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The Black PennyInspired by England's original coffee houses, The Black Penny isn't your average coffee shop. Spread across two floors, the coffee house serves hearty breakfasts, seasonal salads, tempting lunch dishes and coffee on the ground floor while downstairs, in The Seminar Pit, a programme of guest speakers inspire, educate and entertain through a series of poetry nights, debates and live concerts. The twist honours the 17th Century Penny Universities, which would invite visitors to pay a penny in exchange for admission, a cup of coffee and the chance to partake in academic and political debates. The Pit can also be hired out for private meetings while the ground floor proves a great spot for smaller groups to meet and work over coffee and cake. Coffee is provided by leading roaster Alchemy while the food menu has been created by head chef George Notley (formerly of Tom's Deli). Breakfast highlights include The Hunter, providing a meaty start to the morning, the generous portioned sandwiches and the spicy Chorizo Baked Beans. At lunch diners can expect dishes such as stone bass ceviche with carrot, fennel and radish; a smoked chicken, bacon, brie, cranberry and spinach sandwich; and seared tuna with black sesame seeds and soy.

 

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Holborn Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Covent Garden Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
11 minutes walk
 
City Thameslink Station
 
15 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

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Drury Lane NCP
 
1 minutes walk
 
Holborn NCP
 
3 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Club Quarters Lincoln's Inn Fields
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £98  28% off
61 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A | 3 minutes from The Black Penny
Lincoln's Inn Fields is the 4th Club Quarters hotel in London. The hotel is an ideal accommodation choice for business and leisure travellers with close links ... More
 
 
 
The Waldorf Hilton Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £124  36% off
Aldwych, WC2B | 4 minutes from The Black Penny
Positioned between the City's Square Mile and the thriving West End, this grand, Edwardian Hilton hotel welcomes guests with a patisserie and champagne bar in the ... More
 
 
 
Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £71  35% off
Bloomsbury Way, WC1A | 4 minutes from The Black Penny
Set in the heart of the West End, Thistle Holborn - The Kingsley is well positioned with the British Museum very close by and the entertainments ... More
 
 
 
 
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Wolfe's
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
30 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from The Black Penny
Diner ... More
 
 
 
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Caffe Nero
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
83/84 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from The Black Penny
Nero is probably the best of the Capital’s coffee shop chains. Offers a wide range of authentic Italian coffee in a pleasant relaxed environment. Snacks include ... More
 
 
 
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Pret A Manger
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
65 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from The Black Penny
Pret sells up market fast food, hand made from natural ingredients, to take away or eat on site, in its trademark no nonsense chrome interiors. The ... More
 
 
 
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Margot
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
45 Great Queen Street, WC2B | Same location as The Black Penny
One of London's best loved Maitre d's Paulo de Tarso leaves his role at Bar Boulud at London's Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park to open his own ... More
 
 
 
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Shoryu Ramen Covent Garden
London > Restaurants >
35 Great Queen Street, WC2B | Same location as The Black Penny
A spin off from the Japan Centre, one of the largest Japanese shops in London, this mini chain of ramen restaurants concentrates on ... More
 
 
 
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Great Queen Street
London > Restaurants > Brasseries
32 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | Same location as The Black Penny
Fans of St John in Farringdon (described by us as "one of the best restaurants in the capital"), The Eagle nearby ("the original and arguably one ... More
 
 
 
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The Snowman
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 22nd November 2018 to 6th January 2019
The Black Penny, Portugal Street, WC2A | 3 minutes from The Black Penny
Bill Alexander directs Birmingham Repertory Theatre's musical adaptation of Raymond Briggs' children's story about the airborne adventures of a boy and his frosty friend. This staging ...More
 
 
 
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The Inheritance: Part 2
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 28th September 2018 to 5th January 2019
The Black Penny, St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 7 minutes from The Black Penny
Hearts are broken and emotional wounds salved as young gay men in modern-day New York continue to wrestle with their feelings in the closing chapter of ...More
 
 
 
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The Inheritance: Part 1
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 21st September 2018 to 5th January 2019
The Black Penny, St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 7 minutes from The Black Penny
Following a sold-out run at the Young Vic, Matthew Lopez's new play, The Inheritance, comes to the West End for a strictly limited season. Directed by ...More
 
 
 
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New London Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from The Black Penny
Although this site has been an entertainment venue since at least the mid-19th century, the New London Theatre only opened its doors in 1973, making it ... More
 
 
 
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Top Secret Comedy Club @ The Africa Centre
London > Entertainment > Live Music
170 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from The Black Penny
This new Covent Garden alternative to the West End tourist traps has welcomed the likes of filthy San Franciscan Scott Capurro and TV favourite Andi Osho. ... More
 
 
 
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Fortune Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from The Black Penny
The first theatre built after World War I is an astonishing piece of architecture. Built in 1922-4, it preceded the arrival of the Art Deco and ... More
 
 
 
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near The Black Penny
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London Film Museum Covent Garden
London > Attractions > Museums
45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 4 minutes from The Black Penny
The London Film Museum, located on the site of the Theatre Museum in the original Flower Cellars in the heart of Covent Garden, is the second ... More
 
 
 
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London Transport Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 4 minutes from The Black Penny
After a two-year, £22 million refurbishment the London Transport Museum reopened on 22 November 2007 revealing more exhibition space than before. The museum travels back through ... More
 
 
 
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Sir John Soane's Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A | 4 minutes from The Black Penny
An appealingly higgledy-piggledy treasure trove of artefacts, the extraordinary Sir John Soane's Museum elegantly located on Lincoln's Inn Fields is well worth an exploratory rummage. Lurking ... More
 
 
 
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Charles Worthington
London > Shopping > Hair and Grooming
28 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from The Black Penny
Service is a watchword at this salon, where clients are guaranteed a first-class hairdressing experience. Celebrity coiffeur Worthington personally trains all his staff and standards are ... More
 
 
 
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Bloomsbury Flowers
London > Shopping > Florists
29 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from The Black Penny
Bloomsbury Flowers don't do off-the-peg, so if you want to be in and out in two minutes think again. However, if you want to impress with ... More
 
 
 
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SugarSin
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
1 Russell Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from The Black Penny
Covent Garden got a little bit sweeter at the beginning of 2012 with the opening of SugarSin. Run by Swedish sisters Anna and ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 4 minutes from The Black Penny
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 4 minutes from The Black Penny
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
 
 
 
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 5 minutes from The Black Penny
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
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The Hospital Club
London > Leisure > Arts Centres
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from The Black Penny
Before it was a hip private members' club designed specifically for the creative industries - complete with bar and dining rooms, cinema, TV and recording studios ... More
 
 
 
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Thai Square Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 4 minutes from The Black Penny
Let the Thai Square Spa transport you to the shores of Asia with their traditional Thai spa treatment rooms, smack bang in the centre of Covent ... More
 
 
 
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The Sanctuary
London > Leisure > Fitness
12 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 4 minutes from The Black Penny
This day spa exclusively for women is a total pampering experience from the minute you step through the door. Located in bustling Covent Garden you'll soon ... More
 
 
 
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Philomena's Irish Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | Same location as The Black Penny
Philomena's is an Irish themed bar and sports cafe on Great Queen Street, just two minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station. A great place to ... More
 
 
 
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The Princess Louise
London > Nightlife > Pubs
208 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London WC1V | 3 minutes from The Black Penny
The flagship London pub of Yorkshire's oldest brewery, Samuel Smith, the Princess Louise has been carefully restored to her original Victorian layout complete with snugs, removed ... More
 
 
 
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The Marquess of Anglesey
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from The Black Penny
Gastropub ... More
 
 
 
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Lowlander Beer Cafe
London > Nightlife > Bars
36 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from The Black Penny
The reputation of the Benelux breweries precedes them and this themed bar captures the flair of Dutch cafe culture too. The impressive row of shiny silver ... More
 
 
 
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The American Bar at The Savoy
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Savoy, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 2 minutes from The Black Penny
During The Savoy's �220million refit the American Bar was barely touched, ensuring it stayed true to its traditional, sleek design that is synonymous with the iconic ... More
 
 
 
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Beaufort Bar at The Savoy
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Savoy, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 2 minutes from The Black Penny
The second of two bars in The Savoy, the Beaufort Bar is a glamorous affair. The bar continues the hotel's Art Deco theme with plush black ... More
 
 
 
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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near The Black Penny.
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Sir John Soane's Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A | 4 minutes from The Black Penny
An appealingly higgledy-piggledy treasure trove of artefacts, the extraordinary Sir John Soane's Museum elegantly located on Lincoln's Inn Fields is well worth an exploratory rummage. Lurking ... More
 
 
 
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The Congress Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
23-28 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 6 minutes from The Black Penny
Based at Congress House, the headquarters of the Trades Union Congress, the Congress Centre offers several meeting and conference rooms for hire within an architecturally-renowned Grade ... More
 
 
 
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British Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 6 minutes from The Black Penny
If you wanted to thoroughly explore the British Museum, it would take months, if not years. Over seven millions objects from all over the world are ... More
 
 
 
 

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School of Rock
School of Rock
Theatre | Until 13th January 2019 

New London Theatre 1 minute walk from The Black Penny

Students at a prestigious prep school "stick it to the man" with encouragement from their substitute teacher - wannabe rock ...More

 
Royal Opera: Die Walkure
Concerts | Until 28th October 2018 

Royal Opera House 3 minutes walk from The Black Penny

Keith Warner's production of the second part of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. Antonio Pappano conducts the Royal Opera Chorus ...More

42nd Street
42nd Street
Theatre | Until 20th October 2018 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from The Black Penny

Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton plays legendary diva Dorothy Brock in the hit Broadway musical 42nd Street at London's Theatre ...More

 
Taj Express
Taj Express
Dance | Until 20th October 2018 

Peacock Theatre 3 minutes walk from The Black Penny

After a popular run here last summer, Taj Express returns to The Peacock, bringing dance, Bollywood stars and songs from ...More

 
Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
Theatre | Until 20th July 2019 

Aldwych Theatre 4 minutes walk from The Black Penny

Phyllida Lloyd, director of Mamma Mia!, helms a life-affirming musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner, written ...More

 
Motown The Musical
Motown The Musical
Theatre | Until 20th April 2019 

Shaftesbury Theatre 4 minutes walk from The Black Penny

Telling the story of Berry Gordy, who went from being a featherweight boxer to Motown music mogul, Motown The Musical ...More

 
Poster Girls
Exhibitions | Until 2nd January 2019 

London Transport Museum 4 minutes walk from The Black Penny

Female focussed exhibition Poster Girls at the London Transport Museum puts the spotlight on 20th and 21st century women graphic ...More

Measure for Measure
Measure for Measure
Theatre | Until 24th November 2018 

The Donmar Warehouse 4 minutes walk from The Black Penny

Bringing gender fluidity to the West End, Josie Rourke's adaptation of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure sees Hayley Atwell and Jack ...More

 
Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Theatre | Until 10th February 2019 

Cambridge Theatre 4 minutes walk from The Black Penny

The Royal Shakespeare Company's multiple award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at ...More

 
Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!
Theatre | Until 14th September 2019 

Novello Theatre 5 minutes walk from The Black Penny

Through the story-telling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty forty-something single mum, who recalls the ...More

 

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Summer and Smoke
Summer and Smoke
Theatre | From 10th November 

Duke of York's Theatre

Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Rebecca Frecknall's "shiveringly beautiful production" ...More

 
Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs
Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs
Exhibitions | From 9th November 

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Exploring 300 years of history between Russia and ...More

 
Imperial War Museums Marks 100 Years Of Remembrance
Tours | On 11th November 

IWM London (Imperial War Museums)

The Imperial War Museummarks 100 Years of Remembrance on Sunday 11th November with a two minute silence followed by Breaking the Silence - with performances from young musicians ...More

Remembrance Lecture
Exhibitions | On 6th November 

IWM London (Imperial War Museums)

Asking "Why are we silent when conflict is loud?", this year's Remembrance Lecture questions the power and purpose of two minute silences. In 1919, the first national silence was observed to commemorate the end of ...More

Discount Suit Company
Discount Suit Company
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In a former suit tailor's storeroom on Wentworth Street near Petticoat Lane you'll find the ...More

 
The Snowman
The Snowman
Theatre | From 22nd November 

Peacock Theatre

Bill Alexander directs Birmingham Repertory Theatre's musical adaptation of Raymond Briggs' children's story about the ...More

 
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Christmas favourites like The Nutcracker, Carols at The Royal Albert Hall and the Santa Dash return along with a Festive Feast at Hampton Court Palace and a new puppet show from the puppeteers behind ...More

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Christmas favourites like The Nutcracker, Carols at The Royal Albert Hall and the Santa ...More

 
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
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Exhibitions | From 2nd February 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

The largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever staged ...More

 
Carols for Shelter
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Concerts | On 28th November 

St Martin-in-the-Fields

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Choral Scholars Of St Martin-In-The-Fields
Concerts | On 12th November 

St Martin-in-the-Fields

Andrew Earis conducts a programme of Baroque works for solo and ensemble....More

Ideal Home Show Christmas
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Exhibitions | From 21st November 

Olympia Exhibition Centre

From fairy lights to food, gifts to winter garden advice, the Ideal Home Show Christmas ...More

 
The Lore of the Land
Exhibitions | From 20th October 

Horniman Museum

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