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Covent Garden pubs

In need of a refreshing pint in the middle of town? Check out the best pubs in Covent Garden

By Laura Richards
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Covent Garden boasts an array of pubs ranging from traditional taverns to modern and flashy temples to craft beer. The area is home to one of London’s oldest pubs, too. While pubs in other London neighbourhoods come and go, you’ll find many of the boozers in this list are mainstays within the capital’s drinking scene – from the trusty Harp to knick-knack-filled Cross Keys. Navigate them all with our list of WC2’s best watering holes.

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The best pubs in Covent Garden

Craft Beer Company

Bars and pubs Breweries Covent Garden

A bar chain that helped put ‘craft beer’ on everyone’s lips both literally and figuratively, the Covent Garden branch is the one with the widest selection of brews from around the world. With 30 keg lines and 15 cask pumps, as well as the typically astounding selection by the bottle, you should probably arrive thirsty and curious.

Cross Keys

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Pubs Covent Garden

You’ll always spy a smoking-and-drinking crowd at the foot of this pub on the pavement, such is its popularity. Peek inside the flower-fringed window to see a cosy, age-old pub decked out in ancient copper utensils and with a line-up of mass-produced ales and lagers. One of the most perfectly English experiences you’ll get in the West End.

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The Harp

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Pubs Covent Garden

Despite being taken over by Fuller’s, The Harp is still recognised as a real ale haven bang in the middle of town. Stumble up from Trafalgar Square and find its pretty stained-glass exterior. It’s like a church for ale-ficionados, who say praise to those pints as well as interesting ciders and perries.

Lamb & Flag

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Pubs Covent Garden

This alleyway has seen some sights over the years – the pub once hosted bare-knuckle-fights – but the most you get these days at one of London’s oldest pubs is puzzled tourists sipping pints of Bombardier. The Lamb & Flag is a traditional place for lager and a ploughman’s lunch and is perfectly tucked away from the lost crowds near Leicester Square.

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Mr Fogg's Tavern

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Pubs Covent Garden

A poshed-up take on a traditional West End pub, Mr Fogg’s Tavern is decked with flowers on the outside and strewn with bunting indoors. Expect hefty sandwiches and way more than a warm pint of ale, with punches and wines dominating the drinks list. Fancy.

Lowlander

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Covent Garden

If you’re not after the trad pub experience in the centre of town, come over all continental at Lowlander, a brightly logoed and Benelux-themed beer bar. Chow down on mussels and drink Dutch and Belgian beer options from 15 taps served in half-pint measures of two-pint jugs.

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The Porterhouse

Bars and pubs Covent Garden

This gleaming hostelry with a busy terrace does a fine line in international beers and hearty fare. Underpinning it all are draught stouts and ales shipped over from Dublin parent company Porterhouse Brewing Company. So you can have a bit of the craic in the middle of Covent Garden.

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