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.
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Last updated on 23rd October 2023
Sitting pretty by the Regent's Canal, Rotunda offers one of London's most sought-after dining destinations. Whether you're enjoying some of the stunning plates of food boasting Mexican flair or sipping tequila-infused cocktails, they've got canalside views for days.
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.
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.
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.
If you're looking for bars by the canal in Stratford, head on over to Jim & Tonic at The Print House, where you can enjoy tipples on the waterfront terrace. On the menu? Everything from affordable cocktails and quirky G&Ts to enticing Italian eats.
Fancy sipping on a bespoke cocktail while enjoying views of the canal? We thought as much. Make your way to Wyke Road's Lanterna for its glorious range of pizza or bevvies. If you're after something for a special occasion, it also has a stylish mezzanine area that can be booked.
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.