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.
Located in the heart of Hackney Wick, Crate Bar & Pizzeria is a top choice for alfresco drinking in East London. Head to the former print factory for a versatile space that offers up enviable views of the canal, a craft brewery and pizzeria serving up stone-baked slices.
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.
Not only does Barge East boast history with a venue that has seen 144 years on top of the water, but this slick Hackney canal bar is the perfect pick for dinner on the deck alongside drinks and a roster of live music below.
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.
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.
Sitting pretty by the Regent's Canal, Rotunda offers one of London's most sought after drinking and dining destinations. Whether you're enjoying some of their stunning plates of food within the colour-pop dining area or sipping cocktails on the terrace, they've got canalside views for days.
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.
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.
Grow is an independent ecosystem of create spaces, bars and restaurants by the River Lea in Hackney. If you're looking for a quirky escape by the canal this summer, head here and tuck into hearty plates of comfort food with a regular roster of entertainment to keep you coming back.
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.
Weekly live music sessions? Raucous pub quizzes? Gorgeous views out over the Thames? It can only be The Ship. One of the most popular bars in Wandsworth, this is a go-to for drinks by the river... especially when summer finally arrives.
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.
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.