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18 January 2012

Drink at the Gun, E14

Found beside the Thames on Coldharbour in Docklands, the Gun is a beautiful pub about which your author had heard a great deal. He was lucky, therefore, to have an opportunity to pop in on a beautifully sunny Saturday bike ride, and thankfully it was not a disappointment.

We are told that the current pub dates back to the early eighteenth century, and takes its name from a cannon fired to celebrate the opening of the West India Import Docks in 1802. It is a fitting name in an area which once housed iron foundries producing guns for the Royal Navy fleet. The owners also claim that Lord Nelson was a regular patron of The Gun, and would have secret meetings with Lady Emma Hamilton in the beautiful upstairs room, which is now fitted out as a function room called The River Room.

The pub had a roaring log fire on Saturday, and a welcoming terrace with blankets to keep your author warm as he sat watching the boats with a nice cup of tea, as sadly the food was a bit beyond budget. For weekday lunchtime diners, however, there is a more reasonably-priced menu, and the pub might even throw in a free return taxi from Canary Wharf if you ring them first to book.

For more information, see http://www.thegundocklands.com/


  1. It might be pretty random, but I really like your blog especially the tittle of your blog and the header :)

  2. The Gun is a fantastic pub. I've lived on the Isle of Dogs for the past 6 years and this is one of the best pubs i've been to. Has lots of history to it. As far as I know it's just been bought by a large pub chain so hopefully this will keep it up and running for some time. Shame most of the pubs on the Isle of Dogs are closing down. The Queen of the Isle is now a restaurant. The Cubitt Arms is being refurbished into an art studio. Shame!