Sure, you thought Canary Wharf was all obsessed with making that sweet money. But how about spending it down the pub? That’s what we recommend you do at the below boozers, all among the area’s finest for decent pints and pub grub, and even a sweet river view in some instances. From traditional riverside taverns to a crowd-pleasing Spoons, Canary Wharf’s pubs have it all.
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The best pubs in Canary Wharf
The Gun is an attractively spruced-up pub, with attentive staff and stiff prices. It’s suitable for both drinkers and diners, and is definitely a top choice for those into riverside boozing. Its terrace makes it a standout summer find. But hole up in the winter by a roaring fire and behave like Lord Nelson and his mistress once did on this very site.
If you’re wondering what the Thames docks might have felt like before their Disneyfication into Docklands, these narrow, ivy-covered and etched-glass premises aren’t a bad place to start. The downstairs room of this riverside pub, which dates from 1720, is all wood panels and nautical jetsam. In September 2011 the Grapes was bought by actor Sir Ian McKellen, and he’s been known to host the occassional pub quiz to a captive audience.
Down towards Crossharbour, you’ll find the George, a traditional pub that dates back to 1865 – although you wouldn’t know it on the inside, all bright and breezy decor. There’s a leafy garden and a conservatory for fair-weather gatherings, or stick inside and work your way through a pie and mash menu to suit the east London postcode.
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Another Fuller’s pub, this time towards Cabot Square, understandably The Merchant is a popular haunt with the office crowd. Ties are loosened and pints of mainstream lagers are sunk, alongside the brewery’s own Frontier and London Pride. Pub grub is the stodgy, satisfying kind.
Just because you’re in the financial district doesn’t mean you should have to pay the earth for two pints of lager and a packet of crisps. The Ledger Building is a Wetherspoons pub and it meets all the requirements you’ve come to know and love: naff, patterned carpets; all-day, crowd-pleasing grub (we won’t comment on its quality); and cheap, well-kept beer (and lots of it).
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Searching for the best pubs in London? You’re in the right place. The capital’s drinking scene is one of the best in the world, where you can bounce from historic and traditional pubs to modern boozers pulling perfect pints. We’ve rounded up our favourite pubs across the capital, slicing and dicing them by area below so you can cut out the faff and concentrate on getting a round in. Bottoms up!
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