White Hart, Covent Garden

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FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
The refurb a few years ago breathed new life into this one - nicely redesigned by the landlord's sister. We were unsure about it to begin with, but the management has stayed stable and kept standards up. Run by a family team, we'd say this one's doing pretty well. Sure it gets a lot of tourist trade, but that's a risk of where it is. That said, you can still star-spot in here (Paul Merton was in last time we stopped by). Decent enough, but not one for beer lovers - we had to make do with Guinness as the rest of the beer seemed to be continental lager and Hoegaarden. Still, the food looked good and the prices seemed reasonable. They also offer after theatre entertainment of an evening, taking advantage of later opening hours, and apparently musicians turn up frequently to do impromptu sessions after their shows. The relaxed atmosphere washes over the patrons, and they seem pretty chilled, all in all. Give it a go.
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191 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5QD
0207 242 2317
Opening times
Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday, Saturday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sunday 12:00 - 10:30pm
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We are a small family owned company in the heart of London. We pride ourselves on inviting atmospheres, refreshing pints, & honest, freshly prepared food.

The oldest licensed premise in London, this Drury Lane Theatre bar with a late night curfew for guests, cast and crews of top West End Shows

Late Night DJ Fridays & Saturdays, Weekend Roasts, Monthly Drink Deals, Private Area for Hire, Classic Pub Food

Detailed Description

Reputedly first licensed in 1216, Old Bailey archives reveal The White Hart has a colourful and interesting past.

It was known as a popular watering hole for London's notorious highwaymen and rogues.

Regular customers included Jack Shepard and Richard (Dick) Turpin just prior to his hanging in 1739. Condemned men also stopped by for a final drink and the comfort of a good (bad) woman before facing the hangman's noose.

It is now owned by Chris and John Scott of The Morton-Scott Pub Company Ltd. We would love to return it to it's former glory but the law won't allow us, so all we ask is for you to...

Eat, Drink, Relax & Enjoy