Water Poet

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Buried away off Bishopsgate in a cobbled corner close to Spitalfields Market where city suits and Shoreditch collide, the Water Poet is a multi-tasking gem with a bar, restaurant, cool pool parlour, a downstairs theatre and a super-duper sun-trap of a beer garden. Adorned in dishevelled decadence, it’s all down-holstered leather and velvets, gilded metal and myriad chairs on which to flex your pint-curls; from Chesterfields to church pews, school chairs to picture-house seats. There are weighing-in scales as you enter. Not entirely relevant but worth a mention. Clientele range from open-collared city sippers during the week and market meanderers on the weekend.

A bevy of Belgians under the Artois banner, Timothy Taylor and Flowers Original hold the fort on hand-pull and there’s Staropramen and Hoegaarden too.

There's serious sausage action on the bar and BBQ menu, sharing platters and, people say, a rather renowned roast of a Sunday.

Entertainment consists of ‘Witty in the City’ comedy nights every Thursday, the (rather odd) cabaret night on a Saturday while, upstairs, there’s pool and plasmas dotted both inside and out.

Venue name: Water Poet
Address: 9-11 Folgate Street
E1 6BX
Opening hours: Open Mon-Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail
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Stevie G

Really great pub that's a complete surprise when you walk through the door. Apart from the big main bar there's a HUGE garden and restaurant, and even a cinema downstairs.... Lovely place.


We love The Water Poet. It's the best Sunday lunch we've found in London. We're working our way through the desserts. The beer garden is great and the atmosphere makes it one of the coolest pubs I know.