Bars By The Canal In London

Popular during summer 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. Making the most of all this, we thought it only right that we came up with some of the best places to enjoy canal drinks in London.

Last updated on 19th January 2017

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Union Tavern

6 user reviews

As far as alfresco drinking goes, The Union Tavern have got it covered. Serving up a wonderful array of craft beers and ales to a whole host of happy customers, all of whom are making the most of this North London beer garden, and the opportunity to enjoy canal side drinks, this is an outdoor drinking experience that is not to be missed. As one of our favourite venues for drinks by the canal in London, we'd recommend booking your spot now, as The Union Tavern gets very busy.

Happily Affordable ££
Notting Hill

Barge House

2 user reviews

Another top name in Haggerston when it comes to charming afternoons and lazy summer days is Barge House. One of the best canal bars in London and fronting more brunch than most can handle, head on down for fresh meals and cocktails by the water's edge. 

Happily Affordable ££
East London

Proud East

4 user reviews

One of the coolest bars in Haggerston and boasting a myriad of hidden treasures, not only is Proud East one of the best ways to drink near London's finest canals, they're brimming with seasonal plates, late night partying, pool tables and plenty more. 

Happily Affordable ££
Hackney

While we don't dispute London's best canal bars, we're open to something a little different, and that's just what Canal Party Club are here for. Found on top of the water itself and offering a stellar BYOB service, join them as you traverse London's canal system.

Boat Party, Something A Little Different, Hen Party, Stag Do
Party Mash Up
Kings Cross
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The Narrow Boat

129 user reviews

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Islington is The Narrow Boat, the only boozer directly on Regent’s Canal in the neighbourhood. Something of a hidden gem popular with friends and families looking to enjoy a catch-up or a meal out, there’s a cosy and intimate feel to this one, with a balcony looking out over the water probably offering the best views in the house.

Happily Affordable ££
Angel
Pub

Shane's On Canalside

49 user reviews
Shane's On Canalside
£1 Oyster and 2 other offers available.

Hackney has more than its fair share of stops in which to enjoy the canal, but none as delicious as this. From their seasonal plates and some of the best meat-led dishes in the business, settle down outside in the summer for a drinking and dining experience to remember. 

Happily Affordable ££
Hackney

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