Sometimes all you want to do is escape the hubbub of the city and sit away from the traffic with a pint in one hand and something else in the other – a smartphone? A newspaper? The hand of a loved one? Well, you can decide that part.
Now that the crowds of summer have dissipated, there's no better time to pull on a pullover and take a stroll down to the river for a relaxing drink at a bar on the water.
With spectacular views of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye, The Tattershall Castle, moored at the Victoria Embankment, is a fine place for such an occasion. In the summer, the deck of this boat-on-the-Thames can become pretty packed, but once the heat has subsided things quieten down a bit which makes for an altogether more pleasant experience.
The Tattershall Castle is over 75 years old and wouldn't be floating on the Thames today had the Humber Bridge not been built. What's the connection, you may ask – the answer being that this paddle steamer was, until the bridge's opening in 1981, a passenger ferry taking people across the Humber Estuary. So thank you Humber Bridge for providing London with a novel place to have a drink, light meal, or something a bit more substantial.
A short way along the river, moored at the Albert Embankment, is another floating drinking establishment worthy of your attention – Tamesis Dock.
This 1933 Dutch barge offers similar views to The Tattershall Castle, but from a different angle (it's on the other side of the river, you see).
There's plenty to choose from in the drinks department, which includes a modest selection of wines, with a food menu that offers up 'tummy fillers' such as a range of burgers (with chips), and Thai vegetable curry and rice.
If at any point a cold wind whips up out on deck, both boats offer cosy interiors for you to warm up in.
Bobbing up and down while supping on your favourite tipple may not have been on your things-to-do-in-London list, but it really should be.