English pubs can offer a quiet escape from the world around you, but who wants to spend one of London’s rare sunny days indoors? When it’s beautiful out and you and the boys start pining for pints, head to the Punch & Judy pub in Covent Garden for an alfresco friends outing you’ll never forget. Brave the hustle and bustle of the open market hall and make your way past the Tuscan columns on the pub’s ground floor. While you order pints of Old Speckled Hen and Bombardier at the bar, send your mates up to the balcony overlooking the market to snag a table. If none are available—the place does get busy on evenings and weekends—simply occupy a space against the railing and sip your suds as you watch the colorful mix of shoppers, buskers, and vendors mingling in the plaza down below. As your friend gets up to buy the second round, slip him a little cash for some fish and chips on the way back. With some proper pub food, real English ales, and an endless procession of shoppers streaming in and out of view, you could spend a whole day of sudsy sightseeing without leaving your cozy perch.

Punch & Judy Pub

Covent Garden Piazza WC2E 8RF

44 20 7379 0923

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