Along the River Thames in London, there are many pubs and restaurants. Some are historic, others just offer up a great atmosphere, food, drinks and a beautiful scenery. Beyond I highlight from east to west, 13 of the best pubs by the River Thames in London.
The Cutty Sark in Greenwich
The Cutty Sark (the pub, not the Ship) sits by Thames at Ballast Quay, with a small beer garden right by the water’s edge. Upstairs, you can find a seat and take in the view of the O2 Arena across the river. The pub serves plenty of beers and traditional fish and chips!
Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich
A legendary local pub, the Trafalgar Tavern known as ‘The Traf’ has just undergone a refurbishment to keep it fresh! Indoors, there are huge bays windows, so you can stay in the shade and still enjoy the river breeze. Outdoors, there’s a beer garden and picnic benches that stretch around the corner for great river views.
The Old Thameside Inn at London Bridge
The Old Thameside Inn was once an old spice warehouse in Borough Market. The riverside decking area is a great spot to watch the Thames traffic, or stare at the beautiful the Golden Hind, Sir Francis Drake’s famous ship.
Anchor Bankside at Bankside
Anchor Bankside is a great weekend spot for a pint after exploring Borough Market. This historical pub is the very spot that Samuel Pepys watched the capital burn to a crisp during the Great Fire of London in 1666. There’s also a first floor balcony terrace that’s a great spot for diners!
The Founders Arms at Bankside
The Founders Arms is just by the Tate Modern. The beer garden usually packed in the summer months. Find a spot and keep your eyes out for a table or contemplate St Paul’s, just across the river.
No. 29 Power Station West at Battersea
Since the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, Battersea seen a complete transformation with a variety of restaurants and cafes. No 29 Power Station West, by is a smart new local, perfect for a Sunday Bunch by the river
Duke’s Head in Putney
Recently refurbished, is a great spot to watch the famous Oxford-Cambridge boat race. sun terrace is a great spot for dining.
The White Hart in Barnes
In addition to the stunning interiors, there are great views of the River Thames and a pretty garden with benches on the towpath right on the water’s edge. As well as a strong selection of ales, there is a formal dining area in the Terrace Bar upstairs.
The White Cross in Richmond
This landmark pub on Richmond Riverside has a lovely, large riverside garden with some of the best views in one of the leafiest stretches of the Thames. Perfect for lunch, refreshments or sunset drinks, it is a great spot for people watching and sharing stories.
The Crab Tree in Fulham
The Crab Tree is an iconic, old Victorian pub situated on the quietest and most picturesque stretch of the Thames between Hammersmith and Putney. The indoor dining room spils onto an alfresco outdoor seating area with beautiful views of the river.
The Old Ship in Hammersmith
The Old Ship’s terrace has plenty of seating and there’s even a conservatory opening onto the riverbank. There are great traditional English dishes as well as a weekend brunches along cask-conditioned ales.
The Dove in Hammersmith
This historical pub has been a destination centuries, and continues to offer good beer, good food and a cosy environment.
The City Barge in Chiswick
The City Barge, around since the 14th century, and has also undergone an extensive refurbishment. There’s outside seating for great views. The food is just as important as the drinks at this stylish, historical riverside tavern.