The Gun, Docklands, Docklands

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27 Coldharbour, London, E14 9NS
020 7515 5222
Opening times

12 noon–3pm, 6pm–10.30pm
12 noon–4pm, 6pm–10.30pm
12 noon–4pm, 6.30pm–9.30pm
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The Gun is a stunning grade II listed, early 19th century, public house located on the banks of the Thames, in the heart of London's docklands.
Painstakingly restored to its former glory, the stylish venue boasts 2 bars, a restaurant, two private dining rooms, two snugs, an elegant riverside terrace and a chic sun deck.

Recently awarded London's Best Dining Pub 2012/13 by The Good Pub Guide and a finalist in the ITV London Restaurant Awards, The Gun serves the highest quality British food. 

Detailed Description


There has been a public house on the site of The Gun for over 250 years. The surrounding area was home to the dockside iron foundries which produced the guns for the Royal Naval fleets in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The pub dates back to the early 18th century but it took its current name from the cannon which was fired to celebrate the opening of the West India Import Docks in 1802.

In the late 18th century, Lord Horatio Nelson acquired a property just up the road (still known as Nelson’s House) and he regularly visited the docks to inspect the guns up until his glorious death at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Lord Nelson would frequent The Gun and regularly meet Lady Emma Hamilton in an upstairs room (now called The River Room) for their secret assignations.

The Gun also has a long association with smugglers landing contraband on the site and distributing it via a hidden tunnel. To this day there is still a spy-hole in the secret circular staircase to watch out for “The Revenue Men”.

As the docks on the Isle of Docks flourished so did the pub, becoming the local for dockers, stevedores and boatmen.