The Union Tavern

Bars and pubs Maida Hill
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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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From the outside, set on a busy traffic bridge, this looks like an archetypal JAG (Just Another Gastropub) makeover. Head through the pub to the terrace, though, and the scenery changes completely: table after table after table beneath large black umbrellas, all overlooking the slow-flowing canal. This terrace is the Grand Union’s greatest asset, to be sure.

However, the interior is also attractive, done out with post-war propaganda photographs of the catering and drinking industries. There’s enough chat-level indie din to bring in the twentysomethings, but there are couple-friendly low brown sofas in the street-level main bar area.

The beers are decent – Litovel, San Miguel and Becks Vier alongside Fuller’s ales – although there are few surprises in the cocktail or wine lists.

There are gastro-standard mains; the highlight of the food menu is the dozen mix and match tapas plates. Not such a JAG after all.


Venue name: The Union Tavern
Address: 45 Woodfield Road
W9 2BA
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun Food served noon-10pm Mon-Sat; noon-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Westbourne Park tube
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Despina T

Located close to Westbourne Park station, Union tavern is one of my favorite pubs in London. The small terrace by Regent's canal is the perfect place to be on a sunny day. The interior is great too; simple decoration that creates a nice and warm atmosphere. They serve a great selection of craft beers and delicious food. The menu might be a typical pub menu with no big surprises, however everything is carefully prepared and nicely served.

Elisa R

Every time I’ve walked past this pub on Regent’s canal, I’ve been drawn to it without being able to go in, being on the wrong side of the water. I’ve finally got around to going in a couple of weeks ago and it’s a lovely little tavern. Classic craft beers that will make your taste buds jump around in ectasy, pub food (which I haven’t tried but how bad could it possibly be?), Rock’n’roll: what more can one ask for? They also have DJ nights several times a month. I'd mostly recommend going on a warm day though as they have a really nice outdoors area on the canal which would make the experience way more special.

I <3 Movies

love the live music and atmosphere also the roof top area great for a date or just a night out

Laurie F

Amazing craft beer selection and beer garden over looking the canal. Love this place!

Camille D

You have to wait ages to order a drink. There are only two people behind the bar!!!!

Flora M

This page is very outdated! The Union does not serve San Miguel or Becks anymore... but do serve a wide range of craft beers from all across the UK with a different draft beers every day. The food is pretty outstanding (specially if you like smoked meat - the Texas brisket is outrageously amazing) and the homemade BBQ sauce is to die for! 


Nice place for a drink but not to eat. Second time there for food and never again.-the first time everyone had to have their meal re-heated as cold but ok after that. This time- the veggie options were really poor - bad for London these days. The meat eaters were moderately happy with theirs- and all quite expensive for a less than adequate meal. Really gone down hill since the re-vamp . Service mixed with very pleasant woman and slightly short of rude man at the bar.

Dan Skipworth

This is a GREAT pub for food. I use it accasionally as my uncle lives nearby. The food is good traditional stuff all of which is excellently prepared, well presented and tastes good. It has become a bit pricey, but hey, the chefs need to be paid. It is a popular pub, particularly in the summer and can be noisy. I use it at lunch times during the week. Highly recommended.


Have been meaning to go to this pub for years and eventually got round to going this weekend, it's in a great position right on the canal and in a lovely area. The interior of the pub is decent and the garden looks directly out onto the canal, the selection of beers is pretty good too. However, I was quite taken back by the way in which the staff conducted themselves, especially the bar 'manager'. They seemed to resent having people in the bar. When we made the booking we were told we could play our own music, what they failed to mention was that if they didn't like the music then they would come up with a weak excuse as to why they couldn't play it and instead play a bland and inappropriate mix of 'top 40'. They also refused to serve a couple we were with after no more than three or four drinks as they considered them too drunk, they were not, we complained and they continued to serve them. This was quite embarrassing for everyone involved.