Doggett’s Coat and Badge, on Blackfriar’s Bridge, London, has been given an extensive refurbishment by owner Nicholson’s Pub Collections.


The investment has been directed towards various facilities, specifically upgrading the bars, meeting spaces, and private hire areas.

Additionally, improvements have been made to the extensive outside drinking and dining areas, which offer unrivalled views of the Thames.

The unusual name pays tribute to Thomas Doggett, 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 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.

The Doggett’s Coat and Badge alongside along the course of the race, on the South Bank. The family of Lewis Window, general manager of the pub, has been long associated with the boat race.

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