The Mayflower

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Of all the Thamesside pubs, this one is the most special, the most atmospheric, the most tucked-away – and its wooden deck at the back has probably the best view of the river too. If there’s a better accompaniment to an evening pint than the sound of the river slapping away through the slats under your feet, and the lights of the City twinkling away in the distance, we’ve yet to find it. Inside is brilliant too – it dates back to 1620, with ecclesiastical wooden pews, real ales, an open fire and a friendly hubbub of chatter. A real find of a pub.

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The Mayflower says
The Mayflower is a traditional, typically English pub and restaurant boasting a great view over the Thames from the outside, decked jetty. The building is the oldest pub you'll find in London on the Thames. It's full of history and the original mooring point of The Pilgrim Fathers' Mayflower ship.
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Venue name: The Mayflower
Address: 117 Rotherhithe St
SE16 4NF
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm daily. Food served noon-3pm, 6pm -9.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-3pm, 6-9.30pm Sat; noon-9.30pm, 6pm - 8pm Sun
Transport: Rotherhithe Overground
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Jane M

Lovely atmosphere, good range of beers, large portions of delicious homemade food, waterside terrace- beware of very high tides: the passing boats' wakes can cause a splash through the floorboards!

John O

Cosy in winter by the open fire, and fantastic in summer on the outside deck above the river.

Paul C
Staff Writer

My new favourite pub in London! Been here a few times recently and it never disappoints. The deck at the back is lovely, nice to sit out and watch the boats go past on the Thames. The food is good and reasonably priced and it's great that they do a good selection of beers as well. 

Sarena R

Quaint pub in great location with lots of history. Great food, cozy, warm atmosphere

moderatorStaff Writer

In terms of atmosphere this has to be one of London's finest pubs. But that atmosphere, along with the riverside location, comes for a price – the drinks aren't particularly cheap.

Ros A

I had been living locally for 1.5 years before I got down to the esteemed Mayflower. I had heard lots about it, but didn't much believe the hype and couldn't be bothered to brave that long 20 minute walk there (nawt).  It's nothing like I imagined. For some reason I thought it would be a new-ish, quay style building. It's actually really old, and really lovely. Quirky little paintings, stag heads on the wall.... my kind of place. 

I love the atmosphere here, and it is very warm and good for winter. Also an outdoor area with heaters which I'm sure would be lovely in the Summer. We ate here - couple of comments - it's pretty hearty pub food, so don't go expecting anything else. We had calamari (which was v greasy- avoid) and then burgers- that were tasty. Drinks were good and staff were friendly. I've been back multiple times since and I'm a bit of a regular. Fun, busy vibes on a weekend evening. 

Brendan m

Awesome place, never disappoints. Great in Summer on the jetty and great in winter with the fire on and all the candles. They've now just added a bunch of heat lamos and on the jetty with a tent - great for me as this is my favourite part of the pub being right over the river! Food is delicious and made fresh - amazing gravy :)

Annmarie b

New owner took over 3 years ago and completely transformed the menu, ambience and overall experience of the place. It's simply the best kept secret in London and it's my local! Staff are really laid back and freindly, there's no pretentiousness here - they think it's a great pub too!

Virginie K

My favourite pub in London!! I always bring my friend and family or anyone who doesn't know it!! I advice to take the special, the pie is amazing!! the beer reel beer (Ale) and the staff great and cheerful. The terrace is the best spot during a warm evening even if you need to come early as it is very crowded!!

Anil P

Nice crowd. Ate LAMB char grilled with salad. The lamb was extremely rubbery. I mentioned this to bar staff and the the waiters but not even an apology! So pls don't order the lamb which was red inside and doesn't settle well in the stomach.  Staff not helpful.  Not recommended.


Went December 2011 for my birthday. Went last night for my partners birthday. Both times experienced terrible service. Last night the food was terrible. I paid £16.99 for a fillet steak, waited about an hour after finishing the starter before the steak arrived, I had ordered it rare, so it was hard to ruin, but they managed. It was so dry, it had obviously been reheated, the chips were dry too. Plate presentation did not exist. Utterly terrible, it was low quality pub grub, charging gastro pub prices. I will never eat there again, unless I hear that the management and chef have both changed.


Stale fish with soggy chips -most disappointing and a real tourist catch