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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

Car Parks

 
Drury Lane NCP
 
1 minutes walk
 
Holborn NCP
 
3 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Kingsway Hall Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £83  34% off
Great Queen Street, WC2B | 1 minute from The Black Penny
Well-equipped, comfortable rooms await guests to this elegantly modern hotel in the heart of Theatreland. Set yourself up for the day with a hearty breakfast or ... More
 
 
 
Club Quarters Lincoln's Inn Fields
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £88  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  34% 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
 
 
 
 
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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
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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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School of Rock
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 24th October 2016 to 13th January 2019
The Black Penny, Drury Lane, WC2B | 1 minute from The Black Penny
Students at a prestigious prep school "stick it to the man" with encouragement from their substitute teacher - wannabe rock star Dewey Finn - in the ...More
 
 
 
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The Play That Goes Wrong
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 5th September 2014 to 25th February 2018
The Black Penny, Catherine Street, WC2B | 4 minutes from The Black Penny
Presented by the award-winning, international comedy company Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society ...More
 
 
 
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Stomp
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 1st August - 7th January 2018
The Black Penny, West Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 6 minutes from The Black Penny
Stomp stages an aural assault on your senses at the Ambassadors Theatre. There is no plot, no dialogue and nobody speaks a word. Instead a group ...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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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: Semiramide
Concerts | Until 16th December 2017 

Royal Opera House 3 minutes walk from The Black Penny

David Alden directs Rossini's epic tragedy based on a story by Voltaire with a cast including Joyce DiDonato, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, ...More

Concerto / Le Baiser de la fee / Elite Syncopations
Concerto / Le Baiser de la fee / Elite Syncopations
Dance | Until 11th May 2018 

Royal Opera House 3 minutes walk from The Black Penny

The Royal Ballet celebrates the work of the late great British choreographer Kenneth MacMillan with three mixed programmes that bring ...More

 
Lucia Di Lammermoor
Lucia Di Lammermoor
Concerts | Until 27th November 2017 

Royal Opera House 3 minutes walk from The Black Penny

At its debut last year Katie Mitchell's new staging of Donizetti's tragic masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor really divided the critics. ...More

 
42nd Street
Theatre | Until 10th February 2018 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from The Black Penny

Broadway comes to the West End in 2017 with classic musical 42nd Street. Replacing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the ...More

Motown The Musical
Motown The Musical
Theatre | Until 5th January 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

 
The Lady From The Sea
Theatre | Until 2nd December 2017 

The Donmar Warehouse 4 minutes walk from The Black Penny

Newly announced Artistic Director of the Young Vic, Kwame Kwei-Armah returns to the Donmar to direct Henrik Ibsen's compelling drama ...More

Seven Dials Christmas Lights & Shopping Evening
Seven Dials Christmas Lights & Shopping Evening
Seasonal | Until 9th December 2017 

Seven Dials 4 minutes walk from The Black Penny

See the Seven Dials Christmas lights installation being launched and get your gifts wrapped up for free at the Seven ...More

 
Covent Garden Christmas Lights 2017
Covent Garden Christmas Lights 2017
Seasonal | Until 1st January 2018 

Covent Garden Piazza 4 minutes walk from The Black Penny

The covered market at Covent Garden and the surrounding area is filled with 40 mistletoe chandeliers - each between 2.5 ...More

 
Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Theatre | Until 27th May 2018 

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

 

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