In the early 20th century, many of the Port of London's pubs were noisy by day with the serving of food and men finding work, and rowdier still by night with the dockers' drunken singing.
People felt a strong allegiance to their local pub. Some pubs opened at 5.30 am, offering a hearty breakfast of rum and coffee.
Friendly rivalry with other pubs gave rise to local football and rowing teams and 'beanos' (pub outings) took local people out of the city on day trips.
Hilda remembers going on a beano:
Peg remembers going to the pub with her parents:
The 'local' has been losing popularity since the rise of pub chains offering standard food and drink at cheap prices. Large-screen TVs and gaming machines have taken over from traditional pub games.
However, along the Thames several traditional taverns can still be found, and although tourists have replaced the dockworkers, the maritime personality of the pubs remains.
Jordan has been to the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich:
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