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Pub of the Week No.4: Nell of Old Drury

By Lwblog @londonwalks

OUR NEW SERIES! Our round-up of our favorite London pubs on or near the routes of our London Walks. We’ll be posting reviews, giving recommendations and directions and from time-to-time delving into the stories behind the pubs and pub names. As always, we want to hear your suggestions, too. Send your Best Pub In London suggestions to the usual address or leave a comment below.
Pub of the Week No.4: Nell of Old Drury
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Nell of Old Drury, Catherine Street, Covent Garden.
Pub of the Week No.4: Nell of Old Drury
I go here every Wednesday on Ghosts, Gaslight and Guinness.  It is a real theater pub.  The orchestras of the musicals and the Royal Opera drop in for a drink during the interval and after the show cast and crew from the surrounding theatres drink here.  There is a room upstairs which looks out over the Theatre Royal Drury Lane where you can nearly always find a table.  They don't do food, but there are a million restaurants nearby and as a result you are not jostling with people eating at tables.  It is a good old fashioned boozer with lovely staff and they serve Broadside, my favorite beer.  It is named after Nell Gwynne one of the many mistresses of Charles II.  There is a tunnel that links the theater with the pub and the King would use it for secret assignations with Nell and be back in his box as the curtain came down.
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