The Sussex

20 Upper St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JZ
Call: 020 7836 1834

Stunning Historic Tavern in Covent Garden

The Sussex is a delightful pub located in London’s iconic Covent Garden district, at the corner of Upper St Martin’s Lane and Long Acre. Part of the original Convent Garden of Westminster Abbey, Long Acre was recorded as the northern boundary of this district in the 12th century; however, our area’s history actually stretches back even further. It has been a major thoroughfare since Saxon times, and acted as an important connection between Westminster and the City of London during the reign of the Roman Empire. In the 19th century, Long Acre was primarily known as the centre of the city’s coach-building trade. The area also has a long history of book and map printing. Today, you can see one of Britain’s oldest map shops, Stanfords, just adjacent to us.

Covent Garden is among London’s liveliest neighbourhoods, home to wonderful theatres, restaurants, and shops that attract locals and tourists alike. We’re a stone’s throw away from the prestigious Royal Opera House, as well as the pedestrianised Covent Garden Piazza. People-watch from the welcoming interior of our pub, where large pictures windows afford views of the busy street corner outside. On fine weather days, we also set out tables and chairs right on the street, allowing you the option of drinking outside while watching the world go by in the middle of this famous district.

You’ll be greeted by a sign depicting six birds called gold martlets. This sign represents the Coat of Arms of the County of Sussex, a nod to our namesake. A popular spot for after-work drinks, our pub’s buzzing atmosphere mirrors the high energy of the surrounding neighbourhood. Dine on freshly-prepared traditional pub fare, best washed down with one of our fine cask ales.

Enjoy Your Own Private Bar in Our Spacious Function Room

Our lower level function room, known as the Basement Bar, is a local favourite for office parties. Large enough to host up to 100 people, this flexible space is ideal for just about any type of event, from wedding receptions to private dinners. We can make your event as intimate or festive as you like, and customise the menu to your preferences. We’re happy to accommodate live bands and DJs, and the function room floor can easily be cleared to create ample space for dancing. Our function room is completely separate from the rest of the pub, offering its own bar, toilets and TVs. Wood panelling and low ceilings further enhance this space’s cosy and private atmosphere. Whatever the occasion we look forward to welcoming your function to The Sussex.

Celebrate in One of London’s Most Captivating Neighbourhoods

Located in London’s West End, Covent Garden is one of the city’s primary entertainment centres. The heart of the neighbourhood is the Piazza, site of the original Covent Garden Market in the 17th-century and now a well-known spot to see professional street performers. The Piazza is also home to the fun-filled London Transport Museum, and a diverse collection of interesting shops and food stalls. You’ll find us nestled in this unmissable district, a short walk from the bustling Piazza. We’re on the Piccadilly Line of the Tube, within walking distance of both Covent Garden and Leicester Square stations, and therefore easily accessible no matter where you’re coming from.

Function Room Information - Basement Bar
Capacity 100 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs available on request Area Type private
Facilities Dance Floor, Private Bar, TV, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals, Live Sports, Parties, Private Bars, Tour Groups, Weddings,

The nearest Tube Station to The Sussex is Covent Garden