Another pub for you today - but this doesn't reflect an obsession I have with the places - I promise. I simply can't resist telling you about this one. As with a few of the other places I have listed for you in the past, it isn't so easy to get to - but once the effort has been made - it truly is one of the finest examples of a public house you will ever see.
The Dove has history literally oozing out of it, thanks to the centuries it has been open, and the famous people who have crossed it's path. How many other pubs could claim to have one of its countries anthems composed within its walls? Well, The Dove can boast no lesser tune than 'Rule Britannia'. How many other pubs can claim to hold a record for something - again The Dove can, as it is in the Guinness Book of Records no less, for having the smallest bar room. If that wasn't enough for you - how many pubs can claim to have a connection to royalty - well, The Dove not only hosted a Royal Family member, but actually Charles II is alleged to have wined and dined his mistress, Nell Gwynne, in this very establishment. All of this is before we start mentioning the modern day stars and celebrities who pop along from time to time.
It isn't just the place that is amazing though - the location is also quite something. Set on a quiet street right next to the river Thames, it is quite possible on a sunny day, to sit out on the terrace, and while away the hours staring out at the oarsmen in their boats, going up and down the river.
With so much going for it - including delicious food, which often sees the need for patrons to book in advance in order to dine here, how can you resist coming along and making your own little part of the illustrious history of a real London pub?