Water Poet

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Spitalfields
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Water Poet

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, pool parlour, a downstairs theatre and a sun-trap of a beer garden. The food offering includes small plates, large plates and sharing platters. 

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Venue name: Water Poet
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Address: 9-11 Folgate Street
London
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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Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:17
  • 4 star:10
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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L-J
tastemaker

Popped in for the 6 nations rugby yesterday as England dominated Scotland. This is a perfect place to watch all the games, with 8 screens including a cinema sized screen in the cellar bar, and two in the outside area, this place has the rugby covered. They do a decent fish and chips too, busy but good atmosphere.  

Milena C
tastemaker

Spacious pub, perfect to organize a birthday party, they can book you an area for free, ideal for a great night. Their beer garden is also very nice in the summer and they do swing classes in the basement once a week. A hidden gem!

Jboyle14
tastemaker

Great, spacious pub tucked away just off Liverpool Street which does a £10 lunch & drink deal which is not only massive but also tasty. No such thing as portion control in here, so plan your afternoon nap in the office accordingly.

Chesca R
Tastemaker

Warning Warning the pie servings here are humongous I couldn't work afterwards and had to go home to digest. The pie and mash were both delicious, couldn't fault them. The beer is good and well kept, The reason it is falling short of five stars is that the location of the water poet means that it has some tough food contenders within very close proximity. Whilst the pie was great, if you want fish and chips you go to Poppies, if you fancy a burger honest burger is doing a better job, So whilst there is nothing wrong with the rest of menu they can't compete with the experts. 

Nicole
tastemaker

By far the best beer garden in London. Even when the sun isn’t shining the atmosphere in this ruins styled bar is great, and just what you need to relax and chill with friends on a Friday night after work. The outdoor beer garden is literally covered in fairy lights, setting a perfect backdrop. They serve a range of beers and wines, all priced fairly average considering its central London location. Although it does get pretty busy, especially in the warmer months, I would definitely recommend coming here and enjoying a drink in the amazing beer garden!

NakedPRGirl Claire
Tastemaker

"I'm just going to take a picture of the front of the pub so I can review it for Time Out," I said to my friend Chris - and look at him, pretending to look at his watch. And this fab bloke in the window giving the thumbs up - I mean, come on, what a place! This is close to Liverpool Street station but round a few back streets. If you go on a Friday night it will be absolutely off the scale packed with the East London crowd which spans the sprawling pub, and an outside bit that is covered. Booze is normal for London pub schiz and the service is speedy. If you want something normal, relaxed and no nonsense with an atmosphere and loads of creative types drinking after work, this is your joint.

Adam L

Amazing little/big pub! This place has everything you need... Great food, good beers, exciting sporting events!! Can't recommend it enough. Thanks Adam.

Aude
tastemaker

The Euro 2016 just started. If you are looking for a place to watch the game, don't think twice, Water Poet!

With its big outdoor screen, it is perfect to enjoy the competition! The venue on itself is really nice, and quite spacious, but go early, the pub is always full, especially during the week when all the workers from the city meet there for an afterwork beer!

Jojuj
Tastemaker

A surprisingly large pub with something for everyone:

- a warm and tiny downstairs performance space

- a plant-filled beer garden

- rooms with TVs for the sports fans

- cosy armchairs and couches for people who want to stay a while

- rooms with tables big enough to order food


It does get very busy, though, so getting in early and fiercely defending a table may be called for.

Louise H
Tastemaker

A friend picked this location for a large group of us to meet. Situated a 5 minute walk from Liverpool Street station down a small side street I was dubious upon spotting it that there would be enough room for us. I stepped inside…to discover a simply enormous pub! Full of sexy City boys there are several massive rooms with cosy looking armchairs, and several big screens were up showing various football games. What really makes this pub stand out is the beer garden- a large outdoor area with fairy lights in place of a roof. The selection of beers and wines was large, and the food was excellent- burgers were juicy and perfectly-cooked, chips were crispy yet fluffy, and the bar snack options of Welsh rarebit and scotch eggs gave this pub the ultimate British feel. For those who work nearby, I envy you- for others, it is well worth a trip.

Emma P
Staff Writer

This pub down a side street near Spitalfields has something for everyone. It's really deceptive from the outside, looking of average size, but it's enormous inside. There's a pool room, a large garden, several bars and a large downstairs function room that's perfect for parties of 50+. The atmosphere is buzzy rather than corporate and the staff are pretty friendly, until it's closing time when they suddenly get all bossy – 11pm feels like an early curfew, especially in these surroundings and in this bit of town. 

K M
Staff Writer

Lovely pub just off the bustling streets of Shoreditch. The venue is massive, dont think i've ever seen a pub in London so big. Plenty of bar space which sell an array of craft beers. I visited in the winter but in the summer it would be really nice to seat out in the garden beneath the twinkly fairy lights. Great for a catch up with friends

Scott
Staff Writer

Good little pub, great selection but was put out a bit when we were all kicked out at closing time...11pm...on a Saturday!

Babs - Working Girl London
Tastemaker

Hidden away down a side street, this pub is pretty understated. It's actually really nice and has tons of space, including a brilliant beer garden which is perfect for the summer months. The food is average and prices overall are pretty reasonable. It's good for if you're meeting up as a big group which can be tough in London.

Bonnie W
Tastemaker

From the outside, this pub looks like any other but I was so surprised at how big it is inside. There are so many different rooms to find a spot to sit in, and there's a fantastic patio in the back. I came here after dinner, but will definitely need to go back and try the food - it all looked great!

Alicia T

Lovely staff and a great atmosphere every day of the week. I reserved their barn for a birthday party one summers evening and my friends loved the place - our own sound system and a large private area which opens up onto the beautifully lit (always teeming) pub garden. Food's good too.

Greg B

It's really picked up its game in recent times. Goes to the top of my list.

Gareth H

Lovely quirky pub on the edge of the City. Busy throughout the weekend with Hipsters and City types and then lovely and chilled at the weekends with tourists and locals relaxing for a bite to eat and a few drinks

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.

FayeG

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.