They say a Sunday well-spent brings a week of content. The last three weeks, Ciaran and I have been to one wedding after another after another and our Sundays have consisted of napping and watching movies on the couch all day. Yesterday was beautiful. The sun was shining and it was warm out. Summer has finally graced us with its presence and we decided to take advantage of the lovely weather and headed out for lunch at St. Katherine’s Docks near Tower Bridge.
We hopped on the train and headed over to Tower Bridge and took a lovely walk along the Thames. It felt good to get out and get some fresh air and revisit an area of London that we both used to go to quite often.
We walked over the bridge, which has some fantastic views of London, including the Tower of London, the Gherkin and the Walkie Talkie building. I find it fascinating that the Tower of London dates back to 1078, yet it’s surrounded by a plethora of modern buildings. An aspect that I love about London is that although it is ever-evolving and new buildings are cropping up all the time, they have done a marvellous job at preserving the historical sites for everyone to continue to enjoy.
We made it over to St. Katherine’s Docks, which is a quiet oasis of restaurants, cafes, gorgeous boats and residences, all tucked behind Tower Bridge. Not many tourists know about this hidden gem, which makes it an ideal destination to escape to for a quiet dinner or lunch. There are a range of restaurants around the Docks including the the usual chain restaurants such as Strada, Slug & Lettuce, Ping Pong and Cafe Rouge. However, we love going to the Dickens Inn, a super cute pub that we first went to a couple years ago.
The Dickens Inn was an original warehouse building in the 18th Century that is believed to have been used for tea or to have been owned by a local brewery. They say that during its early years as a pub, it used to have a sawdust floor and diners used to have candlelight meals on the balcony. Charles Dickens’s grandson formally re-opened the Inn in 1976 and said that his Great Grandfather would have loved it. It is not yet known, but he may have made some renovations to the building that originally stood, which may have seen different doors fitted to keep up with the new and latest trends. He may decide to visit website at the Industrial Door Company should he run into any trouble with his doors so that they remain strong and durable for his customers. But re-opening the Inn, pretty cool, right?
Today, the Dickens Inn is home to the Tavern Bar, a Grill and a Pizzeria and I must say that it’s prime location right by the water, coupled with its awesome al-fresco dining balconies and beer garden, make this charming pub the ideal spot for a lazy Sunday with drinks and bar food.
We chose to eat on the first floor in the pizzeria, which features some of the largest pizzas we’ve both ever seen. The decor upstairs is warm and rustic, with exposed brick and wood beams. It feels very relaxed throughout the entire restaurant and they have ample outdoor seating up there.
We ordered a couple of beers, a charcuterie board and a meat-lovers pizza to share.
We slowly tucked into our food (which was much needed after a super fun wedding the night before), sipped our beers and enjoyed the sunshine. It was a lazy Sunday, but at least we got out of the flat and got to relax outside.
And the view from up top is lovely! The Dickens Inn is an ideal spot to go for drinks and a bite to eat. The Tavern Bar downstairs is also awesome to watch football matches and to catch up with a big group of friends. It’s such a lovely spot in Central London that is both beautiful and serene. We definitely recommend walking over when the sun is out and grab lunch at any of the restaurants where you can sit outside. It was certainly a Sunday well-spent for us!
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