For an enjoyable breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner with a view worthy of royalty, head to the Regent’s Canal area of London
. Enjoy a glass of homemade lemonade waterside or dine like a prince in a spectacular ancient building slightly further from the water’s edge. From Venezuelan to Indian and classic British fare, Regent’s Canal has restaurants to suit all tastes. Check out ten of our favourites.
The Proud Archivist
Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, British
A gallery, bar, cafe, restaurant and event space all in one, The Proud Archivist is a treasure chest for artsy food lovers who love nothing more than to enjoy their morning coffee canal-side. Inspired by the grandiose London coffee houses of the 17th and 18th centuries, The Proud Archivist is split over two open floors and boasts floor to ceiling windows that fill the space with natural light and enable dwellers to watch the swans from the warmth of indoors. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee seven days a week, this is the perfect stop for a meal alone, with a partner or with friends. The restaurant serves seasonal, sustainably sourced British cuisine. Check ahead to find out what events and exhibitions are on now.
Park Terrace Restaurant Lounge and Bar
Restaurant, British, European, $$$
Situated inside the Royal Garden Hotel, Park Terrace Restaurant Lounge and Bar offers diners seasonal British dishes with a beautiful view overlooking Kensington Gardens. For special occasions and intimate dinners the fine-dining restaurant serves only the freshest, sustainably sourced dishes in a welcoming and elegant setting. Light bites are available throughout the day in the Lounge as well as typical English afternoon tea. Finally the bar serves a variety of tapas-style dishes, an array of fruity cocktails and a selection of beers and ales from local London brewery The Meantime Company.
Restaurant, South American, Venezuelan, $$$
For a lively splash of Latin America along Regent’s Canal, there’s nowhere better than Arepa. A Venezuelan dining establishment complete with techni-coloured bar and hammock chairs, the dishes are freshly made and are bursting with authentic flavours. Stop by for an unbeatable breakfast or a long lunch complemented by an array of rum-based cocktails and a sprinkling of traditional Latin music. For those who don’t fancy a tipple, the homemade lemonade is just as delicious and incredibly refreshing too. Situated along the water’s edge, on a sunny day this restaurant is the perfect escape from the drear of the city centre.
Zaika of Kensington
Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, Indian, $$$
Far from a typical London curry house, Zaika of Kensington is the place to go for upmarket, high-end contemporary Indian cuisine. Located inside an exquisitely beautiful building, the restaurant is luxurious both inside and out. Diners can relax in the plush furnishings as they take in the vivid yet subtle decor and read through the ample tempting dishes on the menu. Choose the six course sampling menu for the true Zaika experience or ask the waiter for his recommendations for a less elaborate meal. Prices aren’t cheap but the quality of the food and location of the restaurant is well worth splashing out on. There’s also an elaborate cocktail bar perfect for a pre or post dinner drink.
Cheneston’s at the Milestone Hotel
Serving fine British cuisine in a grand, regal, Victorian dining room, Cheneston’s at the Milestone Hotel is the perfect choice restaurant for a fancy affair. Diners can opt for the a la carte or table d’hôte menu and sample any of the more than 300 bottles of vintage wine from the cellar whilst they tuck into their lunch or dinner. Guests can also enjoy a lengthy breakfast at Cheneston’s with a choice of continental or cooked delights. Go for the Chef’s signature eggs benedict or smoked haddock for the full English breakfast experience. This five star restaurant in its picturesque location is not to be missed.
Tucked away along the canal path, the Towpath Cafe is an enticingly rustic affair. Born out of four containers on the waterside, this cafe attracts East London’s coolest walkers and cyclists after a simple yet delightfully tasty brunch or a true Italian cup of coffee and slice of delicious cake. Not far from the Whitmore Bridge, Towpath is open throughout spring, summer and some of autumn and offers both indoor and canal side seating. Stop by to enjoy a bowl of granola or toasted cheese sandwich whilst out walking the dog or have a slice of homemade quiche and watch the world go by. The perfect Sunday brunch haunt.
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
A restaurant that has visitors returning again and again, Foubert’s is an Italian tapas bar and restaurant slightly hidden away along Kensington High Street. Unlike so many Italian restaurants spread around the city, Foubert’s is an independent, family-run establishment and is superb value for money. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; Foubert’s is also well-known for the exquisite selection of homemade Italian ice creams on offer. Just across from the Royal Garden Hotel, pop in for one of the best pizzas in London or a delicious plate of pasta with salmon and finish off with a slice of creamy tiramisu.
Pub, British, $$$
For the traditional British pub experience head to the Goat Tavern near the entrance to Kensington Palace. Having first opened in 1679, the Goat Tavern is thought to be the oldest pub in Kensington and tunnels from its cellar lead into the palace grounds. Steeped in history, today this pub concentrates on cooking up the best pub grub imaginable. Book online to ensure a table and enjoy hand battered cod, chips and mushy peas or a traditional Sunday roast seven days a week. A range of cask ales and tempting wines are available in abundance as they should be in any proper pub.
Blanche Eatery: Kensington
Cafe, British, European, Healthy
Bringing some variety to the staple pre-packaged lunchtime sandwich, the Blanche Eatery offers a daily changing menu of delicious, healthy, filling and affordable lunches. Create your own salad combo or choose one from the menu such as roasted aubergine with feta, pomegranate and parsley. For those looking for something slightly more filling, there are also a range of wraps available as well as dishes of the day such as homemade beef burger with sundried tomatoes and cheddar cheese. The Blanche Eatery is also open for breakfast so locals and passing tourists can pop in for a cup of real coffee and a spinach and cheese croissant. Place an order for delivery now.
Restaurant, Chinese, Dim Sum
High up on the tenth floor of the Royal Garden Hotel, Min Jiang is one of London’s best contemporary, fine-dining, Chinese restaurants. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Min Jiang is renowned for its succulent Beijing duck, spicy Sichuan and dim sum. Spend a long lunch here admiring the magical views over Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and the capital’s skyline whilst tucking into the set menu or picking your favourite authentic dishes from the a la carte menu. Return another day for dinner and experience the same fabulous views by starlight and enjoy a late night tipple at the bar afterwards too.