The Captain Kidd Maritime London Restaurants
The Captain Kidd pub was named after a Scottish colonial ship-owner who became a privateer (to hunt and capture pirates) and later turned to piracy himself; he was arrested, convicted and hanged at Wapping on May 23 1701. During his execution the rope broke; he was hanged on the second attempt. His body remained on the gallows until it had been washed by three tides; it was then tarred (for preservation)
and placed in gibbets for public display at Tilbury Point in Essex to discourage other pirates. The 17th Century building was originally a warehouse used by tradesmen making boats, repairing sails and working on the river.
108 Wapping High Street, Wapping
Tel: 020 7480 5759
The Cutty Sark Tavern
An 1805 Grade II listed building - was the Union Tavern until it was renamed in 1954 when the Cutty Sark arrived at Greenwich permanently. The pub is designed to resemble the inside of an 18th century ship: low-beamed ceilings, creaky wooden floors, dark panelling and beams like a ship’s timbers.
Lassell St, Greenwich
Tel: 020 8858 3146
The Dickens Inn
Discover the historic Dickens Inn pub within the tranquil setting of St Katharine Docks. This luxury marina just east of Tower Bridge was originally used to store luxury good from the Orient, reminders of which can be found in the names that surround The Dickens Inn such as, Ivory House and Marble Quay. The Dickens Inn offers a traditional London pub atmosphere, moments from the Tower of London.
St Katharine Docks, St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1UH
Tel: 020 7488 2208
Doggetts Coat & Badge
A riverside pub named after a rowing race that was founded in 1715 by actor Thomas Doggett for newly qualified Thames Watermen and Lightermen. Still operating today, the rowing race runs from London Bridge to Cadogan Pier, Chelsea, and the winner is awarded the Coat and Badge.
1 Blackfriars Bridge, London, SE1 9UD
Tel: 020 7633 9081
Years ago people used to wade into the mud alongside the River Thames at low tide to scavenge for bits of coal, copper nails, rope, bones and anything else they could sell, this practice was known as mudlarking. Thankfully you need not get so messy getting yourself some food and drink at this pub tucked away next to Southwark
Cathedral. The pub has a beer garden to relax in during the summer months.
4 Montague Close, London SE1 9DA
Tel: 020 7940 9921
The Gypsy Moth
Built in 1795, the Gipsy Moth changed its name from the Wheatsheaf to Gipsy Moth in 1975. This was to mark the arrival in Greenwich of Gypsy Month IV. This was the boat in which Francis Chichester completed the first single handed round the world voyage in 1967. It now nestles in the dry dock next to the Cutty Sark. Francis Chichester was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II on the steps in front of the
Royal Naval College. The Queen used the same sword that was used to knight Sir Frances Drake, in 1581, on board his ship the Golden Hinde at Deptford in the presence of Queen Elizabeth I.
60 Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich
Tel: 020 8858 0786
Horniman at Hays
Housed on the riverfront in Hay’s Galleria this pub is a tribute to Frederick Horniman, a famous tea dealer. As a reminder of his trade and travels the pub is decorated with murals of far-flung places and clocks from Horniman’s office telling the time in various parts of the world. Hay's Wharf, as the galleria used to be known, was the
oldest (founded in 1651) and largest in the Pool of London, housing New Zealand butter and cheese and other produce – during those times this area of the Thames was known as The Larder Of London.
Hay’s Galleria, Counter Street, off Tooley Street, London SE1
Tel: 020 7407 1991
The Prospect of Whitby
The Prospect of Whitby is London's oldest and one of the most famous riverside taverns, which started life in 1520 as The Devil's Tavern due to the villany of its customers. The fine views, much appreciated by today's visitors, were sketched in earlier times by Turner and Whistler. A noose hanging outside the pub's window is
presumably in honour of 'hanging' Judge George Jeffreys, who was infamous for sentencing people to the gallows; he lived nearby and was a regular at the Prospect of Whitby until anti-royalists toppled the Crown and sent him scarpering for his life. He was captured in the nearby Town of Ramsgate pub and given a taste of his own
medicine: he was hanged.
57 Wapping Wall
Tel: 020 7481 1095
Town of Ramsgate
This pub originates from the Wars of The Roses in the 15th century. By 1750, the pub was just one of 36 along the High Street alone, serving the thirsty needs of the shipyards and wharves that made Wapping one of the busiest parts of London. In the 19th Century, it came to be called the Town of Ramsgate after the fishermen who
landed their catches at Wapping Old Stairs. Those Old Stairs are still next door, and you can still see the post to which the bodies of hanged pirates were chained and then left for three tides to wash over them.
62 Wapping High Street, Wapping
Tel: 020 7481 8000
The Trafalgar Tavern is situated on the River Thames at Greenwich in one of the most exceptional heritage sites. The award winning riverside bar is warm and inviting and is a popular meeting place for visitors and locals alike. Enjoy the Trafalgar Tavern’s whitebait supper just as Charles Dickens used to.
Park Row, London SE10 9NW
Tel: 020 8858 2437
Balls Brothers at Hay’s
Located within a 19th century wharf, Balls Brothers at Hay's Galleria has a contemporary seafood restaurant and wine bar. The restaurant has outside tables for dining under the huge glass atrium of the galleria.
Hay’s Galleria, Tooley Street, London SE1
Tel: 020 7407 4301
Butlers Wharf Building - this old renovated riverside warehouse is home to four Conran restaurants collectively known as Conran’s Gastrodrome. They offer excellent and varied dining options with a view of Tower Bridge and the working Thames.
Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, London SE1
A large selection of fresh fish such as organic salmon, sea bass, snapper and squid which can be grilled or steamed and served with the sauce of your choice. Children's menu always available.
3b Belvedere Road, London SE1 7GP
Tel. 020 7401 6734
Lightship Ten is the oldest surviving lightship (like a floating lighthouse!) in the world, built in 1877, with a long history of service and adventure. It has been beautifully refurbished and given new life as a unique dining venue docked at St Katharine Docks near Tower Bridge. The lightship serves up European/Scandinavian cuisine
to enjoy in the below deck restaurant as well as a bar on the upper deck.
5a St Katharine’s Way, West Dock, St Katharine Docks, London E1W 1LP
Tel: 020 7481 3123
Simple fish dishes with a modern twist. The menu (which changes daily) offers some of the best seafood available from around Britain’s coastlines – Cornish crabs and lobsters, langoustine from Scotland, oysters from Ireland, whelks from Dorset
43 The Cut, London SE1 8LF
Tel: 020 7928 7211
Mediterranean riverside restaurant specialising in fish, grilled meat and vegetable dishes. Also serves morning and afternoon teas and coffee.
Gabriel's Wharf, London SE1 9PP
Tel: 020 7401 7314
In the 19th century, Cabinet ministers often travelled down river from Westminster to the Trafalgar to relish a Greenwich speciality – a whitebait supper, still available today.
Park Row, London SE10
Tel: 020 8858 2437
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