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The Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe, London

If you want to find a quiet hidden gem in London, try the Mayflower Pub. This is apparently the oldest pub in London situated right on the Thames River. It’s also where the Mayflower ship sailed from England to the New World. Very good food and meal prices; the beer is great - my husband says the bitter was particularly good. It’s location is on the south side of the river, about a 20-30 minute walk east along the Thames Path from the Tower Bridge.

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Did you find it after visiting the Brunel Museum or the Sands Film Studio?

Both are interesting sites In Rotherhithe.

Yes the Mayflower maybe the oldest pub in London but if in the Rotherhithe neighborhood don’t miss visiting the Ship pub as well.


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We ended our Brunel London Walks tour there, so yes, we did see the little museum. We missed the Ship Pub. Rotherhithe is a lovely quiet corner of London.

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The Rothermithe is a pleasant enough pub, made special by the view of the river. A few blocks away is the Brunel, more neighbourly and with a wider selection of beer.

On its own merits, the tiny Brunel museum is hardly worth the bother of getting there. I visited mid-afternoon and could find no staff around except a couple of attendants for the garden tea. Most of the museum space is devoted to large explanatory posters, interesting in an academic way but giving little feeling of the pioneering tunnel under the river and the astonishingly imaginative and impractical family which gave it birth.