Make the most of the last of the summer sunshine at one of west London’s brilliant Thames-side pubs, bars and restaurants
Lead image: The Bingham, Richmond
1 The Dove, Hammersmith
This historical Fuller’s pub has been a fixture in Hammersmith for centuries, and continues to offer good beer, great food, and a warm welcome. At the first hint of sunshine, expect the outside to be heaving, so arrive early to bag a table.
2 Annie’s, Chiswick
Set just back from the river, on Strand-on-the-Green, Annie’s is the perfect place to refuel after a riverside walk. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all covered, plus there’s cocktail hour and morning coffee too. Keep your eyes peeled for local celebs, who have been fans of this local institution since it opened over a decade ago.
3 The White Hart, Barnes
As well as a stunning interiors offering beautiful views of the Thames, there’s a pretty garden as well as benches on the towpath right on the water’s edge at this first-rate Young’s pub. As well as a strong selection of ales, there’s formal dining in the Terrace Bar upstairs, and pub fare available in the downstairs bar.
4 Gaucho, Richmond
Located away from the main ‘drag’ of pubs and restaurants on Richmond’s glorious riverside, Gaucho offers a slice of sophistication on its sleek terrace, where you can indulge in an exemplary Argentinean steak and glass of wine to match.
5 The City Barge, Chiswick
The City Barge has been on Strand-on-the-Green since the 14th century, and has just undergone an extensive refurbishment. There’s outside seating on both sides of the building, and lots of period features to admire inside. Food is just as important as the drinks at this quirky, stylish riverside tavern.
6 The White Cross, Richmond
It’s doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy the location of this landmark pub on Richmond Riverside – it’s just as nice to sit in the cosy interior during winter, watching the Thames go by outside.
7 The Bingham, Richmond
This beautiful boutique hotel offers gorgeous river views from both its dining room and bar, where you can enjoy afternoon tea or, in the evening, stunning cocktails. There’s also a balcony where you can really soak up the tranquillity of the riverside location,
8 River Café, Hammersmith
This Hammersmith landmark needs little introduction, and remains one of west – if not all of – London’s premier dining destinations, with the river lending not only its name, but also a wonderful backdrop to this fantastic restaurant.
9 The Depot, Barnes
There’s a new conservatory at this Barnes favourite, that’s discreetly located in Tideway Yard in Barnes, meaning views are even lovlier, to match a menu of brasserie favourites and tempting wines.