London's best riverside pubs and bars

Few things in London beat a pint by the river (or, indeed, canal). Here's our guide to the city's best waterside pubs and bars

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Waterway (Maida Vale)

  • Rated as: 3/5

The chief selling point of this stylish bar-restaurant is its wide terrace, so close to the Regent’s Canal that you can touch the bobbing barges. It’s quite pricey, but the clientele are happy to keep ordering as long as the sun keeps shining (you may find the interior completely empty of a July lunchtime), and it’s not as if the venue is cutting corners in its provisions. A flatscreen TV has been placed in front of a sofa for rainy days, though it’s just as nice to watch the barges from inside.

  1. 54 Formosa Street, W9 2JU
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Lockside Lounge (Camden)

  • Rated as: 3/5

A pleasant ten-minute walk past an array of bars clustered around the bridge, this first-floor boathouse-like venue above Cafe Chula makes great use of its location. It’s occasionally hired for private parties but when it’s open to all, you can gaze over the twinkling lights around the lock and the bobbing barges as you sip your Erdinger. If it’s too nippy, the interior is long and artily loft-like, and fairly relaxed – at least compared to the glug-’em-quick vibe on the main drag.

  1. 75-89 West Yard, Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF
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