Following on from Heather Jeffreys article on pub theatre in this months Ferment, we thought we’d compile a list of great pubs in Londons West End. Perfect for a pre or post theatre pint or even just a great pub crawl round on of the cities liveliest areas.
Punch & Judy, 40 Henrietta Street
A few minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station, this world famous pub landmark is a great start. A balcony from which you can watch all the street performers whilst sipping a traditional bottle of British ale or munching on a tasty pie.
Nearby Theatres – Theatre Royal, Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio Theatre
The Wellington, 351 The Strand
An Edwardian pub that takes its cask ale very seriously. Seasonal craft beers pulled from the tradition long wooden bar are matched by the lovely marble exterior and preserved ceilings. Not a bad place to take in a pint.
Nearby Theatres – Lyceum Theatre, Duchess Theatre, Savoy Theatre
The Harp, 47 Chandos Place
The first thing you’ll notice about this lively pub is the amazing collection of bar mats that cover above the bar and the walls. After that it’ll be the great real ale selection from the hand-pull taps. Many CAMRA awards have come this pubs way and it shows.
Nearby Theatres – English National Opera, The Duke of York’s Theatre, Garrick Theatre
The Lyric, 37 Great Windmill Street
In the vibrant Soho, this little Victorian pub is an absolute gem. A great and every changing selection is accompanied by friendly service. You can enjoy a tasty brew next to their fireplace.
Nearby Theatres – The Lyric Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Piccadilly Theatre
The Dog & Duck, 18 Bateman Street
The glazed tiles inside this picturesque Soho pub have apparently been graced by Madonna and George Orwell, so you’re already in good company. As it’s owned by the same group as the Wellington, the real ale selection is pretty hard to beat.
Nearby Theatres – Soho Theatre, Prince Edward Theatre, Palace Theatre
Belgo Centraal, 50 Earlham Street
Fancy being served by someone in a monks robe? Well, you get that in this bar-restaurant, as well as a wonderful selection of Belgian beers in the heart of the West End. You’ll have a difficult decision on your hands though… Over 60…
Nearby Theatres – Cambridge Theatre, Soho Comedy Club, Donmar Warehouse
The Craft Beer Co, 168 High Holborn
30 keg lines, 15 cask pumps and 200+ cans and bottles. This bar does exactly what it say on the tin. Only two years old this is the sixth Craft Beer Co bar and they know what they are doing. If you’re looking for a craft pint before the theatre – look no further.
Nearby Theatres – The Shaftesbury Theatre, Dynamite Comedy Club, New London Theatre
Lowlander Grand Cafe, 36 Drury Lane
Following the Belgian ‘Grand Cafe’ tradition, Lowlander offers a wide array of the great Belgian beers and on the famous Drury Lane. You can book a beer tasting session with one of their accredited sommeliers. There is also a good selection of wine – but why are you reading this list?
Nearby Theatres – New London Theatre, Royal Opera House,
We’ve created this handy map so you can see where all of our choices are. Or if you fancy the ultimate West End craft pub crawl we’ve even added in the directions (you’re very welcome).