales on offer here is outstanding and the prices are blissfully low, both of which have helped to cement the Harp's reputation as a destination for true ale-ficienados. And it's not just us who thinks so: Camra named this place National Pub of the Year in 2011. Amen to that.

Venue name: Harp
Address: 47 Chandos Place
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon; 11am-11.30pm Tue-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Charing Cross tube/rail
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Staff Writer

Awesome find. Nice alley out back to drink in too. An overwhelming amount of beer pump covers above the bar. Huge selection of beers and ciders. Enjoyed a few pints of Cornish Orchard!

Zoe B

A real friendly 'local' place to have a drink and catch up. A very busy bar in the evenings especially Thurs/Friday/Saturday nights. Staff are friendly, efficient and no one has to wait long even though the bar space is tiny. Beers are well looked after and plenty to choose from!

Dominic P

The locals 'local' bar none, Sarah Bird of Fuller's has taken on Binnie's mantle and whilst change is inevitable it is evolutionary and sensitive. At heart of any pub is the attitude and commitment of the person in charge: this permeates the whole crew and team, quality of service and products. The real ales are exceptionally well kept, with Karl and Sarah keeping a close eye on he cellar. Choice, variety and change as well as experimentation remain vigorous and exciting. Whilst it's no longer a largely all-woman crew, the warmth and friendliness of the welcome remain the same. Whether you are a small party, by yourself, young, old, male or female, the Harp embraces you all - for a snack, a glass of wine, real ale or cider, or a short, and a quiet read in he corner, or to relax in the non smoking smoking lounge upstairs (now more prosaically additional seating). And full marks for the improved toilets tho' they will always be a long haul up that mountain.


A wonderful haven in a sea of tourist traps in Central London. Amazing beer selection and even better outdoor drinking spot. Great place to go before a show or if sick of navigating through tourists in Trafalgar Square. 

Staff Writer

If you're into your ales this is the place for you. Fantastic selection and knowledgeable staff. Little space inside but everyone congregates on the pavement of fairly quiet back streets. Also close to the station so ideal for that quick pint on the way home.

Brendan H

No longer an Irish bar. Now run by Fullers and most of the friendly staff have now gone. 

Not what it used to be. We miss you Biddy.


Definitely one of the best pubs in London. Huge selection of beers and uber-friendly staff (the guy even started giving me advice about University!), lovely crowd cheering on the lower floor and a more silent, relaxing atmosphere upstairs, where only few tables are available. Oh, and don't miss the details that make the Harp fascinating: paintings on every inch of the walls, coaster glued as decorations on the counter, dark wood, beautiful coloured windows and gorgeous flowers that welcome you when you open the door. Me and my partner stumbled in this magic place by chance, after seeking with no luck for a day seat at one of the nearby theatres, and were easily relieved of our pains by two pints of good ol' Guinness. Worth a visit, then two, then who knows, it may become one of your favourite spots in Central London.

Finton Stack

Absolutely fantastic pub, definitely my favourite in Central London and probably second only to the Southampton Arms in Gospel Oak as my favourite in the entire city. Fantastic atmosphere, wide range of real ales (including regulars from Dark Star), one of the best cider ranges in London, and very reasonably priced as far as Covent Garden ever goes (£3.45-£3.65 per pint). The only downside is that it can get extremely busy from five to seven, but that's a badge of its quality.