Longing for a seaside getaway, but can't afford to take the time out of your schedule to get to the coast? Why not hop the DLR down to Blackwall and treat yourself to a cosy Sunday Lunch at the Dockland's famous pub The Gun? Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, The Gun is a quaint, old-worldy pub with an elegant nautical theme. Large paintings of ships adorn the walls, and antique swords hang above the heads of diners. The décor is designed to take you back to bygone days of swashbuckling mariners and ships cargo holds stocked to bursting with exotic goods.
Boasting a long and colourful history, there has been a pub on the site for 250 years. It gets its name from the canon that was fired to celebrate the 1802 opening of the West India Docks. Not short on thrillingly subversive history, The Gun's River Room was apparently used by Admirable Lord Nelson for his clandestine meetings with his lover Lady Emma Hamilton. Unsurprisingly, the pub was also a site for smugglers – there is a spy hole in a secret circular staircase that was used to keep an eye out for 'The Revenue Men'.
The bar menu boasts an array of tasty cocktails, including the aptly named 'Dark and Stormy' made with Pampero Anejo Especial rum stirred with freshly squeezed lime juice and Ginger Beer. Of course there's also a good selection of beers and wines for those who are looking for a more traditional selection of beverages, all reasonably priced. If you're interested in eating, there are four menus to choose from – foodies will delight at the A La Carte menu which features such gourmet dishes as rabbit pie, and whole dressed Dorset crab, but there's also both a Saturday and a Sunday Lunch menu and a Pub menu featuring nautically themed nibbles.
If you're looking for a lazy afternoon where you can just about succeed in convincing yourself that you're whiling away the hours at a seaside watering hole, why not get yourself a beer and sit outside on the marvellous Thames-side deck overlooking the millennium dome? As you sit in the open air looking out over the water, you'll feel all the city's weekly stresses slip away. Bliss.