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 2nd March 2020




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. 

The Cutty Sark

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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 White Cross

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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.