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16 April 2009

Drink with Horatio Nelson at the Trafalgar Tavern

Going to Greenwich always feels a bit like being at the seaside, and nowhere is this feeling more acute than when having a drink at the Trafalgar Tavern.

Built in the year Victoria came to the throne, 1837, this public house was at the forefront of Britain's naval history, and it attracted such high profile visitors as William Ewart Gladstone, who dined here with all his ministers in an annual tradition known as the ministerial whitebait dinner, and Charles Dickens, who enjoyed the experience so much he kept notes of his visits in his diary and based a scene from his book Our Mutual Friend here.

Whilst there are other great pubs in the area, the Trafalgar Tavern's excellent riverside setting beside the Old Royal Naval College is unrivalled (if we forget about the Yacht next door for a moment), and has the added benefit of being able to enjoy a drink by the Thames, overlooked by a statue of Horatio Nelson.

For more information on the pub, why not visit the website at http://www.trafalgartavern.co.uk/.

Click here to see the location on a map.

^Picture from flickr courtesy of MairiMcCann^

1 comment:

  1. This is one of my favourite pub views in London - there you are sitting at this fine old building, looking across the water at the city-of-the-future blocks of Canary Wharf, and up to the right, the hibernating hedgehog of the O2 dome. It's also right on the waterside cycle path that goes from central London all the way to Erith.