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Founders Arms, Southbank, SE1

52 Hopton Street
SE1
SE1 9JH
Phone: 02079281899
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Founders Arms

A hell hole tourist trap,in a very modern building with vast plate glass windows which give good river views.It was noisy and packed on my visit,the only calm spot was a raised wait to be seated dining area to one side,serving pub grub from a corporate menu from an open kitchen.The customer base is very transient so Youngs Pubco don't need to try hard,and the three handpumps were offering Sharp's Proper Job (unavailable but clip not reversed,aaarrrggghhh ) and CW Youngs Bitter and Special (malty mess and not special at all).Insufficient staff caused a scrum at the bar,tables were stacked with used plates and glasses.There are pork pies on sale,they didn't look great.

Best left to the tourists.

On 5th May 2019 - rating: 3
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Steve C left this review about Founders Arms

The Founders Arms is a Youngs pub with magnificent views across the Thames. Conversely the architecture of the pub itself is anything but magnificent. The long bar supports a premium keg range and I counted three banks of three hand pumps that were drawing the same three Youngs cask ales. Food is available.
The are no televisions, but some festive background music was airing during my visit on the Friday before Christmas. It was busy, but there was nobody waiting at the bar so I was served instantly. The location dictates that there is more seating outside than inside this long and thin bar. This is for the best as there is no atmosphere to speak of.

On 16th January 2018 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about Founders Arms

As pubs go this place is completely characterless and I can think of several better options a short walk away. However it does have one main redeeming key selling point which is that it probably provides one of the most iconic views of all the riverside pubs in London and how drab and boring it may be inside is of no consequence when you are standing on the edge of the outside terrace sipping a beer staring out at St Pauls and the architecturally striking buildings of the City of London beyond.
Another positive is actually that the Youngs beers are usually in good nick, as the Youngs Bitter was on this occasion. But that has to be negated with the fact that this place does get insanely busy when the sun is out and it was four deep at the bar on this mid-week early evening, and despite the efforts of the hardworking bar staff it took a good 15-20 minutes to get served.
I’d still recommend it for a beer with a view, just try to avoid the after work crowd when the sun is out.

On 22nd August 2016 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
London Cannon Street, 0.65 miles, 12 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 0.65 miles, 12 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 2.46 miles, 47 min walk (show)
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5th May 2019, 12:46
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard
 
5th May 2019, 12:41
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Riverside terrace - last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 April 2010 by moby duck
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