North Pole, Docklands
Quite simply, this is a top local a little off the beaten track on the Isle of Dogs in an area that's probably more than due for a massive redevelopment and expansion (fingers crossed, it won't happen anytime soon). We've known this pub for a few years now and the service is still polite, fast and friendly. It offers some fairly standard, but well-kept beers on the hand pumps - Pride, Black Sheep, etc. And everyone in the pub seems to know everyone else, but somehow they never seem to make you feel left out. An excellent preference to the unimaginative bardom in the dockside areas. Sadly, it's not open all the time - especially at weekends and, when we were in on a Saturday night, it was woefully empty. This one's definitely worth going out of your way for - go on, give it a go, you know you want to.
74 Manilla Street, Docklands, London, E14 8LG
Turn right out of South Quay Station, walk along the road and when you get just past the Britannia Hotel cross the road and go down the steps. Turn left and follow the road round to the left, you should see the pub just ahead of you on the corner on the right. From Canary wharf, walk across the bridges to Heron Quay and then South Quay. You'll be beside the hotel. When you get to the road, follow the instructions above to get to the pub.