A pint with a view

I’m sometimes asked for tips on places to see and to visit in London. Among other things, visitors want to know where to eat and my usual tip – especially in the summer – is the Tattershall Castle. Although it may sound like the name of a pub, it’s actually a paddle steamer, built in 1934 and originally serving as a ferry across the river Humber in the north of England.

Now permanently moored on the Victoria Embankment of the River Thames, it provides a great location to sit and enjoy a pint and a sizeable portion of vinegar-soaked fish and chips, amongst views of the Hungerford Bridge, Shell Building, London Eye, County Hall, the Embankment and the Houses of Parliament. The prices aren’t cheap, but then this is London: food and drink prices on the Tattershall Castle are, however, surprisingly excellent, considering the uniqueness of the location.

Google have recently added an interior Street View interactive map of the vessel, if you want to check it out before you visit.