The Great Eastern, Docklands

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FancyaPint?'s review...
FAP Rating 2 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
The Waterman's Arms is currently undergoing something of a transformation. Now under the management of Best Place Inns - a small chain of hostels, the pubs is being stripped out and refurbished, to be reincarnated as the Great Eastern (subject to planning approval). It's still open for business and the refurbishment work is revealing what a sorry state the pub had got into. Right now it's pretty basic, there's only one ale on the hand-pumps with the usual lagers, Guinness and Aspall's cider. There's also decent coffee (coffee and cake 2.50) and free WiFi, It's a bit bare bones right now, but the service is friendly and it's pretty relaxed, they hope the work will be completed in a couple of months' time. In the mean time, why not pop in and show the new owners your support, it would be a real shame if another legendary pub was to disappear from the London map.
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30 Jan 2011
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open again after a few month's out. definitely a work in progress but off to a promising start. watch this space.
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03 Sep 2010
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I fear the worst, the Watermans is currently 'closed until further notice'... another excellent boozer bites the dust. watch this space for the flats that replace it..

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1 Glenaffric Avenue, Docklands, London, E14 3BW
020 7093 2883
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Karaoke - Every Thursday night from 8pm.
Happy hour - 4-7pm Monday to Saturday, 12-3 Sunday.


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The recently refurbished Great Eastern pub offers up a new local drinking establishment to the Isle of Dogs, while maintaining a traditional British pub charm.


Formally The Waterman's Arms, this East End Pub has an impressive history! Previously owned by Daniel Farson, it saw the likes of Clint Eastwood and Julie Garland drink and perform here.

The Great Eastern was the largest steam & sail ship ever built on the Isle of Dogs, launching in 1858. What better name is there for a pub with such a grand past.

Detailed Description

Pull up a stool at the bar, or choose from one of the comfy couches to sit and watch the two big screens. We show all the big sporting matches, and with two Sky boxes, you'll never miss the underdog team play.

In addition to the bar, the Brunel coffee Lounge is open daily from 7am serving delicious Illy coffee, smoothies and pastries.

Our food menu has extended from our amazing pizzas (you can order them take-away) to include wraps, soups, sausage rolls and Cornish pasties.