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London’s waterside resorts: Hammersmith – ‘The Little Easy’

Posted at 12:30 pm, April 5, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment


Want a waterside jaunt without leaving the city? Look no further…

London’s answer to…

New Orleans. There’s a French Quarter feel to the quaint waterfront townhouses with their pretty, curlicued balconies. Although the Hammersmith vibe is less voodoo-laced gumbo and more fish, chips and a pint.

Roll with it

Go slow, just like the glorious Thames. Sup a beer, feed the ducks, zen out to the bobbing houseboats at Dove Pier and watch the sun dip behind Hammersmith Bridge.

Push the boat out…

…with a trip to The River Café. The views are stunning, the food is delicious and the prices… well, the prices are expensive. For somewhere cheap as chips (literally), try the grub-slinging boozers dotted along the Upper and Lower Malls.

Drink it all in

A pub crawl! In the sun! Marvellous. Begin at The Blue Anchor, one of England’s oldest watering holes (we can recommend its delicious own-brewed ale). Sink pint number two at The Dove, whose riverside patio is a prime spot to watch the Boat Race. Finish the day by moseying west to the delightful Old Ship, for a sundowner (mine’s a G&T).

Local knowledge

Thrice bombed and nearly destroyed by a lorry, Hammersmith Bridge is London’s unluckiest river crossing. Thankfully, at time of writing, it’s still standing (we just checked Google Street View). So grab a Boris bike from the north side docking station, cross over and pedal west along the Thames Path to Barnes or Richmond.

London phrasebook

‘Friend, shall we gourge ourselves on beer and snacks at this Thameside oasis?’

‘Mate, fancy a pint by the river and luzzing a few Chipsticks at the ducks?’

By Michael Curle

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