I love The Blue Anchor and especially The Dove in Hammersmith – but when they are crowded (too often), wander a little further along the river to the old ship. Larger, more modern and more geared towards dining guests than the others, but still very comfortable with plenty of seating overlooking the river. Decent beers and wines.
Just a little further on is The Black Lion – not quite by the river, but a river pub in the spirit. Then follow Black Lion Lane through the underpass under the Great West Road, and in minutes you are at a favorite Hammersmith venue: The Cross Keys (a good old Fullers pub). You can even then have lunch at the nearby Carpenter’s Arms (cooking goes up and down like all gastropubs – but I hear it’s good right now). Followed by a digestion at the architectural gem, which is The Salutation on King Street.
You can argue which of the Thames is the best pub — but you can not beat Hammersmith for a pub crawl. Cheers!