The Sir Sydney Smith public house has been serving the East End of London since at least 1809. Named after a British Admiral of the Napoleonic Wars, it has somehow survived for over 200 years to become one of the few remaining early 19th century pubs in an area of London which once had hundreds. Refurbished probably dozens of times over that period, sadly nothing remains of what the pub must have looked like inside, when outside the road was cobbled and alive to the sound of dock workers with carts and horses loading and unloading cargoes from the nearby London docks. Outside the building was remodelled extensively in the 1920s by the local brewery Truman Hanbury Buxton, who then owned it, and it remains a fine example of their efforts of the time to upgrade the appearance of their pub portfolio to appeal to a wider market. You can see some old photos and documents relating to the pub and area in the Gallery. You can also read more about namesake here.

Today the Sir Sydney Smith remains an interesting little pub serving a fine range of beers, wines and some delicious home cooked food.

We look forward to welcoming you.




When it's hot outside, we make it nice and cool inside.


Sadly our dartboard is currently unavailable due to coronavirus restrictions


Free wifi is available. The password is "22DockStreet".


An accessible toilet is available for our customers.

Sir Wiliam Sydney Smith

22 Dock St, London E1 8JP

020 7481 1766

Monday to Friday 11am - 11pm

Saturday 12pm to 11pm. Closed Sundays.

©2021 by Sir Sidney Smith Ltd.