The Mayflower Public House
Brunel's engine house is a worthwhile pilgrimage for those so inclined, but this is the real draw for me. A pub with its own lifebelts. That's my kind of place.
I'd vote The Mayflower to be one of the best located pubs in London, and one that most tourists won't find, either (possibly some connection, there). Here is their drinking deck (lifebelts are on the wall) and here is their hearth. When I first came here [hurrumph] years ago, there were cheese rolls behind the bar; these days: Asparagus Quiche and Tempura Prawns. Times do change.
Actually, I came down here hoping to take a picture of what used to be an exceptional restaurant 100 yards away, housed in the ground floor flat of a block of council flats. Run by an american, it served Creole food when most people would have had to look that up in a dictionary. You ate sat around one large table, with the menu passed round on a blackboard, amended as the night progressed. His son took over, but now you could not even imagine council flats here.
Diamond Geezer visited Rotherhithe last June.