London River Pubs

If you want to escape the stresses of the city for a little while, you’ll probably want to hear all about London’s many pubs by the water. Offering relaxed and soothing vibes whatever time of the year, these riverside bars and pubs are prime spots for grabbing a drink and switching off from the world. Here’s our tips for the best riverside pubs in London, with a few canalside bars thrown in for good measure.

Last updated on 18th October 2021

Blue Boat

17 user reviews 4

Perched by the Hammersmith river with a maritime theme in tow, The Blue Boat is primed for drinks by the Thames. Brimming with a gastro inspired grub, affordable ales and a cute patio by the river, drinks in the London summer sun know their place here, and you soon will too.

Sail Loft

46 user reviews 4

A gorgeous gastro plot sitting alongside the Thames, The Sail Loft is a great boozer in London for those that want views of the river. Not only toting a selection of affordable plates alongside nautical themed interiors, this place boasts a pretty terrace and sun-trap for warmer months. 

Looking for drinks with a side of river views? The Understudy is bringing together tasty sips from their impressive South Bank haunt. Housed with the National Theatre, the venue serves craft beers, wines and spirits, alongside tasty street food in their square.

The White Cross

482 user reviews 4

You can't get a pint any closer to the banks of the river than at The White Cross. This historical and legendary boozer in Richmond is positioned pretty much on the river, meaning calming views of the water are guaranteed while exploring the menu of classic seasonal food and drinks.

Doggett's Coat & Badge

6 user reviews 5

If you're looking for the best pubs along the river, Doggett's Coat & Badge is one of our favourites. Found right in the heart of South Bank, this cosy pub will have you enjoying drinks with a view of the Thames and chomping on hearty British dishes indoors when temperatures drop.

The Waterside

480 user reviews 4

The Lower Deck is the place to be at Imperial Wharf's The Waterside. Fitted out with spacious comfy booths that lead out towards a heated terrace and views of the river by the same token, it's a stunning London riverside pub where you can enjoy cocktails and food while you chill.

The White Hart Barnes

199 user reviews 4

You can get some pretty special views from the terrace of The White Hart in Barnes, especially on Boat Race day. The pub sits pretty on the banks of the river, with great British cuisine and a world-class selection of wines available in a venue that oozes with a Tudor charm.

The Cutty Sark

1688 user reviews 4

The views from the Cutty Sark pub are the type to make you appreciate just how great this city is. Perched on the banks of the Thames in leafy Greenwich, pull up a pew beside the window and marvel at that stunning landscape featuring the water and Canary Wharf skyline.

The Black Lion Hammersmith

384 user reviews 4

Located just yards away from the stunning banks of the River Thames, The Black Lion is a traditional British Boozer with a welcoming atmosphere and impressive list of ales on tap. In the summer months the roomy terrace plays host to BBQs and live music.