Alfred Le Roy

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Hackney Wick
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A Hackney Wick boat bar from the Crate Brewery team.

In the build-up to Brexit, Nigel Farage caused chaos on the Thames with a campaign flotilla seen off by Sir Bob Geldolf’s Remain fleet (yeah, sure). You won’t find such piratical drama on the gentle waters of the Lea, but that’s not to say it’s free of antics. The ever-popular Crate Brewery has opened up a barge bar for the summer, naming it the good ship Alfred Le Roy. And it’s a good ship indeed, serving cocktails while moored and taking pre-booked passengers on two-hour booze cruises.

Aboard the pretty blue boat are rows of communal tables with space for around 40 seated shipmates. They crank up old school house hits to add to the summer feel. At the bar, you’ll find classic cocktails done well – order a strong Dark ’n’ Stormy for seafaring the proper way – as well as new creations made with kombucha (fermented tea) brewed at the bar’s other venture in the vicinity, Mick’s Garage. An Akoya featured the tart tea and was seriously sour (in a good way) and refreshingly fruity.

Alfred’s an elusive kinda fella, though. We tried on three occasions to track down the barge, only to find that it was out for maintenance or taking a charter of drinkers out cruising. Rather than being all at sea, you’re better off booking one of those voyages for two hours of guaranteed Hackney hedonism (£20 including one cocktail, £40 with two drinks and a sharing platter). Forward planning may not be the pirate’s way, but at least you can party like one.

By: Laura Richards


Venue name: Alfred Le Roy
Address: Queens Yard Mooring, Queens Yard
White Post Ln
Hackney Wick
E9 5EN
Transport: Overground: Hackney Wick
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Stephen H

I when on the night cruise and loved the views of London at night. The cocktails are super and the atmosphere was wonderful. I will be back!

Carli H

Perfect in every way!!!! Gorgeous cocktails, refreshing local cider & beer, delicious food, chilled/fun atmosphere and to top it all off the staff are friendly & very attentive!!
An easy 5* day x

Jordan H

Cocktails on a boat! Loved the Espresso Martini and the Toffee Apple Sour sunniest spot on Hackney Wick. Love it.

Ioanna La

Amazing boat cruise by Crate Brewery. It departs right in front of Crate and takes a lovely route along the river Lea, starting from the now "upgraded" busy full of vibe Hackney wick, passes in front of Olympic park's hip media centre, turns its back to Stratford, goes through some residential areas, industrial areas, goes underneath the railway and up to somewhere near Clapton when it turns back. 

There is such a great vibe in there, with stunning views of the river Lea and its surroundings (parks, developments, industrial areas, bridges) and all the "wildlife" and the narrowboats! It is quite an alternative to the all time classic cruise along the Thames and way more chilled. The cruise for us lasted about 2,5 hours, a bit too long according to some of my friends but for me it was perfect. It wasn't really sunny but it was warm so it was quite enjoyable to stand at the front of the boat and look around. 

The boat itself is very pretty, these people have done a good job! We took the £20 cocktail cruise selection. Food looked ok but I am not sure weather it is worth it the £40. The selection of the cocktails is broad and they're delicious. The stuff is friendly and welcoming. Last but not least the music was great, ideal, with some indie-mainstream tunes! They might have run out of songs at some point though but never mind! Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. It was a great summer day out. Definitely recommended. Go there before the summer is over!

Harriet E

Amazing location in trendy Hackney Wick. good atmosphere and great service. Can't wait to go cruising with them in summer, great all round idea