The London Apprentice

62 Church St, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 6BG
Call: 020 8560 1915

Riverside Tavern in Idyllic Isleworth

The London Apprentice is an attractive Georgian pub, located on the leafy banks of the River Thames in Isleworth. This Grade II listed 18th century inn is a wonderful venue to enjoy good food and cask ales, a welcoming ambience and pleasant riverside views from the terrace.

The London Apprentice’s history as a licenced inn can be traced to 1731, yet it’s beginnings stretch as far back as Tudor times, when Richmond Palace, just across the river, was the royal residence. Little remains of this once grand palace, but nearby stands magnificent Syon House, the Duke of Northumberland’s historic stately home, set in extensive grounds landscaped in the 18th century by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

It is because of these Tudor connections that some local historians say that The London Apprentice may have been frequented by kings and lords, and was a location for royal secret liaisons – Henry VIII is rumoured to have courted Catherine Howard here, while Charles II may have entertained his mistress, Nell Gywnne.

There is no doubt that this celebrated tavern has witnessed some momentous events in Royal history. The Isleworth Ferry, connecting Richmond Palace with the north bank of the Thames at Isleworth Stairs, was established by Henry VIII next to The London Apprentice. It was from here that the 21-year-old Queen Catherine Howard, the fifth of Henry’s six wives, boarded the Royal Barge for the fateful journey to the Tower of London, where she was beheaded for adultery. It was here too that the ‘Nine Day Queen’, Lady Jane Grey, set off to the Tower of London to accept the throne as Queen of England on the 9th July 1553, only to be imprisoned in the Tower 9 days later when nobles switched allegiance to her cousin Mary.

At the heart of this historic riverside location, with its fine 18th century facade, you’ll find lots of charming original features inside The London Apprentice. There are oak beams and tiled floors, and above the open fireplace in the lounge there is a delightful mural panel commemorating a bell ringing competition that took place in 1848. The most interesting feature, however, lies beneath the floorboards. There are the remains of a tunnel that leads to All Saints’ church next door, suggesting that the inn could have been frequented by smugglers, who used the tunnel to hide their contraband in the church’s crypt.

Choose The London Apprentice for your next function

Our pub has two superb Isleworth function rooms to cater for parties of 20-70 people, the Riverview Room and The Conservatory. The Riverview Room, with stunning views along the Thames and ceiling reliefs that are over 300 years old, is a grand location for any event. The Conservatory is also a wonderful venue for a function, whether it’s a birthday, graduation or wedding reception. Our friendly, experienced team is on hand to help ensure every aspect of your function is a success and we have a range of delicious menus that can be adapted to suit the tastes of your guests.

Eat, drink and be merry in a great London pub

The London Apprentice is located in a picturesque part of Isleworth, where celebrated artist JMW Turner once sketched the Thames when he lived at nearby Sion Ferry House. Vincent Van Gogh also lived and worked in Isleworth in 1876 and frequently walked along the banks of the Thames past The London Apprentice, describing the sights in letters home to his brother Theo. The riverside terrace looks out onto Isleworth Ait, a tranquil wooded island now a nature reserve managed by the London Wildlife Trust.

A short stroll away is the magnificent Kew Gardens, home to world’s largest collection of living plants, and the historic Syon House, featured in television dramas and films including Gosford Park. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with gardens designed by Capability Brown, the Great Conservatory and the Arboretum are popular with visitors. Just across the river lies the affluent suburb of Richmond, with its grand Georgian townhouses and Richmond Park, the largest of London’s eight Royal Parks, where red and fallow deer still roam.

The London Apprentice is well served by public transport, close to the A4 and a short walk from Isleworth station, making this historic riverside inn the ideal place to celebrate a special event, enjoy the company of friends and family, or simply relax and watch the world go by.

Function Room Information - The Conservatory
Capacity 80 Private Bar No
Hire Costs Available on Request Area Type semi-private
Facilities Fixed Screen,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals, Parties, Private Bars, Restaurants, Weddings,
Function Room Information - The Riverview Dining Room
Capacity 40 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs Available on Request Area Type private
Facilities Fixed Screen,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals, Parties, Private Bars, Restaurants, Weddings,

The nearest Train Station to The London Apprentice is Syon Lane

The nearest Tube Station to The London Apprentice is Richmond