28 June 2017 | 15.0 °C

Founders Arms

Founders Arms

This pub has been voted by our readers as one of the best along the River Thames. See the full list of winners here.

We were initially surprised to see the Founders coming in so high in our poll of best Thames pubs. For starters, it looks like a pig-ugly estate pub. For main course, it's always rammed with tourists. And for puddings, they've missed off the bloody apostrophe. But on revisiting via the subsequent pub crawl, the place won us round.

Sure, the main bar was busy as ever, but the riverside tables offer a Hollywood-worthy view of City landmarks. Also, while the draught ale choice suggested nothing special, bottled delights like the sticky toffee pudding ale (pictured below) kept us more than merry. We didn't try the food (in a pub this busy, who can say what the waiting times might be?), but the menu sounded rather tempting (anywhere that serves a burger named after Tower 42 — London's least exciting landmark — gets a thumbs-up from us). Perhaps best sampled in winter, outside the main tourist season.

On Twitter as @FoundersArms.


Address: 52 Hopton Street London SE1 9JH

Phone: 020 7928 1899



Monday: 9am-11pm

Tuesday: 9am-11pm

Wednesday: 9am-11pm

Thursday: 9am-11pm

Friday: 9am-midnight

Saturday: 9am-midnight

Sunday: 9am-11pm

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