Nell of Old Drury

29 Catherine Street WC2B 5JS


The Nell has the look and feel you would expect from a traditional English pub. Situated across the street form the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, it has long associations with London's literary and theatrical community.

Ideal for pre/post theatre drinks if visiting the Theatre Royal. An interval drinks ordering service is also provided.

In addition a function room is available free of charge which can hold up to 50 people. To book, contact us on or ring us on 0207 836 5328 during opening hours.


The Nell of Old Drury is one of the oldest pubs in Covent Garden and has undergone a number of incarnations. An underground tunnel connects the pub and the Theatre Royal opposite which was allegedly used by Charles II when visiting Nell Gynne during the late 1600s.

The pub was originally called the Lamb but was re-named The Sir John Falstaff by the Victorians. During this period, pubs were often used as exhibition venues for what was considering exotic at the time. The Sir John Falstaff was host to such including a tattooed man from the South Seas and a Zulu warrior woman!
The present day Catherine Street is an amalgamation of what was Brydges Steet and Katherine Street. The pub's former address was 15 Brydges Street and was a regular for a number of the literary and theatrical figures over the centuries.

The pub was also a regular haunt of the market traders when the Covent Garden Fruit and Veg market was still in existence. It even made a cameo appearance in the Hitchcock movie 'Frenzy', which was set in the area.


The Nell of Old Drury is situated directly opposite the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Catherine Street and is a short walk from Covent Garden or Leicester Square tube.

The Nell is also quite close to other theatres in the area such as The Duchess, The Strand, The Aldwych and The Fortune.

Tel: 0207 836 5328
Fax: 0207 240 4937

Opening Hours
Mon - Wed : 17:00 - 23:30
Thur: 12:30 - 2:30 / 17:00 - 23:30
Fri: 12:30 - 2:30 / 17:00 - 23:30
Sat: 12:30 - 00:00


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