The Old Thameside Pub

This past Saturday we had beautiful weather, which put me in the mood to wander along the Thames. Wandering makes me thirsty. We’ve been by this pub, The Old Thameside, on many occasions but never stopped for a drink.

Not every pub has its own superhero!

Not every pub has its own superhero!

Luckily we found a group leaving a table and I moved in quickly. This pub is always crowded. It’s near London Bridge and not too far away is Borough Market and Clink prison. I love that name: Clink. Right behind the pub is the remains of Winchester Palace and next to the pub is a replica of The Golden Hind. The original belonged to Sir Francis Drake. The pub used to be an old spice warehouse.

A horrible shot of the Golden Hind

A horrible shot of the Golden Hind

Some of you may not care about the history. Here are the views and I should note I was too lazy to stand for better photos.

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And for others, the beer was plentiful. They had a wide selection of real ales. I had two half pints. The first was called Ice Breaker. It was okay, but a bit too hoppy for me. The second, No. 8 Cherry Pale was wonderful. I would have that one again. I’d probably pass on Ice Breaker, however, I’m glad I tried it.


We didn’t eat there, unless you count sharing a small bowl of pistachios. In case you ever go to the pub with me, here’s a warning. I may slap your hand away from the nuts. Just ask The Better Half. After an hour, the temperature dropped a little so we sought out a different pub. Check back next week.


If you can handle crowds, this pub is worth a visit. So if you find yourself near the Clink (hopefully not in it) hop on in. On a warm day, the view is great.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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34 Responses to The Old Thameside Pub

  1. I won’t touch your nuts if you keep your hands off my sticky buns. Do we have a deal?

  2. It’s nice to get a recommendation of a new beer to try, however the names probably are different Stateside. I remember going to a biergarten in Boulder, CO. I ordered something and it was awful. So, the next time I ordered those 6 different ales instead of one you can purchase in very small mugs so as not to commit another mistake. I figured I was upping my chances on liking a few.

    • TBM says:

      I used to live near Boulder. I loved hiking around there–such a beautiful place. Some of the pubs here allow you have a sample before committing to a pint or half-pint. I find that’s really helpful. I like the way you think!

  3. bulldog says:

    Now this I love.. still visiting the Pubs.. you go for it.. I love it…

  4. I remember visiting the GH replica a zillion years ago. We went on to The Prospect of Whitby. No idea how far it is from the GH though!! It was at least 40 years ago 😀

  5. I love the name Clink too. Glad you had some nice weather!

    • TBM says:

      The weather was great last weekend! Can’t stay home when it’s like that. Today we’re having some rain. A good movie/book day.

  6. That pub looks like it has lovely ambiance, but even though you mentioned that the weather was beautiful, I was wondering if the ale was warm. I’m a yank. I like my suds cold.

  7. IsobelandCat says:

    There’s a wonderfully moody photo of this spot when it was still part of the docks at MoL. It used to be on display, though I am not sure if it is now. I dn’t mind the pub, but it is usually, as you say, so crowded. Have you found The Lord Clyde yet? Not far away near Marshalsea Road. It is a friendly local pub.

  8. Glad you seemed to enjoy this pub, and that the second ale you tried ended up being a winner! 🙂

  9. poppytump says:

    Ah one I have visited ! Imagine it all round there in the ye olde days of the Clink …

  10. Rorybore says:

    Love the atmosphere of this place! It reminds me of several pubs back in my hometown. And makes me get itchy for the patio of my local Irish pub to open when the weather finally gets warm enough over here (that will be late May – sigh). The picture of the ship actually looks pretty good if you click to make it larger.

    • TBM says:

      I love visiting different pubs, but there is something to be said about going to your local and having people you see all the time. I hope the weather surprises you and warms up sooner. All of you deserve it! I kept trying to get more photos of the ship but I only had my cell phone and whenever I got ready, a ton of people would walk by. Oh well. It was nice to see all the people out, enjoying the weather.

  11. You need a proper London guide…

  12. I love the walk from the South Bank all the way along to Tower Bridge – and this is one of the good stopping off ponts for refreshments!

    • TBM says:

      you would have enjoyed the walk we did. It was so beautiful out. I love seeing the Thames on sunny days. And the South Bank is a special place.

  13. Letizia says:

    Clink is a great name, I agree! Two and half pints…. I’d be under the table, sadly. I’m impressed 🙂

  14. Like you, I love nuts. Thanks for the warning. I’ll bring my own stash.

    Hope you are doing well. I’m trying to catch up a bit. I don’t know if I will ever manage. Sad, isn’t it? Sorry to be SO late getting here.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  15. aFrankAngle says:

    Great location along the river would be easy to enjoy. Very small local breweries are a current craze in the US. Does London have them? Do pubs there brew their own beer to feature?

  16. aFrankAngle says:

    PS: As a baseball fan, you will enjoy my current post.

  17. The Guat says:

    Anything that has a superhero in front of it is worth a second look … at least that’s what my son says. 🙂 Hey but I do love that patio photo looks like a really cool place to hang.

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