When the sun comes out, Londoners don’t think twice about planning for fun outdoor activities; especially when waterfront. Winding through the City of Westminster, the River Thames offers plenty of reinvigorating opportunities for walking, jogging, floating and eating nearby. Less known is probably the fact London has many canals, studded with waterfront restaurants.
Darcie & May Green
Floating on the Grand Union Canal, Darcie & May Green offers idyllic canal barge dining from breakfast through to supper. Designed by Sir Peter Blake, the ‘godfather’ of British pop art, these twin floating pieces of art are ready to cater to your gastronomic needs all day long. May Green is open early morning with delicious breakfast options before providing late-hours entertainment with music and craft beer. Darcie Green starts a little later with a great Aussie brunch and then continues with an Antipodean-inspired menu offering healthy lunches and relaxing dinners.
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Feng Shang Princess
Enjoy some of the finest Chinese food while you relax onboard London’s first floating restaurant, surrounded by the beauty and splendour of Regents Park at the Cumberland Basin. A favourite among celebrities from the world of film and TV, Feng Shang Princess offers speciality dishes such as vegetarian crispy duck served with pancakes as well as lobster, and of course crispy Peking Duck.
Sunborn London – Lands End
Moored at the Victoria Dock, Lands End floating restaurant offers a superb fine dining experience. Drawing inspiration from the best of international cuisine, Executive Head Chef Franck Katemesha creates signature dishes using the freshest local ingredients. With its intimate cedar and brass surroundings, Lands End provides the perfect backdrop to the enticing gourmet treats on offer.
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The Yacht London
Serving modern European cuisine and offering splendid views of the River Thames, the Yacht London promises a unique nautical dining experience. As soon as you step aboard, you can feel the history in this naval yacht-turned-restaurant, while the delicious seafood might catch your attention, don’t overlook the enticing veg-chic offering, like the carefully assembled roasted aubergine with butternut squash purée. Then relax after dinner, on the rise and fall of the river and choose from the great selection of gin and tonics on offer here as the sun sets over one of the world’s most iconic vistas.
Hop aboard this lovingly restored historic 114-year-old Dutch Tjalk, and embark on a gastronomic voyage taking in enchanting creations like pan-fried sea bream, crispy duck and Jackfruit taco. Bobbing effortlessly on the River Lee in Hackney Wick, De Hoop offers dining concepts inspired by Head Chef, Ryan Craig’s travels around the world. Enjoy seasonal dishes lovingly crafted using locally sourced ingredients.
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The Glass Room
With all new luxurious interiors by Tom Dixon, The Glass Room weighed anchor at the start of 2019, so all aboard for an all-new dining experience. With its glass structure, you can relax and enjoy spectacular views of London, as you effortlessly drift along, dining on a selection of the best modern British cuisine including Severn and Wye smoked salmon, slow-cooked rump of lamb, and pistachio and apricot torte.
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