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Fancy a pint or craft beer in a Greenwich pub? With riverside pubs, historic boozers and traditional taverns, there are many Greenwich pubs to raise a glass in (or three).
Greenwich pubs and bars are renowned for their bevy of beer gardens, maritime theming and their riverside views. Plus craft beer goodness from several local London breweries based in Greenwich like Greenwich Meantime Brewing and BBNO Brewing.
From gastropubs to good old British boozers, brewery bars to traditional taverns, here is our guide to the best pubs in Greenwich, London (2023):
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1. Trafalgar Tavern
An iconic inn built in 1837, this is one of the most popular pubs on the river in the whole of Greenwich as it overlooks the Thames and sits right on the Thames path.
The Trafalgar Tavern is a superb spot for summer-time drinking (speaking from experience – we’ve drank at the Trafalgar Tavern SO MANY times). It can sometimes be a tad touristy but the views are stunning both indoors and out.
If you can’t bag one of the outdoor tables that sit directly on the water, no need to worry as there is heaps of room both inside and outside to enjoy your beer.
The Trafalgar Tavern is a Grade I listed pub and has been frequented by the likes of Charles Dickens (who even included the pub in a scene in his last novel, Our Mutual Friend).
On our last visit to the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich in summer 2023, the pub had even been bedecked with old bunting and set-dressing as part of a movie shoot – very cool!
Easily one of the best riverside pubs in London and in Greenwich, take a step back in time at the Trafalgar Tavern.
Address: The Trafalgar Tavern, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NW
2. Richard The First / Richard I Pub
Boasting one of the biggest beer gardens in Greenwich, the Richard the First pub is located on Royal Hill, hidden away in a quiet residential area of Greenwich.
We love this Greenwich pub mainly because of the gorgeous outdoor beer garden complete with picnic tables, a huge terrace plus even a doggy drinking water stand (or as they call it “..a furry friend refuelling station”).
The wood panelled historic interior around the main serving area at Richard The First is warm and welcoming.
The indoor seating area has a huge glass roof making it a sun-trap and a perfect place to wolf down a Sunday roast or pub grub.
Address: Richard The First, 52/54 Royal Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8RT
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3. The Cutty Sark
A little walk away from Greenwich town centre, located smack bang on the Thames, the Cutty Sark Tavern is an old inn with an outside beer garden (albeit quite concrete) and depending on who you believe, started life in either 1695 or 1795 (either way, pretty old!).
With unobstructed views of the River Thames and an excellent view of the O2 in North Greenwich, this riverside pub in Greenwich is also within easy walking distance of Brew By Numbers Morden Wharf brewery taproom – talk about a good day out on the river.
A gorgeous Georgian pub, the Cutty Sark also has a rather nice upstairs dining area on the first floor that has panoramic views of the river and the cobbled streets below.
Address: The Cutty Sark, 4-6 Ballast Quay, London SE10 9PD
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4. The Sail Loft
A fine Fuller’s pub on the river Thames and just a couple of minutes’ walk from Cutty Sark Gardens, this is a nice way to enjoy a beer or hearty pub grub by the water.
On our last visit to The Sail Loft bar / pub in Greenwich, we were surprised to see a huge cruise ship had docked right in front of the pub – so we enjoyed sunset ciders on the terrace with a classic Greenwich maritime view (this also means the Sail Loft gets very busy when the London cruise ships are in town).
This is a superb spot for a Sunday roast in Greenwich and also freshly beer battered fish and chips.
The Sail Loft also has tonnes of maritime theming inside plus a huge beer terrace overlooking the Thames Path.
For the best views indoors at the Sail Loft, enjoy your meal or drinks on the first floor which looks out towards Canary Wharf and Docklands.
Address: The Sail Loft Greenwich, 11 Victoria Parade, London SE10 9FR
5. Kings Arms Greenwich
A short walk from Greenwich Park, the King’s Arms is a gorgeous Greene King brewery pub that serves up traditional ales plus cracking craft beer from London breweries such as Beavertown Brewing in Tottenham.
We last visited the King’s Arms on a hot August afternoon in summer 2023 and the bar was buzzing with tourists (possibly because of the 2 for 1 Happy Hour), overflowing into the beer garden outside (complete with beach hut style sheds).
Built in the 1890s and still with old wooden floors, panelled interiors and lots of cosy snugs, the King’s Arms is a gem of a Greenwich pub which also does hot food and cocktails galore.
Address: The Kings Arms, 16 King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9JH
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6. The Old Brewery
In the shadow of the River Thames and the Old Naval Royal Naval College in Greenwich, take a peep into the The Pepys Building to discover a former old brewery (once the Greenwich Meantime Brewery).
Now known simply as the The Old Brewery Bar, you can enjoy a meal in the old brewery room (complete with the original Greenwich Meantime brewery vats) or sit in the walled beer garden outside; there are even a few tables overlooking the Cutty Sark so talk about craft beer brews with views.
The small snug bar itself inside the Old Brewery Bar is OK but for us, the majesty of the dining room is the best bit of the Old Brewery Bar with a huge vaulted ceilings, dining booths and wall illustrations. This area of the bar is open for diners only but you can enjoy a sneak peek when you visit the toilets.
As well as an alfresco bar and a burger shack outside on the terrace, the beer selection at the Old Brewery bar is pretty good – and yep, you can try Greenwich Meantime beer on tap. Cheers!
Address: The Old Brewery, The Pepys Building, The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London SE10 9LW
7. The Gipsy Moth Greenwich
This is possibly the most popular pub in Greenwich (especially with visiting tourists) as it is located next to the Cutty Sark.
So if you are feeling bold, you could always climb the Cutty Sark rig and then reward yourself with a craft beer afterwards (now that is a fun day out in Greenwich!). Or you can just watch others climb the rig from the comfort of the Gipsy Moth beer garden (more our style!).
The Gipsy Moth pub was named after the vessel in which Sir Francis Chichester sailed around the world in, and which was once docked nearby the site of the pub.
Greenwich’s Gipsy Moth pub has a fantastic floral outdoor terrace beer garden.
We always try to grab one of the tables directly facing the Cutty Sark itself which is not as easy as it sounds; you often have to queue outside the Gipsy Moth in the summer months to secure a table.
Although the Gipsy Moth service can be a bit hit and miss (it is very popular with tourists so the bar queues can be huge), the location is amazing and they do a nice line in traditional pub grub like fish and chips.
Address: The Gipsy Moth, 60 Greenwich Church Street, London SE10 9BL
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8. Brew By Numbers Morden Wharf Brewery
We’d rate Brew By Numbers Morden Wharf Brewery as not only a great Greenwich pub but also one of the best brewery taprooms in London.
Similar in design (minimalist) to their Bermondsey Beer Mile branch (alas now closed) BBNO’s SE London / Greenwich brewery taproom not only has an incredible range on tap but also has an incredible riverside setting, boasting views of the Thames.
As well as a top taproom set-up, Brew By Numbers Morden Wharf taproom has ample outdoor space so is perfect for pets of families, plus it has a street food vendor outside (pizza was the main dish last time we visited) making it a prime spot for an all day session.
Address: Brew By Numbers Morden Wharf Brewery, Southern Warehouse, Morden Wharf Road, London SE10 0NU
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9. The Mitre
Located right next to all the comings and goings of Church Street (Greenwich’s main high street) and Greenwich Vintage Market, The Mitre is a Greenwich pub in the thick of the action and a perfect place for a post-shopping pint.
Originally dating back to the 18th century, this is a classic Greenwich pub that also has a small beer garden with heaters, making it an all weather boozer. It even has an iconic and vintage red telephone box outside!
The Mitre pub usually has a good selection of beers on tap and serves traditional English pub grub like ‘bangers and mash’ and Sunday roasts – some of the best pub food in Greenwich.
Address: The Mitre, 291 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 8NA
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10. The Morden Arms
A classic backstreet boozer located on Greenwich’s Brand Street (close to Richard the First pub too), The Morden Arms is a no frills neighbourhood pub that prides itself on its live folk music and well poured pints of Guinness. The Morden Arms even has the odd lunchtime concert.
One of the cheapest pubs in Greenwich (note they are cash only) with a small area outside overlooking the nearby houses, The Morden Arms classes itself a ‘wet-led’ pub meaning this is all about the beer and booze.
Address: The Morden Arms, 1 Brand Street, Greenwich, London SE10 8SP
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11. Ye Old Rose & Crown
The best of British food and traditional tipples and ales, Ye Olde Rose and Crown is a corner pub located next door to the Greenwich Theatre and just across from the Fan Museum – so a perfect place for pre-theatre pints or an excellent place to ‘cool off’ after the Fan Museum.
Ye Olde Rose & Crown once had a starring role in the British movie ‘Beautiful Thing’ and also hosts weekly cabaret drag acts and bingo night with Miss Aisles.
A Greenwich pub with real character and charm, Ye Olde Rose and Crown blooms into life most evenings and is a short stroll away from Greenwich Park.
Address: Ye Olde Rose & Crown Greenwich, 1 Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ER
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12. The Coach and Horses Greenwich
The closest Greenwich pub to the north end of Greenwich Market, the Coach and Horses pub is hard to miss with its beautiful blue exterior and gold awnings.
As well as a cosy interior (with a burning log-fire in winter), the best bit about the Coach and Horses (other than their sublime scotch egg and sausage roll collection) is the beer garden that is located in the heart of Greenwich Market – a perfect place to people-watch and enjoy a pint in Greenwich).
Like the Greenwich Market, The Coach and Horses is open daily for pub grub, cold beers and sips of sauv.
Address: The Coach and Horses, Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ
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13. The Admiral Hardy
At the opposite end of Greenwich Market, you’ll find another pub within a few metres of The Coach & Horses – The Admiral Hardy (this has all the makings of a Greenwich Market pub crawl!).
Serving good pub grub like fish and chips and satisfying Sunday roasts, make a night of it in Greenwich at the Admiral Hardy and stay in their guesthouse directly above the bar (so you can overindulge if you so wish).
In the winter months, wrap up warm by the roaring log fire and get cosy in the Admiral Hardy snug. The beer garden overlooking Greenwich Market is also undercover so this is a great place to drink on a rainy day in Greenwich too.
Address: The Admiral Hardy, 7 College Approach, Greenwich, SE10 9HY
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14. The Yacht
Looking for a ship-shape bar in Greenwich? Step into the Yacht pub, right next door to the Trafalgar Tavern (so close in fact, you could walk the plank there).
There are also several TV screens in here making The Yacht one of the best Greenwich pubs for live sports.
Address: The Yacht, 5 Crane Street, Greenwich London SE10 9NP
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14. The Greenwich Tavern
The best pub in Greenwich for alfresco ales or outdoor draft pints with views of Greenwich Park and the Royal Observatory.
Greenwich Tavern is a classic British boozer – it is also blessed with a backyard beer garden and plenty of cocktails and craft beers to choose from.
From mussel pots to poke bowls, sausage and mash to superfood salads, the Greenwich Tavern has something to suit all tastes.
It is also a good spot for Sunday roasts in Greenwich (and you can walk it off in the park afterwards).
Address: Greenwich Tavern, 1 King William Walk, London SE10 9JH
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15. The Spanish Galleon
Set sail to Greenwich for a visit to the Spanish Galleon, an 1830’s public house that is very close to all the main shops in Greenwich plus just metres away from the historic Cutty Sark.
In the summer months, Greenwich’s Spanish Galleon pub is bedecked with flowers and hanging baskets (like a mini version of the famous Churchill Arms famous floral display) and is a Grade II listed building.
You can even see an old naval uniform on the walls of the bar that was unearthed from the cellar during renovations in the 1980s.
Address: The Spanish Galleon, 48 Greenwich Church Street, London SE10 9BL
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16. The Gate Clock – JD Wetherspoon Greenwich pub
We KNOW Wetherspoons aren’t the best pubs in London but they are inexpensive, so if you are looking for a cheap night out in Greenwich (or even somewhere to start a Greenwich pub crawl), the Greenwich Wetherspoons might be a good bet.
People from overseas may not have heard of the Wetherspoon chain, but it is known as one of the least expensive bar brands in the United Kingdom.
This is also one of the only pubs in Greenwich where you can order using an app on your phone without having to go to the bar.
Pints of ale at the Wetherspoons Greenwich pub start from as little as £1.99 so it is definitely the cheapest pub in Greenwich (excluding happy hours).
This might also be a good opportunity to try a traditional England breakfast (fry-up) or other traditional English dishes.
Address: The Gate Clock Wetherspoon Greenwich, Cutty Sark, 210 Creek Road, London SE10 9RB
17. The Pelton Arms SE10
One of the best looking pubs in Greenwich, the Pelton Arms SE10 is a beautiful bar and vintage Victorian boozer hidden away in the side streets.
The first thing you notice as you approach for the Pelton Arms pub for a pint is the gorgeous green tiles on the exterior.
Inside, you’ll find traditional ales and craft beers on tap plus as well as the usual pub grub menu serving up rump steak and chips.
There is also a dedicated woodfired pizza menu (best enjoyed in the The Pelton Arms beer garden).
Address: The Pelton Arms, 23-25 Pelton Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9PQ
18. Greenwich Meantime Brewery Tour
A relative ‘newby’ on the London brewery, the Meantime Brewery’s first site in Greenwich opened in 2010, after originally being brewed in nearby Charlton.
Meantime Brewing is now one of the most established breweries in London and you’ll see their beer being poured in most major London bars.
They have a couple of bases in Greenwich including their main brewery and taproom in North Greenwich where you can do a guided brewery tour and beer tasting.
You can enjoy a Meantime Brewery tour at their Tasting Room in North Greenwich at Blackwall Lane, which lasts 1.5 hours and enables you to sample most of Meantime’s core craft beer range. The Meantime Brewery tour also includes 4 x ⅓ pint tastings.
Meantime Brewing Beer tours and tastings start from £25 per person as at August 2023.
Address: Meantime Brewery Tasting Room, Blackwall Lane, Lawrence Trading Estate, London, SE10 0AR
Other things to do in Greenwich, London with Greenwich Pub Pairings
There are lots of things to do in Greenwich in addition to Greenwich pubs including:
Greenwich market has it all and is one of the most historic London markets. It first opened over 200 years ago in 1737 and moved to its current location in the 1800s.
At Greenwich Market, the arts and crafts markets take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the weekends, with the antiques and collectables market taking place on Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays.
Best Greenwich pub to combine this with – The Admiral Hardy
You can also enjoy the hustle and bustle of Greenwich Market from the beer garden of The Admiral Hardy, which directly looks out over Greenwich Market.
Greenwich Royal Observatory
High on the hill in Greenwich Park, the Greenwich Royal Observatory is where time started (sort of!) – and you can stand on the historic prime meridian of the world (where GMT actually begins).
Opened in 1676, Greenwich Royal Observatory played a significant role in the history of astronomy and navigation and it is now home to a museum detailing all that took place here.
Best Greenwich pub to combine this with – The Greenwich Tavern
Head straight down the hill in Greenwich Park from the Royal Observatory and the first pub you’ll see is the Greenwich Tavern. Grab a seat outside with a pint and admire the Observatory from afar.
The Cutty Sark
Time for tea! Well, kind of – The Cutty Sark stands proud in the heart of Greenwich, acting as a rather fitting focal point.
Built in 1869, Greenwich’s The Cutty Sark is the world’s only surviving tea-clipper, and it’s history can be explored as you wander around the exterior of the vessel as well as a cleverly designed museum which sits in the ship’s bow.
The architecture and layout of the museum is rather ingenious, much of it reimagined after an outbreak of fire in 2007.
Best Greenwich pub to combine this with
A tough choice. The closest pubs are likely the Gipsy Moth (the best beer garden overlooking the Cutty Sark vessel) or the Old Brewery Bar next door for opulent interiors and a view of the Cutty Sark from afar).
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