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 boozers. This summer is set to be a scorcher, so prepare for some alfresco drinking and dining with our recommendations of 15 of the best bars and restaurants by the canal in London.

Last updated on 5th August 2022

The Cutty Sark

2068 user reviews 4

A stalwart of Greenwich's drinking and dining scene, The Cutty Sark takes its name from the waterside landmark. Whether you're with friends, family or a date, head here for alfresco drinks in a chilled out setting.

Grand Junction Arms

81 user reviews 4

The Grand Junction Arms in Acton is a great spot to catch up with friends over great food and drink. Not only do they have an outdoor garden and balcony with views of the canal, but they also have private lodges with top-notch speakers and screens for those special occasions. 

The Lock Inn

2 user reviews 5

With a beer garden overlooking the canal in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, The Lock Inn is a gorgeous Hackney pub. Serving up cocktails and craft beer from local breweries, alongside delish pizzas, burgers and Sunday roasts, they're keeping you well fed too.

Union Tavern

22 user reviews 4

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.