South Hammersmith residents should rejoice: in The Crabtree, they have a pub with one of London’s best Thames-side beer gardens, located in a position that only locals and hardy beer fans bother reaching. Nevertheless, the place buzzes on a sunny afternoon – as the barbecue sends grilled meat aromas over the river, and the Harrods depository looms handsomely on the opposite bank. Real ales are kept meticulously, and an outside bar sells chilled bottles of lager to sun-hungry drinkers. In chilly weather, the smart Victorian interior comes into its own, and the British-led menu is full of warming dishes such as pan-roasted lamb’s liver and herb butter on sourdough with salsa verde, or Barnsley chop with Chantenay carrots and mint jus. Prices are pretty high, but service is prompt and cheery.