Nell Gwynne Tavern, Covent Garden, London

Nell Gwynne Tavern

2 Bull Inn Court, Strand  Covent Garden


There’s been a pub on the site of The Nell Gwynne Tavern since the early 1600’s. Originally called The Bull Inn, the alleyway it sits in is now eponymously named Bull Inn Court. You will find The Nell Gwynne tucked just off the Strand, at the bottom of Covent Garden.

One of London’s oldest pubs, The Nell Gwynne was named after Eleanor ‘Nell’ Gwynne. Originally a fruit seller in Covent Garden, she later became one of the first female actors performing in the West End. It was here that she made a favourable impression on the then regent King Charles ll; later becoming his mistress and mother to two of his children. Famed for her humour, Samuel Pepys described here as ‘pretty, witty Nell’.

The pub today is one of the few remaining authentic Free Houses in central London. If you visit you will find a pub that’s maintained it’s history, charm and very steep stairs to the toilets.




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Bar Food: English Pub Fayre
Times: Mon-Sat: 11:00am-11:00pm
Sun: 12pm-10:30pm
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Nell Gwynne Tavern
2 Bull Inn Court, Strand
Covent Garden
London WC2R 0NP

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