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  • “I'd especially recommend it for those who are heading to Tate Modern for an after-drink.” in 11 reviews

  • “The obvious thing is that, of course, this pub has a beautiful view along the river.” in 17 reviews

  • “I love this pub situated on the thames and opposite St Paul's cathedral.” in 11 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    8/5/2014

    Delish. Modernized "pub". Good selection of ciders. Had the strawberry like cider it was phenomenal. Atmospher was great with good views of the river. We easily got a table right by the window.

    Food: fiancé had the fish and chips and thought it was very good. I had the steak and ale pie which was very tasty, great flavors! Good portions I could barely finish mine.

    Staff was friendly.

  • 3.0 star rating
    20/8/2014

    Very handy for the Tate Modern and it has a great view over the river. I'm pretty sure however that if you picked this pub up and moved the location it wouldn't prove to be anywhere near as popular.  

    Not a great food selection and what I saw brought out from the kitchen didn't look too appetising. A pretty average beer selection and a bit of a lack of seating outside. If you can get there early enough to grab a spot and the sun is out you can almost forgive the bad points

  • 3.0 star rating
    14/7/2014

    Good food, great location. Right on the Themes and just south of the Tate Modern.

    I sat outside, even though it was very windy. It is a very busy place and it is a little unclear how to order or get a table. I had to ask around.

    The hamburger i had was good--nothing to be excited about. The pint I enjoyed while eating and soaking in the view was good, but not exceptional. I was in and out quickly.

    The waiter was very nice, but not especially memorable.

    Great place for a quick bite after seeing the Rothko room, before a nice walk along the river.

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/3/2014
    1 check-in

    I discovered the Founders Arms whilst walking to Waterloo from the City in the recent Tube strikes. This place is all about the views, perched on the South Bank, the patio area is a great place to look at London's ever changing skyline with the luxury of a pint in your hand.

    It is conveniently located for the Tate Modern so when pretentious modern art gets to much it is worth popping in here. The beer costs around £4.50 a pint which is a price I have become used to paying in London.

  • 3.0 star rating
    9/4/2014
    1 check-in
    Listed in Pub Grub

    I chose this location when some friends from out of town were coming in because it's along the river (and the other option was Pizza Express, and I was like what?) So we arrived here on a Tuesday evening. It was a nice day so the place was packed. Even though it's quite a good-sized pub, there were a lot of people here.

    It's a Young's pub. And that's awesome because they have all those weird Young's beers that I like (Double Chocolate Stout and Banana Bread Beer), but also the usual ones on draught. It's a nice mix, plus they also have a few other guest ales (one of which was Bombardier when we were there).

    I did manage to find us some seating, so when everyone else arrived we had a great place to chill and relax. Unfortunately, the bartenders are REALLY slow. When you've got a big pub and a lot of people and about four people working behind the bar, SPEED IT UP. The slowness was a letdown because it seemed that when people went up for a round they were gone for AGES. And when you're hanging out with friends from out of town, you don't want to spend that long waiting for your order.

    We also had dinner. And it was alright. Nothing special to be honest. I heard the food was good, but I wasn't overly impressed. Just standard pub food.

    But it's a great location, and if you want a great view of the Thames and St. Paul's (and the Blackfriars station), this is the pub for you.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/6/2014

    A great location on the water with a view of the Thames. Have lunch here before spending the afternoon at the Tate Modern. My fish & chips was pretty good, though the fries were a bit overdone for my liking.

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/9/2013

    Good food and drinks!

    We randomly ended up at the Founder's Arms during a recent Sunday Funday London pub crawl.  The outside area was full and we were only too happy to find many empty tables inside as it looked like it would soon rain.  We ordered some drinks from a very friendly bartender and plopped down at a large high top table while we waited on 2 more friends.  Our friends were running late so we decided to go ahead and order.  About this time, the sky opened up and everyone came running inside looking for seats.  The place became PACKED!!!  Our food was delicious and fast.  Our friends finally arrived and they ordered food, as well.  They are locals and they tell us they know the place well and the food is always consistent.

    We stayed for a couple of hours drinking and chatting.  All of the servers were extremely friendly and efficient.  I would highly recommend the Founder's Arms to anyone taking a strold along South Bank.

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/8/2014
    1 check-in

    Great fish and chips, Young's beer and awesome view of Thames river. More than just a pub ! Very convenient to Tate Modern.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/8/2013

    This is a great spot that I love to take visitors from out of town to. It's a bar with a large outdoor area and seats that sprawl all along the riverfront with great views up the Thames and St. Paul's just across the way.

    While I've never eaten here, their food looks quite good with a decent-sized menu.

    The main selling point here is the view and the chill atmosphere along the river. It is nicely-situated, but just far enough from the hustle bustle of the touristy crowds at the embankment.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/2/2014
    3 check-ins

    Generally, I'm a fan. They always have a few good brews on tap. I can always seem to get a seat or at least a comfortable place to stand, even on busy weekend nights. I've eaten here once, too, and the fish and chips was really pretty good. There are tons of tourist-focused pubs down on the south bank, but these guys don't feel like that. The prices are what you expect, but at least you're getting good beer for the money. There's lots of outdoor space right on the river. On a good night, it's a great place to go have a pint in the middle of London with a wonderful view.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/11/2013
    1 check-in

    I only had time for one drink and quick glance at the amazing view here, but I really liked this place. It's new and clean(ish), has a huge bar and tons of seating, the view of London is amazing and it feels like you're in a secret spot despite the dozens of other people there with you at all times. The food looked really good and the crowd was young and buzzing. I would absolutely return here if I still lived in the area.

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/3/2010

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. School Night drinking makes you cool.

    The Founder's Arms is possibly one of the best places to indulge your naughty mid-week drinking. It's right on the South Bank and when it's cold it's relatively empty which means you can have an intimate drink whilst over looking the City and St.Pauls Cathedral which both look epic under the veil of darkness.

    Whilst I do have to admit it is rather expensive £7.00 for a glass of red wine, it is a beautiful place to sit. Should you find yourself wandering along the Southbank having had a glorious day of culture at the Globe or the Tate Modern, make sure you swing by.

  • 3.0 star rating
    16/11/2012

    I heard this place was recently renovated from its musky carpeting and you can tell from its sleek decor that it's trying to go for interior aesthetics that complement its amazing view.

    Situated right next to the Thames, Founders Arms has a beautiful view of St. Paul, the Millennium footbridge and the river.  Its outdoor deck is heated and would be a great place to hang out at during the summer.  They have a decent wine and beer selection, but avoid their mulled wine as it was very watery.

    We ordered the Mediterranean platter, containing extremely salty feta cheese, questionable tzatziki and hummus, crudites, olives, and pita bread.  Some of the salt in the cheese could have been used in the incredibly bland fries we ordered.  Lastly  was the deconstructed bruschetta which was another way to say, look I'm kind of lazy so here are some tomatoes, a clove of garlic, and some basil leaves- go crazy.

    Come here to enjoy drinks with a view, as the food is unfortunately disappointing.

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/1/2009

    Founders Arms is a really lovely restaurant pub. I stumbled upon it while I was walking along the South Bank sightseeing. It was just about supper time while I was walking along the water and I really didn't know where to find some grub. I didn't have very high expectations for this place because it looked like your typical tourist trap; but since I was your typical tourist, I decided to be trapped for the lack of knowing another place to go.

    I was pleasantly surprised. The obvious thing is that, of course, this pub has a beautiful view along the river. I opted for an indoor table (didn't want to weather the cold) at the window so I enjoyed a nice view along with my beer and food. The food was pretty good - I had the Medley of Sausages, and a side of Chips & Garlic Mayo. The prices were fair, especially considering the location - that alone deserves an extra star from me. The menu even has a cool map at the bottom that shows you what buildings you are seeing thanks to the great view. Nice little touch for this tourist to enjoy!

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/2/2011

    The views, the views, the views....there is nothing like sitting outside sipping one of the many beers this place has and enjoying the view of London looking at St. Paul's Cathedral and all the bridges. If you are a bit cold, just grab a blanket and sit below one of the heat lamps.

    After a few beers you can head over to the Tate Modern which is 2 minutes away. Only after a few drinks you will be able to appreciate its modern art :)

    The food is good (nothing special), but I just love the views (I think I said that already), the way this place looks and the selection of beers.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/5/2012

    Great views, friendly staff, decent prices! Especially during happy hour.

    I'm American but the fish and chips were pretty damn good. Had to put the disclaimer in there.

    Free Wifi too!

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/11/2011

    I thought Young's was just a small English brewery that produced that Double Chocolate Stout that I've never bothered to try. Little did I know they not only produce a buttload of other beers, but also own well over 200 pubs around London. From my extensive research (ten minutes of Google), it doesn't look like it's nearly as bad as a chain restaurant - Young's owns the properties, and leases them to budding Sam Malones for a few years. You can even let Young's be in charge of the repairs and decorations, though in return Young's gets to by the sole provider of alcoholic drinks.

    Personally, this doesn't sound like such a bad thing, especially considering the pub is still on their own when it comes to the food, and in Founders' case, this turns out to be a very good thing. Sure, it may have been something simple like Sunday roast, but it was done very well, featuring a very large portion of beef and veg. The beef was plenty tender, and smothered in a traditional brown gravy, but what really killed me was the vegetables - a medley of fresh potatoes, carrots, broccoli, parsnips, sweet potatoes, and probably others, all cooked to the perfect doneness and really just as much the star of the show as the roast. I can appreciate some good veg, and this definitely qualified.

    Of course, I was a tourist and I was with other tourists doing touristy things, so everyone else got the fish and chips and were suitably pleased. And when the only beers on tap are variations on Young's, you have no choice but to try one, and it turns out they're not bad, either.

    Ultimately, it's the killer views and the patio dining that are going to keep Founders Arms a popular dining destination. They probably could have gotten away with offering much cheaper food and still maintained business, but I'm glad they decided to put some effort into it.

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/1/2014

    It was a very cold evening but still great alongside the river outside. Unfortunately some of the heaters were broken and thus meant we couldn't stay for long. I'd like to see more variety in the snacks/sides on the food menu. Great selection of beers on the tap always does it for me.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/9/2013

    Who says that food in the UK is not that good?  After a long day of sightseeing we came across the Founders Arm as we left the Tate Modern and I am glad we stumbled in.  The cider was cold and the food delicious.  The hamburger with stilton cheese was one of the best things I ate the whole two weeks I was there.  We also tried the butternut squash pie - OMG so good!  OH and the view is priceless...great place to relax and chill out with friends.

  • 3.0 star rating
    22/12/2010
    1 check-in

    Although not overly lovely to look at both outside and inside, the redeeming feature of this pub are the stunning views. A great spot to bring friends and show them just how good looking London can be sometimes.

    Great terrace for summer drinking and the inside is cosy for the winter months. A lot of tourists found in here during the day but come the evening it's a the office crowd that swamps the place.

    Not a bad spot this.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/8/2011
    2 check-ins

    With just a hint of sun I head over to the Founders Arms for their outdoor patio.  Right on the Thames and near the Tate Modern, it's probably a bit more touristy than my normal haunts but worth it.  There are heaters on the patio, bag hooks on the tables, and plenty of space.  

    Moderately priced pints and not cheap food but a nice after work stop nonetheless.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/10/2010
    1 check-in

    Regardless of what criteria you use, London tends to be an overwhelming experience.   There are so many of any kind of thing you might be looking for that even using trusted resources like yelp can present you with too much information filter it all properly.

    Luckily, an expat acquaintance recommended Founders Arms to us, as we might have missed it completely otherwise.  FA is a modernish pub, that is to say it's decor is more in the vein of an Applebee's or Red Lobster (minus the nautical theme).  That aside- the service was friendly, the food was delicious, and view of the city along the Thames is to die for.  

    We came here twice during our stay, once for a family meal, and again for a date-night nightcap.  

    The clientele seemed to skew younger, but not obnoxiously so.  The next time we go back, if we're in the neighborhood, I think this will definitely be on the agenda for a relaxing night of watching the city.

  • 3.0 star rating
    3/12/2008

    The Founders Arms is just beside the river on the South Bank which makes it a lovely location in the summer. It is one of those pubs which is nice but average, and I wouldn't choose it if I fancied a rip roaring evening.

    I came here once after watching a show at the Globe Theatre and despite it being past kitchen hours, the staff still managed to put together a few appetisers for us which was nice as most places are very regimented about when they will stop serving food.

    This is generally a nice little pub and good for a lunch time drink but does lack a certain charm or atmosphere.

  • 3.0 star rating
    2/12/2008

    The Founders Arms is a large pub on the South Bank, about 5 minutes walk away from the Tate Modern. It is quite a large pub with a large decked outside seating area.

    It is one of the only pubs along this stretch and is a pleasant enough place to be if a little bland. From most seats inside you have a view across the river. Outside they have space heaters so as long as it's dry it's not a drag to be there. The bar is well stocked and the service decent.

    A perfectly fine pub, though unfortunately only distinguished by its location.

  • 3.0 star rating
    19/12/2008

    I never used to like this pub because it lacks character and is a waste of a potentially excellent building. But now I like it more, simply because of its location, which despite the pub's waste of, is still an excellent draw.

    The Founders Arms is right outside the Tate and has panoramic views of London's riverside. If you forget where you are for a moment, then notice, it can be quite breathtaking.

    The problem with the pub is that it's generic, the music is too loud and the decor bland. Howevere, aside from the view, it also has another redeeming feature - its outside riverside terrace which is wonderful in the summer and possible even in the winter due to outdoor heaters and blankets provided. Curl up under one with someone and a bottle of wine, look out onto the river, and you can forget the pub behind you!

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/1/2011

    Location, location, location. Oh - and mulled wine.

    Do yourself favor and wait till nighttime. Take the tube to St Paul's Cathedral. Then walk down Peter's Hill to the Millennium bridge. Walk about a third of the way across the Thames. Then turn around -- wow.

    Take in the view, take in the cold, feel really good about being suspended over the Thames, and THEN go to Founders Arms. It's warm, cozy and friendly. Sometimes crowded, but don't let that deter you. The mulled wine is perfect! Delicious. They also have a full bar and even serve coffee if you're in the mood. Sit by the window, go with a bunch of friends, and you'll have a great time.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/9/2009

    Imagine London spread out before you like a delicious buffett of extraordinary goodness!  I've been here twice and had fun both times.   The location is here is, of course, not to be beaten.  The view along the Thames is absolutely fantastic!  

    Ok, right.  Um, the pub is good too.  They have heat lamps outside which take the chill out of the London evenings which is helpful.  And inside is bright and very clean and very cool when they bring the candles out after dark.  I've only ever been here for drinks, so no review of the food today.  But the service has been fast and while it can be pretty busy, I've managed to get a seat outside without a problem on both occasions with minimal waiting.  I'd especially recommend it for those who are heading to Tate Modern for an after-drink.

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    1.0 star rating
    18/2/2008

    Awful. A travesty of architecture. A fantastic view of the Thames ruined by a decor that gnaws away at your soul and a clientele packed with crashing bores.

    Buy a four-pack and sit on a bench overlooking the river instead.

  • 3.0 star rating
    22/9/2008
    First to Review

    The picture probably summarises this place - a rubbish modern looking outside with a great Thames view so that you can avoid looking at it. Inside is an updated but still recognisable English bar, and a recent addition - a separate coffee bar which is a great idea if you don't feel the need to have any alcohol. Still a pint of Ordinary does the job as you sit by the riverside :-)
    Decent-looking food too (you guessed it, I wasn't eating at the time).

  • 3.0 star rating
    25/9/2013

    great location, great view. The food was a bit dissapointing

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/9/2013
    1 check-in

    We had a a quick pint on the patio in the evening. Great view of the river and London in the background.  We didn't have food, so we are rating for the ambience.

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/5/2010

    I studied in London about a year and a half ago and Founders Arms was one of my favorite spots. It's one of those places that really makes me miss my life abroad. I was there during the colder months and took advantage of the outdoor fireplaces and blankets to keep warm and cozy. We discovered Youngs Double Chocolate Stoudt here and needless to say our lives haven't been the same since.

    The view from Founders is truly remarkable. I often stopped in for food after checking out the Tate Modern or for some drinks after a day of wandering through my favorite place in London, Borough Market. Now as the weather is much warmer, I'm sure the summer nights on the banks of the river are sure to be amazing.

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/11/2011

    Popped into here after a tour at the Globe Theatre.

    GREAT location. Sits on the River Thames and is very near the Tate Modern and the Globe. A bit touristy since it's near these two popular places, but it was pretty chill when we happened to come in (around 1pm).

    Lovely patio area, though we opted to sit inside since it was cold outside (but there are heaters on the patios, so I imagine it wouldn't have been too bad to sit outside).

    Ordered the fish and chips (tourist! haha), and they were delicious! Served with a side of mushy peas (which I love!) and great tartare sauce.

    Prices were quite fair considering it's location in a well-traversed tourist area.

    Great pub atmosphere. Staff was really nice. Would defnitely stop here again during my next visit to London.

  • 3.0 star rating
    2/3/2011

    As others have said, the view of the Thames is pretty good, but unless you're there to knock back a couple of drinks then it really isn't worth it.  Food service was extremely slow and, in the end, not really worth it. The fish was mainly batter, the chips were soggy, and the mushy peas... well, they're never really a redeeming part of the dish.

    I say you'd be better off going to the bar on the 7th floor of the Tate Modern next door--fantastic view of St. Pauls and the Milennium Bridge, and it comes with a decent selection of food and drinks.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/6/2012

    After a rainy wander along the Thames I ducked into Founders Arms to shake off the rain and make room for a pint.

    Busy, but fun, clean, and quick to deliver the booze.

    Nice to be along the river - convenient for sure.

  • 3.0 star rating
    28/2/2009

    Lovely location and view of the river, but the food isn't as impressive. Perhaps it was just the Jerk Chicken I ordered, but it was rather bland and was missing the plantains mentioned on the menu.  I would return if the weather was nice enough, but expect it to be full of tourists stopping in after/before a visit to the Tate.

  • 3.0 star rating
    9/7/2013
    1 check-in

    Seemed a bit more full of tourists than some of the back alley pubs that I prefer and was packed the Friday night that I stopped in for dinner. The food and pint were great anyway, but had to sit outside to eat on a very chilly night that took away somewhat from the incredible view. I'd definitely go back on a nicer night.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/8/2013

    Great view. Good beer and food.

  • 3.0 star rating
    10/1/2011

    Decent bar in a great location. The views of the Thames are quite nice. Plenty of seating, indoors and out. This is a Youngs house, so the beer selection is uninspiring. We had a Bombardier, which was in pretty good condition. We also had some sweet potato and squash soup. The soup was quite thin, I thought, more like an orange-colored broth with small bits of sweet potato and squash, than like a puree. I suppose the prices here are a bit steep, especially considering the quality of the food/beer is was average to mediocre. The beer-soup combination cost around £10. I would come back here if I was in the area only for a pint and to enjoy the views.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/7/2009

    Went here after a show at the Globe.  Nice spot on the water to have a beer.  We also had the Fish Cutting Board.  Nice selection of fish that hit the spot after the show.  Great patio seating if you can get close to a heat lamp or a warm special someone to snuggle with.  It can get pretty busy, so you'll have to use your elbows to get a spot on the water, but its worth it.

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