The sun’s out! We’ve picked the best riverside pubs where you can pick up sunny pints and top-notch food.
The Ship, Wandsworth
Not only does The Ship in Wandsworth sit right on the river, it’s got one of the most epic pub gardens we’ve seen in London, which accommodates hundreds of people and has bookable private booths. Here, you can feast on the ethically and sustainably sourced seasonal British menu, or have a quick bite from pop-up residents Burger Shack. Oh, and some of their beer is brewed on-site, too.
City Barge, Chiswick
Further upstream in Chiswick is the City Barge. It's also right on the Thames and has a herb garden with lots more seating adjacent to the pub. There are tables in front of the pub on the towpath, but they do flood at high tide so prepare to move a little further back if it hits. Foodie favourites here include the soft-shell 'crabocado' burger with miso mayo, and pork cooked three ways.
White Hart, Barnes
For the perfect spot to watch the rowers go by, head to the White Hart in Barnes, where you can sit on the terrace outside the bar, or at the upstairs terrace for food, both of which overlook the Thames. It’s a peaceful part of the river but the pub’s lively enough. And when the sun comes out so does the barbecue, so make sure you order the swordfish to go with your pint.
Canal 125, King's Cross
If the Thames is all a bit much then check out Canal 125 on Regent’s Canal. It’s calmer than the river but just as beautiful in the sunshine, and has a restaurant and bar set in a nineteenth-century building. There’s outside seating to soak in the view and award-winning food. Bloody-big-beer-battered fish and chips, anyone?
Thamesis Dock, Lambeth
Finally, a pub that is a boat. Tamesis Dock is a converted 1930s Dutch barge that’s permanently moored on the Thames between Lambeth and Vauxhall bridges. There’s indoor and outdoor seating with a cracking view of London’s riverside sites. Expect pub classics, food-wise, including burgers and scotch eggs, and if you pick the right day, there's live music too.