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Humble Grape Canary Wharf © Jean Cazals via Humble Grape on Facebook

Where to Drink: Best Waterside Pubs and Bars in London

19 July 2019 | Billie Manning

Spotlight on: Humble Grape
You might have previously seen Humble Grape incarnations in Battersea, Islington and round the City. But now the wine bar is setting its sights on the Canary Wharf area, taking over a site right on the canalside and making for a hot new after-work spot.
 
You’ll be able to sip on a rotating list of at least 30 wines by the glass while sitting on the open-air waterside terrace – and if you fancy getting a bottle, you’ll have over 400 reds, rosés and whites to choose from, most of which will focus on sustainable practices. If you don’t finish a bottle or just want something extra to take with you, you’ll also have the opportunity to buy bottles of wine to take home.
 
To complement your wine choices (and stop you from getting too sloshed) there’s a delectable-sounding food menu on offer. There’s a great selection of small plates with a sophisticated touch, from beef short rib nuggets with oyster mayo to smoked cauliflower with summer greens, and since the Humble Grape will be open all day, a fine brunch selection too – we like the sound of the crushed artichokes on toast.

Number 90 Bar and Kitchen
What?
Big bar-club alongside the river Lea
Where? Hackney Wick
Why? There’s a buzzing vibe at Number 90, and they’re always throwing some fun party or another. Their terrace is big and directly on the water (don’t worry, there’s a fence so you don’t fall in). Bonus: there’s a photobooth for extra fun with friends
 
The Towpath Café N1
What? Adorable café serving small bites and wine
Where? De Beauvoir Town (the posh bit between Angel and Dalston)
Why? This place is just too cute for words. We’ll try though: imagine sitting on the side of a canal, a quiet path in North London. The sun is setting. You’ve got a chilled glass of white wine in hand. All is well
 
The Princess of Wales
What? Trad pub on the River Lea
Where? Lower Clapton, just down from Lea Bridge roundabout
Why? It’s all about the location here – you’ll get your standard IPAs and pub grub you’d expect from a Hackney pub, but you can enjoy it all on the cobbles right on the river Lea, watching the swans bob past
 
The White Swan
What? Tiny 17th century pub with a riverside beer garden
Where? Twickenham
Why? You’ll get transported back in time the minute you step into – or out of – the White Swan. The scene out from the beer garden couldn’t possibly be more bucolic, and it’s matched only by the gorgeously antique interiors
 
 
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