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London's Top 5 Riverside Pubs off the Beaten Track

London's Top 5 Riverside Pubs off the Beaten Track

Old Sep 20, 14, 9:30 am
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London's Top 5 Riverside Pubs off the Beaten Track

London is full of riverside pubs, some brimming with tourists but a some only frequented by the locals in the know. Be prepared to travel a bit outside of Central London and you'll find
a some gems worth the journey. Here are my top 5 from along the Thames, in no specific order.

1) The Apprentice London, Old Isleworth.
The London Apprentice located in Old Isleworth a short walk from the beautiful Syon Park and Syon House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, dates back to 1731. It
is said to have been patronised by such eminent personalities as Henry VIII, Charles I, Charles II (with Nell Gwynne), Lady Jane Grey and Oliver Cromwell, all of whom
had close links with nearby Syon House. The Pub has a delightful riverside terrace and quaint period room, with a Riverside Room overlooking the Thames. A wide variety
of ales and draft beers are available swell as a traditional pub menu. The food is average british pub food, but the atmosphere and tranquil views more than make up for it. If
you go during the week after lunch time, you can often find yourself to be alone on the terrace overlooking the Thames with the famous London paraqueets flying overhead.

2) The Blue Anchor, Hammersmith
The Blue Anchor is located next to the beautiful Hammersmith Bridge , only a short walk from Hammersmith station. It was first licensed in 1722 and still remains in its
original location. Across two floors the upstairs Riverside room offers a quaint balcony and a quieter area for dining good traditional english pub food. Downstairs a
traditional pub with wooden floors and a period nautical theme overlooks the terrace overspilling on the river walk and overlooking the Thames. Carry on walking along
the river and you'll pass a few other quaint pubs and eventually ending up at Fullers London Ale Brewery, with a tasting room and a factory shop.

3) The White Cross, Richmond
The White Cross, originally known as the Watermans, was originally built in 1748 and rebuilt in 1838. It changed its name to the White Cross in 1840 and has remained
under that name ever since in its original location. Situated in the vibrant neighbourhood of Richmond, full on chic bars, restaurants and stylish individual shops. The Pub
offers excellent food and being so on the waters edge, as the high tide comes in and sitting on the terrace you might get your feet wet! Luckily english wellington boots are
available if you haven't brought your own. If you happen to go during the winter the pub also features a live fireplace and a full very good sunday roast is served on sundays.

4) The Gun, Canary Wharf
The Gun, located in Canary Wharf, East London, was originally built in the late 18th century, but destroyed by a fire in 2001. Since then it has been restored to its former
glory and still features a spy hole in the circular staircases to watch out for the "Queens Tax Collectors". A true gastropub, it offers excellent daytime and evening meals
aswell as a summer terrace and private function rooms. Don't forget to try one of their pies! The bar features several speciality ales and bitters. Perfect for staying in East
London or when doing business in Canary Wharf.

5) Prospect of Whitby, Wapping
The Prospect of Whitby is Londons oldest riverside pub dating back to 1520. With the original flagstone floor, it also has a pewter bar top swell as old ships masts built in to
the original structure. Notable customers have been Charles Dickens, Samuel Pepys, Judge Jeffries and artists Whistler and Turner. The First floor terrace offer
excellent views of the Thames. Fish and chips and other great british pub meals feature on the traditional menu with a selection of bottled and artisan draft beers to wash
your meal down with . Perfect for either just drinks or a meal, you can soak up the history in this classic London riverside pub.

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Good list! Blue Anchor's ribs are must have. I will have to make time for the others in the coming months.
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The Grapes near Limehouse great terrace on the Thames and is owned by Gandolf :-)
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Also near Limehouse is The Narrows by Gordon Ramsey.
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I've always enjoyed The Ship in Mortlake. It's got a very local flair, well off the beaten path (but a short stroll from Mortlake rail station). Food's nothing to write home about, but if you're looking for a not-too-busy pub with views of the river this one ticks the boxes. If the tide is especially high, you may need a kayak to get to your car.
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The Gun isn't in the Canary Wharf estate, it's on the east side of the Isle of Dogs. Although it's a short distance as the crow flies from the Wharf, getting between the two is not obvious. The walking route that was available in previous years through Wood Wharf has been closed because of construction work.
For anyone in the Canary Wharf area, I'd suggest jump on the DLR to Cutty Sark (which is in the heart of Greenwich) then follow the river path East to The Trafalgar and The Cutty Sark.
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Oh and if you're looking for a pub in Limehouse, The Grapes is my suggestion.
The Narrow makes much of being in the Gordon Ramsey stable - but the food is prepared in an industrial unit miles away and is just reheated on site. The riverside terrace is nice though.
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Originally Posted by rcspeirs View Post
Oh and if you're looking for a pub in Limehouse, The Grapes is my suggestion.
The Narrow makes much of being in the Gordon Ramsey stable - but the food is prepared in an industrial unit miles away and is just reheated on site. The riverside terrace is nice though.
Perhaps he should do a "Kitchen Nightmares" on his own reheating of food.
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Originally Posted by Silver Fox View Post
Perhaps he should do a "Kitchen Nightmares" on his own reheating of food.
It would be slightly awkward watching him make himself cry, though.
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It would be slightly awkward watching him make himself cry, though.
But satisfying.
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