London’s Best Riverside Pubs

Here are London’s Best Riverside Pubs: When it comes to having a drink in London, be it a traditional pint, glass of wine, or something more exotic, visitors are spoiled for choice – there is barely a street in London that does not host at least one pub! But for those who’d like a better view, there are plenty of pubs dotted along the banks of the River Thames. During the summer months, riverside pubs in London are the busiest – and best – places to be – and the winter months may mean sitting indoors, but you can still enjoy the sight of the Thames from the windows of these fantastic suggestions…

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(A) The Prospect of Whitby, Wapping

A bit tricky to get to, but worth the effort! The Prospect of Whitby is located in Wapping, the old dockyards of east London. Notable sea farers, adventurers and pirates are known to have drank at The Prospect, and there is still a noose hanging just outside the pub to remind people of the public pirate hangings that were once held nearby. With an impressive outside deck, the pub is a wooden creation bringing the historic naval atmosphere to life.
Nearest Station: Wapping, London Overground


(B) Trafalgar Tavern, Greenwich

Right on the edge of the Thames in Greenwich sits Trafalgar Tavern, decorated with paintings and busts depicted figures and history of this maritime London location. Huge windows mean that views of the Thames are sweeping, even when hiding away inside during the colder months!
Nearest Station: Cutty Sark, DLR


(C) The Crabtree, Hammersmith

A huge pub with a mammoth outdoors area, the Crabtree is a popular local haunt situated right on the banks of the western stretch of the Thames. The garden is decorated with designer shrubs, plans and trees and is a particularly charming oasis – sometimes difficult to obtain in London! Ale drinkers take note: The Crabtree always has a fine selection of premium cask ales on offer. Although a bit of a walk from the nearest station, it’s definitely worth the walk!
Nearest Station: Barons Court


(D) The Horniman at Hays, London Bridge

Situated in Hays Gallery – previously ‘London’s Larder’ where 80% of goods consumed in London made their way into the capital – today the Gallery is a lovely little piazza on the Southbank of the Thames, holding shops restaurants and this fantastic pub. Boasting unbeatable views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, this pub is particularly suited for those of you wanting a drink after finishing our City of London tour!
Nearest Station: London Bridge


(E) The Banker, Cannon Street

Tucked underneath a rail bridge in the City, the Banker is a lovely little spot to take in a drink and a view. Inside, there are various levels with tables and chairs and huge windows showing lovely views of the River. Outside, is a small but perfectly placed beer garden. Often overlooked by tourists, the Banker is a popular haunt for local workers – busy after 5pm but delightfully quiet during the day time hours.
Nearest Station: Cannon Street


(F) Anchor Bankside, Southwark

We need to be honest here: nobody comes to the Anchor Bankside to sit inside the pub. Totally traditional and completely average interiors as well as a continual lingering smell of the toilet gives you even more reason to take advantage of their outdoor terrace. A huge area reserved specifically for Anchor patrons, this beer garden is in prime location on the southern side of the Thames with excellent views into the City. Just beside Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, the pub has literary connections with both the playwright as well as Samuel Johnson – a patron here in the 18th century.
Nearest Station: Southwark

Our Number One recommendation…

(G) The Dove, Hammersmith

The Dove is a beloved London locale. With an amazing outside terrace directly on the banks of the Thames, it’s a prime location to soak up the river atmosphere – and also a stellar spot to watch the year Boat Race between Cambridge and Oxford. Inside, the pub is full of charm with low-ceilinged timber beams and an eclectic assortment of wall decorations and chairs. Steeped in history, it is believed that the 17th century King Charles II and his notable mistress, Nell Gwynne, drank and dined here. The Dove also happens to hold the Guinness World Record for the smallest bar in the world!
Nearest Station: Hammersmith

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