How many pubs can you step outside of and actually hear the river splashing against the wooden slats below your feet? The Mayflower is a 400 year-old, dark, musty pub that has barely changed throughout its history, and it's all the better for it. Head outside to the jetty, where the water has been known to soak a foot or two, or upstairs to the safety of the restaurant where the views are even better. The ale selection is great with a range that features Camden Brewery, Meantime, BrewDog and other medium-sized breweries. The food menu is pretty ordinary pub fare, but cheaper than you'd expect in this day and age (about £12 for mains). There's an open fireplace to cosy up by in winter and the aforementioned decking over the Thames for when it gets warm, just be prepared to fight for your spot when it does.
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Draft House, Imperial Warf
This Battersea boozer boasts beer a plenty. And not just your typical, unimaginative lagers mind - an ever-changing selection of guest ales designed to keep all you beer-centrics on your toes. The staff properly know their stuff too, so if you fancy a venture into unknown territory be sure to have a word - 1/3 and 2/3 pints are available if you don't want to jump in at the deep end. Good food, an understated decor and a relaxing vibe make this a great spot to catch the rugby on telly over a beer. There's classic pub grub on offer too with the likes of burgers and fish & chips knocking about.
Town of Ramsgate
It might not be in actual Ramsgate but this traditional pub has got views over the water like any seaside pub. Inside it's a pretty traditional affair, with wooden clad walls and ancient carpets. On tap is a good selection of ales but food-wise you're pretty limited to pub classics like ham, egg and chips. By and large, this is a locals' pub and it isn't a showstopper but the terrace out back is great in summer and considering the dearth of boozers in the area, it does the job nicely.
The Drapers Arms
The Drapers Arms is everything we love in a London pub – it looks like a classy boozer from the 1800s inside and out, it has a massive beer garden, and the menu is restaurant quality. Seriously, this is what London does best. Honour the pub life by getting a pie here. This isn't just any pie though, it's a suet crust slow-cooked beef and mushroom pie...in other words, the food of kings. There are some great ales here, and a tidy wine list to boot if you want to get a bit continental.
Hagen & Hyde
Sometimes, all you need is just a warm, cosy, friendly boozer. And Hagen & Hyde is just that. Here, hidden away from the quiet streets of Balham, locals like to get loud and rowdy on a Monday (quiz night - it gets pretty real), get pretty groovy on the first Thursday of the month (blues jam bebeh) and get totally mash up on the weekend (because there's live Dj sets, but mostly because it's the muthafucking weekend). If it's the quiet, snuggle up with a paper vibe you're looking for - the hearty Sunday roast is pretty delicious.