London, Covent Garden
Starting from Charing Cross station this walk offers many sightseeing opportunities. Select pictures for larger size.

Coal Hole
at the Coal Hole pub. Walk along the Strand from Charing Cross underground station.
91 The Strand WC2R 0DW  Open all day from 10am.
A Nicholson pub with a good range of beers and free wifi. Well worth a visit for the stunning decorations. In the Victorian era, the pub was a 'song and supper' club where regulars were encouraged to sing comical songs and sentimental ballads. Gilbert and Sullivan regularly performed here in Edwardian times, the Shakespearean actor Edmund Keane started the Wolves' Club here for oppressed husbands forbidden to sing in the bath! Click the picture for the gallery and to comment.

Cross the Strand and walk up Southampton Street to the top. Enter Covent garden market and street entertainer areas. When you reach James Street walk in the direction of the station and you will see the Nag's Head and White Lion facing each other.

Nags Head

Nag's Head Covent Carden

10 James Street WC2E 8BT
Mon-Thurs 10.00 am-11.00 pm, Fri/Sat 10.00 am-11.30 pm, Sun 10.00 am-10.30 pm
Traditional Victorian London pub in the heart of Covent Garden. Good pub food served everyday. Slightly expensive because of its location it is a pleasant single room with a high ceiling and modest chandeliers. Click the picture for the gallery and to comment.

Cross over the road to reach the White Lion.

The White Lion

White Lion Covent Garden

24 James Street WC2E 8NS

  Monday to Thursday: 10:00 - 23:30 Friday to Saturday: 10:00 - 00:00
  Sunday: 10:00 - 23:00

A Nicholson's house with a good range of beer in fine form but pricey. Free wifi.
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Head into Floral Street along the side of the White Lion. Look out for a tiny alley on your left, Lazenby Court, leading to the Lamb and Flag.

Lamb and Flag London

The Lamb and Flag.
33 Rose Street. WC2E 9EB Open from 11am all day, Sundays from noon.
With a pub on the site since 1772 and Charles Dickens a regular drinker here.
In the early 19th century, the Lamb & Flag acquired something of a reputation for bare-knuckle fighting, earning it the nickname 'The Bucket of Blood.
Free wifi. Fullers Ales and good food.
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     Continue down the slope and cross Garrick Street. Follow round the Roundhouse into New Row past the White Swan to reach the Salisbury opposite you at the end of the road, in St Martins.

Salisbury Pub London

The Salisbury.  90 St Martin's Lane WC2N 4AP  Open all day from 11am

A large traditional pub with beautiful original etched glass and hand carved mahogany and a good range of ales.Good value food and free wifi is available. Reasonable prices.
The pub has been used in films such as 'Victim' starring Dirk Bogarde, 'Travels With My Aunt' starring Maggie Smith and most recently 'The Boat That Rocked' starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Click the picture for the gallery and to comment.

Turn right out of the Salisbury and then left into William IV street and then into Chandos Place. The Harp will be on your left.

The Harp Covent Garden

The Harp.  47 Chandos place WC2N 4HS Open from 10:30am Sunday from 12noon

Long narrow traditional downstairs bar with its collection of old victorian portraits and beautiful coloured glass frontage with another entrance at the rear. There is more seating upstairs. Free wifi and a huge range of ales. food available.
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Turn left out of the Harp and continue along Chandos Place and then left into Bedfordbury.

Lemon Tree Covent Garden

The Lemon Tree.  4 Bedfordbury, WC2N 4BP  Open from noon daily.

I loved this pub for its delicious Thai food. High Quality at low prices. Sharpes Doom bar and Brains Rev James  were available on our visit.
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Return to Chandos Place and continue along into Maiden Lane. You will find the Porterhouse on your right.

The Porterhouse Covent Garden

The Porterhouse.  21-22 Maiden Lane WC2E 7NA Open all day from noon.

Largest bar in London but it doesn't feel that way. Split up over twelve different levels and serves some of its own beers from Dublin.
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Continue along Maiden Lane to Southampton Street, turn left to return to Covent Garden Market and station. Turn right and right again to walk back along the Strand to Charing Cross.

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