St. George's Tavern (ex-Caxton), Wapping
Fancying somewhere a bit further afield than our usual City of London haunts one weekday lunchtime, we chanced upon the St. George's Tavern. It's located in a fairly drab part of the near East End, on The Highway (a busy thoroughfare) and opposite a Somerfield - location is not its strongest suit. On entering, we realised there were no other punters present. However, after sitting down with a pint of London Pride at a very reasonable £2.30 we were soon joined by a good mix of drinkers - a young couple, two gents discussing the election, a couple of suited types and an old gent drinking Guinness. Indeed, the place struck us as free of social snobbery which makes a change in much of town these days. The new owners clearly have a bit of decorating to do following the recent reopening (it's reverted to its old name), not least attending to the truly decrepit gents (an East End rival to "The Worst Toilet in Scotland"), but they have at least made an effort with the exterior. That said, it's not a good idea to obscure the pub's name with a banner. There's a raised area to the rear which is quite airy and has a pool table. Incidentally, this pub opens at 4am, should you be in the area and suffering from small-hours delirium tremens.
50 The Highway, Wapping, London, E1W 2BG
020 7481 2961
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How to find the St. George's Tavern (ex-Caxton) pub
Roughly midway between Tower Gateway and Shadwell on the DLR. From Tower Gateway (10-15 minutes' walk), head down Minories, which becomes East Smithfield and finally The Highway. The pub is opposite a Somerfield store.