Top 10 river Thames bars in London


With sunny days upon us – take a look at the top 10 bars on the river Thames, London attractions:

RS Hispaniola

This is a unique bar on the river, which boasts splendid views of the London Eye and Houses of Parliament. Enjoy some innovative cocktails at the Pore Vault, great wines in the Pinkton Parlour and other refreshments on the Hoola Beach Bar.


This bar boasts an iconic green marble bar and dramatic views of the Thames. Serving both gorgeous cocktails and the usual British classics. The team draw from their many years behind bars and kitchens to concoct drinks that are superb.

The OXO Tower

For unbeatable views and a classic venue, this is the bar to go to! It offers breathtaking views of the capital, looking north towards St Paul’s Cathedral. The drinks list is extensive and cocktails are the house speciality.

Tom’s Kitchen

This is founded by chef Tom Aikens – it is a quayside deli and bar at the iconic London landmark, HMS Belfast and overlooks Tower Bright and the Tower of London. The deli offers a signature range of sandwiches, fresh salads and platters, bakery and beverages.

The Riverfront

This has to be one of the most popular bars on the Southbank with a consistent stream of customers who are either strolling by or catching artistic performances and exhibitions nearby. Its popularity is partly due to its trendy outdoor space overlooking the river Thames. They specialise in British ales and have their own take on classics such as sausage rolls and burgers.

The Oyster Shed

This fantastic bar sits on the north bank of London’s Thames. The large, double decker, glass-fronted bar has a nautically themed interior and as the name might suggest – they do a damn fine oyster or two, always brought in fresh that morning. They also have a wine list created by a Master of Wine and a few interesting ales (being ultimately owned by Young’s pubs).

The Waterfront

This bar is part of a new apartment complex in Wandsworth, it is not so well known which makes it perfect for relaxing with a good book or Sunday newspapers. It has a really nice terrace and friendly service.

The Riverside

The Riverside Bar & Restaurant is right on the bank of the Thames and an ideal spot to catch some of those precious sun rays. It is hidden away in St George Wharf in Vauxhall, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor seating which is spread between two terraces.

The Perkin Reveller

The Perkin Reveller not only boasts a beautiful daytime view of its famous neighbour, Tower Bridge, but if you stop until nightfall it is fantastic; all the lights come on for a truly memorable visit.

Anchor Bankside

With its magnificent location right on South Bank, Anchor Bankside is always extremely busy. Nestled between Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and The Golden Hinde, it attracts tourists and locals alike to drink and dine on its waterside terrace. On particularly sunny afternoons, arrive early if you want to get a prime position!