The Dickens Inn is an original warehouse building near Tower Bridge, Tower of London and the Shard. As an original warehouse building, it's thought to have housed tea or to have been owned by a local brewery. It certainly existed at the turn of the 18th century and may well have been born in the 1700's. During the early years as a pub "The Tavern Bar" used to feature sawdust strewn floors and no bottled or canned beer was stocked. Diners also enjoyed candlelit meals on the balconies; this practice has been phased out due to modern fire safety regulations!

Loved by locals and tourists alike

The Dickens Inn is now one of the most famous and most successful pubs on The River Thames loved by locals and tourists alike. Famous visitors to the venue have included Joan Rivers and Katie Melua. With the addition of a large function suite, The Dickens Inn can now cater for parties from 4 to 150 for any occasion imaginable. One critic described The Dickens Inn as "The most atmospheric spot in the whole of London"


The original building stood on a Thames side site just east of its current location. In the 1820's its timber frame was encased in a more modern brick shell to make the warehouse conform to the architectural style of St Katharine Docks masterminded by Thomas Telford, the celebrated Scottish civil engineer.


It could not, however, stay on its original site as this had been earmarked for housing under the St Katharine's dockland development scheme. The 120 tonne timber shell was therefore moved some 70 metres and erected on its present site. The original timbers, tailboards and ironwork were used in the restoration and the building reconstructed in the style of a three storey balconied inn of the 18th century.

Charles Dickens

When Cedric Charles Dickens, grandson of the famous author Charles Dickens, formally opened the Inn in May 1976 he said My Great Grandfather would have loved this inn. This is surely true as the writer who can fairly be known as the world's favourite story teller knew Thameside and East London intimately. His works are stocked with characters and scenes memorably linked with the area.