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.
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.
Taking a walk along the canal? Stop by the swoon-worthy Allyu for drinks and a bite to eat afterwards. This swish Paddington bar and restaurant is sure to fill you up with its take on modern Nikkei cuisine which spans sushi and sashimi to ceviche and sharing plates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.