Keep reading to discover London’s best floating restaurants and bars.
London has some amazing places to eat and drink. If you read my blogs on great places to eat or first timers or best places to eat in 2020 you’ll have seen lots of great recommendations. But how about something a little bit quirkier than your average restaurant? Here in London there are a cracking selection of floating restaurants and bars you can book in for a unique day out. You can have dinner while cruising past London’s top sights, drink on a 114 year old Dutch boat in East London and even have lunch on a barge dedicated to cheese. Here are London’s best floating restaurants and bars.
Imagine a double-decker boat filled with cheese? Sounds like the stuff dreams are made of doesn’t it! The Cheese Barge is moored at one of London’s best hidden gems, Paddington Central. With space to accommodate 40 diners in the lower deck, customers can enjoy seasonal lunches and dinners centered around the best of British cheese. There is also an upper roof terrace for lighter meals, and snacks of cheese and cold meats. This 96ft vessel has amazing views of the Grand Union Canal, so when you’re taking that selfie, don’t forget to say cheese to the camera! (cringe)
Another hidden gem at Paddington Central – it’s all aboard the Prince Regent & The Grand Duchess. The London Shell Co has two barges, The Prince Regent, which is a cruising experience and The Grand Duchess, a moored dining experience. Both offer the finest in British seafood dishes with most of their fish coming from Kernowsashimi & Wild Harbour who represent a network of Cornish day boat fishermen. While the Grand Duchess sits permanently in Paddington, The Prince Regent takes you through Maida Hill Tunnel and past iconic landmarks such as: London Zoo and Regents Park. The London Shell Co is one of London’s best hidden gems.
Darcie & May is the third one on this list that can be found in Paddington Central, situated on the Grand Union Canal. This Aussie inspired canal boat is quirkily decorated and offers menus that are just as intriguing as their design. Indulge in Australian dishes like smashed avocado on charcoal sourdough, baked aubergine fritters and their famous banana bread. In the evening it also turns into a buzzing bar great for cocktails with friends.
Moored at Embankment Pier, Bateaux London presents a fashionable dining experience on the river Thames, with its stunning Glass Room and River Room vessels offering the most spectacular of London views. You can take in the panoramic views of the city whilst being regaled with live entertainment and fine food. Pure sophistication and unique hospitality. Bateaux London offers an assortment of amazing package deals for any occasion.
If you’ve ever fancied being a captain of your own ship, then head to Paddington and hire a Go Boat. Go Boat allows you to hire your own boat and sail it down the Regent’s Canal at your own pace. Don’t worry if you’ve never sailed before, you’ll be given all the necessary safety training, and a map to help you navigate your way through spectacular sections of the canal. While Go Boat is not an official floating restaurant, they do allow you to take your own picnics aboard so you can create a unique floating restaurant of your own which you can enjoy while taking in the views along the way. Ahoy there captain !
This charming 114 year old Dutch barge is an historical and rustically architectured delight. Moored near the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it offers amazing views of London’s Skyline, including the Olympic Stadium. You can choose to dine in the cosy ambience of the lower deck, warmed by a log burning fire, or dine on the incredible outdoor deck area to take in the sights. This floating restaurant is capable of carrying 120 guests, but with increased demand for their renowned services, Barge East has now expanded and developed the Barge East Gardens in order to accommodate many more who wish to dine, drink, and soak up this unique experience.
This Chinese Restaurant floats majestically on Regents Canal and is set in the magnificence of London’s Regents Park. Constructed in the 1980’s, it was the first floating restaurant of its kind in London. The Feng Shang Princess exudes everything oriental from its pagoda style exterior to its defining interior décor. This award winning venue has a menu that offers a delicious variety of Chinese culinary delights and delicacies, including favourites like crispy duck pancakes, salt and pepper tofu and gyoza. A unique experience that beats your average Chinese restaurant.
Initially a passenger ferry, a goods ferry and an art gallery, The Tattershall Castle was totally refurbished at great cost in 1982 to the floating restaurant and bar it is today. Moored at Victoria Embankment on the River Thames, this pub on the Thames is perfect for a day out with friends. Berthed opposite the London Eye, which is spectacularly illuminated at night-time, you’ll get many brilliant views across the river, whilst dining on favourites like fish and chips out on the deck. Think of a great, British London pub – on water!
Permanently docked between Lambeth & Vauxhall Bridge, Tamesis Dock is a 1930’s converted Dutch Barge. they offer pub food classics like fish and chips and burgers, all to be enjoyed with a pint in your hand and live entertainment around you. You can venture below deck for a cosy dining experience, or enjoy your food in the generous outdoor space, whilst soaking up the amazing alfresco ambiance, posing great views of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. Tamesis isn’t going to be awarded any Michelin stars for its food anytime soon but its great for a fun night out with friends.
I hope you enjoyed London’s best floating restaurants and bars.