Moored on the Grand Union Canal outside Paddington Station, Darcie Green and May Green aren’t simply floating barges; they’re also floating pieces of art designed by the legendary Sir Peter Blake. With owners from Down Under, it’s no surprise that there are flat whites and slices of banana bread for breakfast, plus bottomless Aussie brunch and a menu of fair dinkum Antipodean-inspired dishes. The combined 50-metre upper deck is perfect in summer.
There’s something magical about dining beside water, whether it’s the silvery Thames or London’s intricate network of canals. By day, riverside diners can delight in watching the passing boats and the odd duck or two, while at night, the water becomes a mirror that reflects the city’s sparkling lights. Here are some memorable options from riverside dining, whether they’re plush South Bank restaurants, casual pitstops, or even cafés on boats. Cast your eyes south for a round-up of our favourite waterside restaurants in London (a few of which can also be found, inevitably, on our best outdoor dining and restaurants with a view lists).
Recommended: Sip a pint by the water at the best riverside pubs