Nicholson's Pubs

Welcome to Doggett's Coat and Badge, your local pub in London


A name as unique as our pub

We’re often asked why we’re called ‘Doggett’s Coat and Badge’.

Well, it’s a fascinating story. The name pays tribute to Thomas Doggett, the organiser of the London Bridge to Chelsea rowing race along the Thames, which is said to be the oldest continuous sporting event in the UK.

First held in 1715, the race takes place in July each year and runs over four miles and seven furlongs. The winner of the boat race would be awarded a waterman’s coat and badge, hence the name ‘Doggett’s Coat and Badge’.

When Doggett died in 1721, he left instructions in his will for the race to be carried on by The Fishmongers’ Company, and it still is today. Our pub sits along the course of the race in South Bank, so we felt it only right that we named it after its founder.

Find us


Doggett's Coat and Badge, 1 Blackfriars Bridge,
London, Greater London, SE1 9UD

Tel: 020 7633 9081

A unique city centre pub with a rich history


Nicholson’s Pubs are known for their individual style, exciting stories, and charming personalities — and Doggett’s Coat and Badge is certainly no exception.

Our visitors are often fascinated by our unusual name, and the story behind it doesn’t disappoint. The pub is named after Thomas Doggett, the organiser of the London Bridge to Chelsea rowing race (Oxford-Cambridge) along the Thames. Winners of the boat race would be awarded a coat and badge — hence “Doggett’s Coat and Badge”.

So, as you enjoy the views from here across the river to St Paul’s, the Old Bailey, Shell Mex House, Somerset House and much of central London, why not get a drink and enjoy a little living of your own?

Find us

Doggett's Coat and Badge,1 Blackfriars Bridge,
Greater London,SE1 9UD

Tel: 020 7633 9081

Opening Hours

  • Monday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 10:00 - 00:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 23:00

Upcoming Holidays

  • Christmas Eve 10:00 - 20:00
  • Christmas Day 12:00 - 19:00
  • Boxing Day 12:00 - 22:00
  • New Years Eve 10:00 - 01:00
  • New Years Day 12:00 - 22:00



As a British brand with a heritage of 150+ years, we pride ourselves on our position as purveyors of perfect pints and unbeatable pies, with tempting dishes on our British pub classic menus.

Imagine taking your seat for starters we know you’ll like… Pulled Duck Croquettes and Garlic Mushrooms on Sourdough, suited to every appetite.

And here’s something we can’t deny, we’re pretty famous for our hand-crafted specialty pies, including our brand-new Chicken and Truffled Oyster Mushroom Pie and our British Steak & Nicholson's Pale Ale Pie. Come out of the cold and try one for yourself, won’t you?

As well as our famous pies, we’ve got big twists on other classic pub food such as sausage and mash, mouth watering burgers and good old fish and chips. See our menu to discover them all.

Someone in your group got a sweet tooth? Here comes another British pub classic worth rushing to your nearest booth: our traditional new Bramley Apple & Blackberry Crumble. This is British pub food, done right.



Here at South Bank, London, we pride ourselves on serving an exquisite selection of perfectly-poured, ever-changing Cask Ales – including our very own Nicholson's Pale Ale, brewed by St Austell Brewery in Cornwall. You’ll also discover the wonders of our Gin Palace, featuring glorious gins from juniper-heavy and robust to sweet and fruity and every flavour profile in-between – all waiting at your local Nicholson’s in London.