Weather wise, living in Britain has sharpened our internal barometers to be prepared for any eventualities that the sky gods throw at us. So when the sun perks up at the last minute, we're outside faster than that intoxicated city bloke running for that last train home. But alas, where to go? Thames-side spots will be crowded, parks are fun until you need the loo and pubs with the ‘not so secret’ beer gardens are, well, meh. Instead we’d suggest absconding from all of the above and checking out these East London watering holes housed along the serene canals.
By Hannah Evans
Gotto Trattoria | Hackney Wick
After a long day shopping at Westfield’, come and rest those weary feet at Gotto Trattoria. Indulge in some rustic Italian munch or opt for a liquid diet with their Vermouth on tap at this new locale.
Crate Brewery | Hackney Wick
Even without the alluring view of the waterway this is still a popular spot to hang out at. Pop in for a drink, buy a crate of beer to take home, have a tour of the brewery, order food, gate crash a wedding; the possibilities are endless.
Number 90 Bar | Hackney Wick
Further up from Crate is Number 90, a relaxed warehouse/lounge-style venue with a massive riverside terrace and views across the Lea to the Olympic Park, if you’re lucky you may even get to chill in the moored narrowboat outside.
The Plough @ Swan Wharf
The Plough enables serious intake of rays via its enormous outdoor yard. Set right next to the canal and Olympic Park it has all the classic smattering of pub activities for an all day gathering, ping pong, darts shed and of course the all important BBQ.
Proud East | Haggerston
There’s never a dull moment at Proud East, hosting daily events such as live music, cinema club on the terrace, wine-tastings, traditional English high-tea and of course an ever changing restaurant menu. Currently they've got the mother of all Italian pop-ups in the form of the House of Peroni - there's much more to it than beer, we swear.
Barge House | Haggerston
If you wanna turn things down a notch, check out a more laid-back setting at the aptly named Barge House. It tempts passer-by’s with teas, cakes and brunches to refuel after a long walk or a paddle along the canal. Their intriguing menu offers a beef and Guinness stew with sourdough dumplings and three way pumpkin that would certainly rev up your energy levels.