The best riverside bars in London have the advantage of great scenic locations and are so picturesque that they're a pleasure to visit both during the summer and the winter. If you don't happen to live or work close by, it's worth making the trip to one of the riverside bars featured on our round-up. You may well just end-up deciding to move.
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The Banker is a well-run Fuller’s house on the north bank of the Thames, in a most historic part of the City of London
Cousin Lane, London, EC4R 3TE
(020) 7283 5206
One of a several pubs situated between Hammersmith Bridge and Corney Reach, the Blue Anchor has a nautical theme and serves up a decent selection of real ales from its Thames-side location.
13 Lower Mall, Hammersmith, London, W6 9DJ
(020) 8748 5774
The Boaters Inn is a traditional pub on the waterfront, offering good old pub grub and real ales.
Lower Ham Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 5AU
(020) 8541 4672
The Captain Kidd is a traditional establishment with a contemporary edge, offering views of the river from Wapping High Street.
108 Wapping High Street, Wapping, London, E1W 2NE
(020) 7480 5759
This charming French brassiere is a popular riverside location in Chelsea.
50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, SW3 5LR
(020) 7376 8787
Situated in the picturesque stretch of the river Thames between Hammersmith and Putney bridges, The Crabtree is a delightful gastro pub that serves delicious food daily.
Rainville Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 9HA
(020) 7385 3929
On a pleasant day, the outdoor terraces and garden of the Dickens Inn heave with drinkers enjoying the beauty of St Katherine’s Docks.
Marble Quay, St Katharine Docks, London, E1W 1UH
(020) 7488 2208
Great views near Hammersmith Bridge at the Dove's terrace.
19 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London, W6 9TA
(020) 8748 9474
This is another chance to treat yourself to some glorious views of the river from a marvellously traditional Youngs establishment on Lower Richmond Road.
8 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London, SW15 1JN
(020) 8788 2552
A stunning view over the river from the outdoor decking makes it an ideal spot for a riverside drink.
27 Coldharbour, Docklands, London, E14 9NS
(020) 7515 5222
75-89 Upper Walkway, Camden Lock Place, Camden, London, NW1 8AF
(020) 7284 0007
Lockside is situated in Camden Town and overlooks the lock and the west yard food market. There is a varied food menu at Lockside that makes good use of locally sourced produce. They offer a great range of cocktails from classics to signature choices and a strong selection of English craft beers.
Lockside hosts regular events including cabaret and DJ nights, live music and major sporting events such as the World Cup and Wimbledon.
Historic pub on Rotherhithe Street with a waterfront terrace.
117 Rotherhithe Street, Rotherhithe, London, SE16 4NF
(020) 7237 4088
The Narrow is the stylish dining and drinking destination from Gordon Ramsay that serves up a delectable selection of dishes made with British and European artisan produce. There is a fine selection of wines, beers and cocktails to accompany your meal.
44 Narrow Street, Limehouse, London, E14 8DP
(020) 7592 7950
The Old Ship can be found only a few minutes away from Hammersmith Bridge with splendid views of the river. If ever there was a venue for whiling away the hours of a Sunday afternoon with a pint and a paper...
25 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London, W6 9TD
(020) 8748 2593
Opal is a vibrant bar located on Victoria Embankment. The latest sporting events are shown as well as DJs playing an eclectic mix of tracks. A food menu of globally inspired dishes is available to compliment the extensive drinks list.
Hungerford House, Victoria Embankment, Embankment, London, WC2N 6PA
(020) 7389 9933
Victoria Embankment, Whitehall, London, WC2N 5DJ
(020) 7839 3011
Permanently moored on the Victoria Embankment, R.S Hispaniola serves a selection of Modern European dishes within stylish surroundings. The R.S Hispaniola also has a comprehensive selection of drinks.
Stunning river views dominate this pub, which is one of the few places in London you can sip on a pint whilst watching ducks and geese swim happily by.
10 Thames Bank, Ship Lane, Mortlake, London, SW14 7QR
(020) 8876 1439
Perfect for watching the Thames flow by, the Star and Garter is in the ideal spot for a relaxed pint at the weekend. Situated on the river just by Putney Bridge, the pub is the just the ticket for watching the two teams battling it out in the Oxford/Cambridge Boat race.
4 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London, SW15 1JN
(020) 8788 0345
You can't get much closer to the river than sipping a pint aboard the 1930's Dutch barge - now used as a floating pub.
Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London, SE1 7TP
(020) 7582 1066
Victoria Embankment, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2HR
(020) 7839 6548
The Tattershall Castle is a pub on a boat on the River Thames. The food menu offers classic British dishes such as bangers and mash, steaks or grilled salmon. At weekends they also have the nightclub area open which plays the latest commercial tracks.
Town of Ramsgate is an historic East London pub dating as far back as the War of the Roses with splendid views of the river from Wapping High Street.
62 Wapping High Street, Wapping, London, E1W 2PN
(020) 7481 8000
Nautical-themed riverside boozer in Greenwich.
Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NW
(020) 8858 2909
Sophisticated pub overlooking a stretch of the Thames from its Battersea location.
Baltimore House, Juniper Drive, Battersea, London, SW18 1TZ
(020) 7228 4297
Watch the boats and barges from this fabulous Maida Vale location on the canal path.
54-56 Formosa Street, Maida Vale, London, W9 2JU
(020) 7266 3557
22 Manor Road, Teddington, Surrey, TW11 8BG
(020) 8977 6333
This picturesque bar and restaurant is on the banks of Teddington lock.
Further south towards Barnes, you will find this traditional pub offering a view of the Thames near Chiswick Bridge.
The Terrace, Riverside, Barnes, London, SW13 0NR
(020) 8876 5177
The Wibbley Wobbley is a unique pub housed within a converted boat at South Dock Marina.
South Dock Marina, Rope Street, Rotherhithe, London, SE16 7SZ
(020) 7232 2320
Alfresco dining can be enjoyed on the terrace with a splendid view of the Thames.
5 Ram Passage, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 1HH
(020) 8541 4984