Canada Water is another station with an amazing design on the Jubilee Line Extension. It first opened on that line on 17 September 1999, having initially opened a month previously on the East London Line which is no longer part of the tube network.
I think its my favourite of the new Jubilee Line stations. I love the massive mass drum on the top of the station and how it lets the light into the spacious ticket hall and reflect off its metallic silverly finish. I also like the fact it pays homage to Charles Holden’s designs at Arnos Grove. For some reason it reminded me of the Crystal Dome when it was lit up at night!
The Pub: The Ship, 39-47 Saint Marychurch Street, SE16 4JU
Maybe its because I’m so dazzled by the station itself but I usually find myself getting lost when I get off here. The best route to the pub is going past the Sainsburys Local and following the pedestrian paths until you reach Swan Road, stick on this street until you reach Brunel Road. From there head East until you reach Rupack Street which then turns into Saint Marychurch Street where you’ll find The Ship.
Inside, its a homely, welcoming pub. Its part of the Ram Pub Company, a small chain of pubs linked with Youngs – The Greyhound in Hendon was a Ram pub so my previous experience of them was very good. It has the usual Youngs beers on tap – Bitter, Special and London Glory. The food prices here are noticeably cheaper than other pubs in the area, the majority of dishes being under £10 – Sausage and Mash is only £8.10 while Ham, Egg and Chips is a mere £7.20. I had the burger here which was very tasty and really filling with excellent proper chips, for just over £8 it was a bargain. They also sell home made sausage rolls and scotch eggs for £2.50
Given the name, its probably not surprising there are some model ships as decoration here! There are also some old black and white photos of the area where the Docks were still going strong. The Ship has a piano and hosts regular live music nights, I saw an advert for the ‘Flaming Sambucas’ coming up. I just hope the band are better than the drink. The pub also has a large collection of board games.
The Ship was fairly busy on our Friday night but there were still a fair few seats going spare. As well as having a row of leather backed seating, there were also some comfy sofas towards the back of the pub. For sunnier times, the pub also has a back garden.
I really felt at home in The Ship and could have easily spent all evening here. Its an excellent pub and well worth a visit. If you want an easier route here and aren’t doing a tube related pub crawl, its much closer to Rotherhithe Overground Station.