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Covent Garden

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

Average User Rating

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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!

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.