The pretty West London pub overlooking the river that holds a Guinness world record

The Dove is already a pretty special place with its rustic décor, prime spot on the Thames, and centuries of history.

But what makes the Hammersmith pub even more special is that it has a Guinness World Record for the smallest bar room.

The Dove is located in Hammersmith, just after Furnivall Gardens and before a stretch of stunning riverside homes.

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The pub opens out into a conservatory and then a river terrace with stunning views

It makes for the perfect pit stop for a walk along the Thames, but its also worth heading to Hammersmith just to visit this pub.

It feels worlds away from the bustle of the city as you can only access it by a tiny footpath at the front, which was closed during lockdown.

The location is ideal – from the pub’s terrace, you can see historic Hammersmith Bridge or watch rowers pass you by.

A public house has stood on the site since the seventeenth century, with Fullers owning it since 1976.

The small space to the right of the bar, reached through an extra entrance is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest bar room in the world.

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The glorious river terrace

Within that room, a brass plaque marks the height the great flood of 1928 reached.

It’s rich history is also filled with famous faces.

Here, Rule Britannia was composed by poet James Thomson and Charles II wined and dined his mistress Nell Gwynne.

Ernest Hemingway and Dylan Thomas visited, and William Morris lived next door.

Sat in one of the pub’s rustic rooms, it isn’t hard to imagine writers, artists, or in fact royalty of the past also enjoying a pint.

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But its popularity is not solely in the past – the pub is still enjoyed by the actors, writers and politicians of today.

If you’re curious, check the framed list of patrons that hangs over the lower bar’s fireplace.

And if all the history isn’t your thing, there’s a great selection of drinks and delicious food to draw you in.

You can enjoy your pint on the terrace under the summer sun, in the warmer conservatory as temperatures drop, or in one of the other cosy rooms.

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