The summer of 2012 in London will be one to remember. As well as the Olympics, Queen Elizabeth will celebrate 60 years on the throne and fingers crossed the Great British weather will defy the odds and grant us with a long, sunny summer spent at some of the Capital’s best riverside pubs…
Barnes and Hammersmith
The Terrace, Riverside, Barnes, London, SW13 0NR T: 020 8876 5177
With two balconies, a large patio area, seating on the riverbank and a BBQ serving the ‘best burgers in town’ you’ll never be short of an alfresco place to sit and enjoy all the British summer has to offer. Inside, The Coxswain room, has unparalleled views over the river and can be booked exclusively.
The Bull’s Head
373 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London, SW13 9PY T: 020 8876 5241
For over 50 years The Bull’s Head has been famous for it’s brilliant jazz club where musicians come together from all over the world to play. Also famed for it’s outstanding views, the village pub faces the river with views of Barnes Bridge and Duke’s Meadow on the north of the water.
The Old Ship
25 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London, W6 9TD T: 020 8748 2593
Locals have been flocking to this waterside favourite since 1722. With alfresco space including a grassy knoll, decked area, terrace and balconies, it’s no wonder that the pub is acclaimed for it’s alfresco areas and recently voted number one in London by a top London listings website.
Putney and Wandsworth
8 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London SW15 1JN T 020 8788 2552
Steeped in British history and still standing tall on the banks of the River Thames after nearly 150 years, Putney’s riverside favourite has recently been given a makeover fit for a monarch. Enjoy a fantastic Sunday lunch in the Coxswain Dining Room, a drink in the RowingClub or host your very own Jubilee party in the upstairs Wolseley Room.
Brewhouse Street, Putney, London, SW15 2NP T: 020 8789 0476
Tucked away off Putney’s bustling high street stands the picturesque Boathouse. The floor to ceiling windows leading to the riverside promenade brings the outside in, the alfresco seating terrace, complete with outdoor heating, wards off the slightly chillier nights and the expansive balcony on the second floor has perfect views over the river and Putney Bridge.
41 Jews Row, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1TB T: 020 8870 9667
On the banks of The Thames by Wandsworth Bridge, the lively Ship is known all over London and beyond as the place to spend hot lazy days. Hidden away from the busy roads, the pub boasts a huge decking area, featuring an alfresco bar and barbecue, as well as draught Pimms on tap, perfect for summer celebrations.
Baltimore Hourse, York Road, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1ZT T: 020 7228 4297
Set within the stylish new Battersea Reach development, the north-facing Waterfront has the honour of all-day summer sun on the terrace and in the decking area, as well as picturesque views over Wandsworth Bridge and the river.
10 The Boulevard, London SW6 2UB T: 020 7371 0802
Split across three levels, the south-facing pub in Imperial Wharf boasts a mezzanine, summer bar and large outdoor terraces with outdoor heaters, making The Riverside a perfect all-day summer retreat.
Hamilton House, 5 St George Wharf, London, SW8 2LE T 020 7735 8129
Hidden away in the St George Wharf complex next to Chelsea Harbour, The Waterside’s stylish alfresco oasis boasts views of the London Eye and Battersea Power Station. With two terraces and room for over 200, the pub is the ideal location for big scale celebrations.
52 Hopton Street, Bankside, London SE1 9JH T: 020 7928 1899
Situated next to Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge, The Founder’s Arms has unrivalled views over The City and St Paul’s Cathedral and is known as a London institution. The stunning glass-fronted pub has a large patio where you can sit and watch the boats go by.
Kingston, Twickenham and Richmond.
Bishop Out Of Residence
2 Bishop’s Hall, off Thames St, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 1QN T: 020 8546 4965
The Bishop’s stunning terrace, with unrivalled views over both the river and Kingston Bridge, is an idyllic location to watch the world go by. With regular barbecues and summer parties, the alfresco area welcomes guests all day, even providing blankets when the sun goes down so the outdoor party can continue.
The Alexander Pope
Cross Deep, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 4RB T: 020 8892 3050
Overlooking Radnor Gardens and the river, The Alexander Pope is just a stone’s throw away from the home of English rugby in Twickenham. With an impressive glass atrium and decked area, it is the perfect basking place to soak up the summer sun.
The White Cross
Riverside, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1TH T:020 8940 6844
The White Cross couldn’t get closer to the river, at high tide this traditional historic pub is cut off from the rest of the city with the river coming right up to it’s doorstep. Walk, run, swim or sail there to witness fantastic views of Richmond Bridge and take time to relax on the sun-drenched courtyard.
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