Canal boat on a London canal


If it’s not somewhere you’ve ventured before it’s well worth checking out the local businesses that have set up shop there.

From barge bars to performance spaces there’s a community within itself right on the banks of the canal. 

We’ve rounded up the most popular spots as well as those that are lesser known to help you plan your day at River Lea London. 

Alfred Le Roy 

One of the most popular spots on the canal is the Alfred Le Roy – a cocktail bar and event space on-board a barge. 

Take a trip down the canal while you sip on your favourite tipple, have a bite to eat from their tasty sharing platters and get a unique view of Hackney Wick from the water. 

It’s even open in winter so you can get cosy with family and friends.

Available for advanced bookings only or for private hire, it would be a unique spot for a Christmas night out with your colleagues too.

Book tickets and view more information on their website

Canalside Mooring 7 Queens Yard, E9 5EN

Barge East

Step aboard and be transported back to the early 20th century on this floating bar and kitchen. 

Barge East is an original 114-year-old Dutch barge, now serving drinks and food all year round for daily bookings or private parties. 

In winter you can cosy up by the log burning fire inside or step out onto the deck to take in the incredible view of the London skyline and Olympic Park. 

Their small plate dining experience brings seasonal dishes to the boat, prioritising local suppliers and exotic flavours.

View their main menu, brunch menu and Sunday lunch menu on their website

River Lee, Sweetwater Mooring, E9 5EN

Grow Hackney

Grow Hackney is an independent kitchen and bar, dedicated to providing a sustainable location for local artists and community groups.

A welcoming spot designed for showcasing music, art, food and more, Grow Hackney is a unique addition to the River Lea canal side. 

Not only do they prioritise using locally and sustainably sourced ingredients, but they also use eco-electricity, work in partnership with local ethical enterprises and offer free events to share the best in local art and culture. 

You can find out more about their business ethos on their website and view upcoming events here

98c Wallis Road, E9 5LN

Number 90 Bar and Restaurant

This spacious canal-side bar and restaurant is a popular spot with live music, DJs and a waterside terrace for the warmer months (or the brave!). 

If you’re looking for a unique spot to catch up with friends before Christmas, head here for locally sourced seasonal produce, an expansive cocktail menu and an events programme featuring music, comedy, film and theatre.

Find out more on the Number 90 Bar and Restaurant website and book a table for your next night out.

90 Wallis Road, E9 5LN

Stour Space

What was once an abandoned building is now a thriving multi-functional creative venue with studio space, galleries and a café.

The space provides an affordable base for local artists and community groups to showcase their work. As a non-profit organisation, funds raised from the café and bar go directly towards supporting local enterprises, residents, artists and committee groups. 

If you’re passing by, pop in for a bite to eat from their seasonal menu, all made with locally sourced ingredients. 

Check out their Facebook page for the latest events and installations.

7 Roach Road, E3 2PA

This is just a small collection of the bars, restaurants and community spaces open on the River Lea London. Why not explore for yourself and find out what else is on offer around the Hackney Wick area.