TOP 5 LONDON RIVERSIDE PUBS: PLACES TO CATCH A DRINK BY THE THAMES
The UK is renowned for its strong tradition of pubs, and London is testament to the fact. The most common drink of choice is, of course, a good pint of draught beer, but you might just find something surprising on your visit to one of these riverside pubs.
This charming pub in Limehouse is known as being one of Gordon Ramsay’s kitchens, and lives up to the expectations on the food front despite the professional appearance. The sprawling ‘gastropub’ has outdoor seating that can afford guests a view of the river, and the food, while not complex, is beyond comparison to other pubs around town.
The Duke’s Head
The Duke’s Head in Putney is housed in a grade II listed building, and had been around for nearly fifteen decades. The spacious outdoor seating on the bank of the Thames makes it a big crowd-pleaser, especially on warmer days. A unique draw is that it is located at the starting point of the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race.
There are several pubs along the Upper Mall embankment in Hammersmith, but The Dove stands out on account of its two century heritage, and its prime location from which to enjoy the view of the Thames as well as the University Boat Races. The inside resembles a typical informal pub, and there is also a conservatory and riverside terrace.
A gastropub situated in the London Docklands, The Gun dates back to the early eighteenth century. Following a fire in 2001, the building was repaired and the pub reopened in 2004 to critical acclaim. A large dining room, a back bar, two private dining rooms and a riverside terrace make up The Gun.
Founded as a sailor’s inn some two hundred years ago, The Ship is located in the Wells and Young brewery area of Wandsworth. The front bar is typically peaceful, while the conservatory overlooking the Thames attracts a larger crowd. The food varies by season, and is traditional British fare.
Whether it’s a quick watering you’re after or an evening of socializing, these pubs by the Thames are sure to be great choices.