This pretty little 17th. century riverside pub has everything; unspoilt surroundings, good food and excellent beer, which must explain why it gets so busy. The Dove’s popularity is nothing new. It boasts a long list of celebrity customers including Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway and A.P. Herbert, whose novel The Water Gypsies features a pub called the ‘Pigeon’, nee the Dove.  One story says Charles II and Nell Gwynne had a secret rendezvous here. One verifiable claim to fame is in the Guinness Book Of Records, for the smallest bar in Britain, a cosy 4 ft. 2ins by 7ft. 10ins.  The saloon bar has a low ceiling with dark oak beams and is simply furnished. An open fire takes off the chill in winter. A small flight of steps leads to the dining area at the rear, which has ample seating. Double doors lead out into a conservatory which houses an old vine. The riverside terrace beyond is a favourite viewpoint for the University Boat race.

Located at: 18 Upper Mall, W6.

Closest tube: Ravenscourt Park