There are many historical spots up this stretch of the Thames, and The Gun does not disappoint with adding its own entry to the history books. It was built as a pub in the early 18th century. Lord Horatio Nelson bought a house nearby in the latter part of the century and used the pub as a rendez-vous with his mistress, Lady Emma Hamilton.
The Gun acquired its name in 1802, after the cannon fired at the opening of the West India Import Docks. Since then the pub became a key bolthole for smugglers, using the spy-hole on the staircase to watch for the customs officers! Nowadays, this rich history is celebrated in photography and artwork throughout the building, which can be an interesting talking point at your wedding.
The Gun has an array of rooms, each with a unique style and vibe, perfect for hosting your celebrations.
The River Room
The scene of many lovers' meetings between Lord Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton, The River Room can sit 16 guests around a large oak table. The bright yellow painted walls bounce natural sunlight around the space.
The Dining Room
The largest of the rooms, The Dining Room is suitable for up to 80 guests to dine, or for 120 guests at a standing reception. Photography and paintings on the walls reflect the building's history.
The Cabin Room
The oak-panelled walls give The Cabin Room a level of refined class, and further character can be seen in the hundreds of antique tankards hanging from the ceiling. Recessed shelving holds some treasures from the past. There is also access to the riverside terrace, which itself is heated with retractable walls and a roof, with uninterrupted views across the Thames to the O2 Arena.
The Gin Garden
Celebrate your reception in the Gin Garden with 150 guests. This secret space has a marquee to protect from the British weather, but also garden games for when the sun comes out - including table tennis and giant Jenga. There is a bar with six beers on tap, and also a wide array of gins are available. The garnishes all come from the herb garden!