Rumour has it that living near water has a significantly good impact on your health (even expanding a woman's lifespan); in London, it also has a gnarly impact on your bank account. We're not here to talk money and London property prices however, we're here to talk rumoured heatwaves, riverside restaurants and plucky dining plots by the canal. It will, after all, benefit your health.
The Lighterman in King's Cross
Granary Square has ever been the gem for a quick can of the good stuff by the canal, its stairs clad with faux grass do the cheap purchase justice, but what if you fancied something all the more charming? Cool and calmed by the pattering of water sounds and barge views, grab a spot in The Lighterman's alfresco space to enjoy a roster of gastro inspired plates and summertime cocktails.
Do riverside dining good and proper at this restaurant in Paddington. Given a good day of weather, you can snag yourself a spot by the river and wait for the Scandinavian platters to come on full and thick as KUPP promise a rustic selection of plates set alongside cocktails and sunshine friendly bottles of wine. Our recommendation? A bowl of Atlantic prawn skagen and their home smoked trout.
Northbank on the Thames
When it comes to considering a restaurant by the river in London, let's talk about the pinnacle of that experience. Found pert by the Millenium Bridge and boasting stunning views of the Thames, there's never been a better place to enjoy a meal by the water than at Northbank Restaurant as your plate will be full of British bites and your glass topped with West Country cider or international wines.
The Barge House in Haggerston
Simmering down in East London for the night after a hardy and hot summer's day of trawling the cool and creative streets? Sounds just like you. You know what also sounds just like you? Dinner by the canal. Join Barge House as their Haggerston spot not only comes perfectly poised over the water, you can sit down and unwind as there's gastro bites and fine wines to be had.
Alfred Le Roy: Cocktail Cruise in Hackney Wick
While not strictly a London restaurant per say, this beaming Hackney Wick barge still has enough bites and booze to keep you going well on into the night. And those views? They'll make you feel less mardy from the off. Join Alfred Le Roy for a quick whip on the water that consists of charcuterie platters, small bites and handmade cocktails in a casual East London spot on the water.