Located in the heart of Hackney Wick, Crate Bar & Pizzeria is a top choice for alfresco drinking in east London. Located in a former print factory, the versatile space offers up enviable views of the canal, a craft brewery and pizzeria serving up stone-baked slices.
Bars By The Canal In London
The perfect place to relax and one of the best ways to traverse the city, it's no wonder London's canals are so popular. From their leafy green nods and nature, down to their beautiful barges and colourful characters, our waterways are filled with charming watering holes. This summer is set to be a scorcher, so prepare for some waterside drinking and dining, with our recommendations of 15 of the best bars by the canal in London.
It's all aboard the Alfred Le Roy each and every Friday as the Queen's Yard canalboat invites you to kickstart the weekend with a balmy voyage. With tickets from just a tenner, you'll be treated to a fully stocked bar, banging beats and buzzing vibes.
A top name in Haggerston when it comes to charming afternoons and lazy summer days, Barge House is one of the best canal bars in London. Fronting more brunch than most can handle, head on down for the iconic breakfast in bread and cocktails by the water's edge.
Hackney has more than its fair share of worthwhile stops along the canal, but none as delicious as this. From their seasonal plates and some of the best meat-led dishes in the business, Shane's On Canalside is a great choice for drinking and dining all year round.
Serving up a wonderful array of craft beers and ales to a whole host of happy customers this North London boozer is not just by the canal, it also has a great beer garden. Grab some rays by the water, tuck into a hearty menu of British classics, and try out some of the local breweries on offer.
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Islington, this boozer is something of a hidden gem. There's a cosy and intimate feel to this one, with a balcony looking out over the water which offers the best views in the house.
With an outdoor terrace and huge windows, Lockside has some of the best views of Regent's Canal. Join the all-day venue for Tex Mex dishes, delicious cocktails and DJ nights that will have you up until the early hours.
Head down to west London's Grand Union Canal where this quirky restaurant is cooking up a storm of the best Australian brunch fare going. Proper insta-worthy, these two boats have been designed by legendary pop artist Peter Blake.
Nestled on the sublime banks of Imperial Wharf, this riverside bar gives you stunning views alongside top notch cocktails, wines and a huge range of real ales. The terrace is also heated so you can soak up the scenes come rain or shine.
Prepare to be transported to a faraway land, as this Clapton boozer gives you all the feels of an out-of-town pub. Go for leafy views alongside Sunday lunch and classic British gastro grub with real ales and craft beer to soak it all up.
Not only does Barge East boast history with a venue that has seen 144 years on top of the water, but this slick Hackney-side canal bar is the perfect pick for dinner on the deck alongside drinks and a roster of live music below.
A Paddington favourite, KuPP is a charming retreat from the business of central London. Located just minutes from the station, this sprawling space is all about freshly grilled steak, tasty smörgåsbords and Nordic-inspired cocktails by the water.
Arepa & Co is a gorgeous Venezuelan restaurant and bar on the waterfront in Haggerston. Offering a varied menu of vibrant, authentic eats, you can sit back and relax with a cocktail and graze on a menu of cachapa, rice bowls and arepas in style.
Found on top of the canal, London Shell Co has got date night slapped all over it. As well as being considered one of the best restaurants in London, the barge is all sorts of pretty, from the views of Regent's Canal through to the candlelit tables.
Head north to Granary Square, where this modern restaurant sits only minutes from the hustle and bustle of King's Cross. Take in the chilled out atmosphere and relaxing scenes of Regent's Canal from the alfresco bar or head inside where a glass restaurant offers flatbreads and more.
Located in the quiet depths of Hackney Wick, Number 90 boasts a great food menu, roast dinners and a spacious canalside terrace. Check out the on-site gallery and stay late with DJs and live music providing the soundtrack to a great evening.