EST. 1667

Built on the site of the Old Bull Inn, the Nell Gwynne Tavern was named after the infamous mistress of Charles II. Nell, born and raised in the locality at St Martin in the Fields, sold fruit in the nearby Covent Garden market before gaining fame as an actress on the Drury Lane stage. Samuel Pepys describes seeing “the mighty pretty Nell” on his way to the Strand in 1667.

Nothing if not a den of iniquity, in 1897, William Terris, a well-known actor of the day, was murdered yards from the pub by a stage hand from the neighbouring Adelphi Theatre. While in the 60s the notorious Richardson Gang were reputed to have frequented The Nell.

Today, ‘the Nell’ is one of London’s most charming and historic hidden treasures, offering a great selection of local beers, wines and spirits and a lively but cosy setting just yards from the hustle and bustle of the Strand. The Nell boasts one of London’s best jukeboxes packed with classics for the discerning ear.


The Nell is known as a boozy little pub, so we designed our bar food to reflect that. We have a fine selection of British cheeses, as well as some fantastic, cured meats for your delectation, all served with sourdough bread, crackers & traditional chutneys.

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