The Waterway


The Waterway is a restaurant and bar with a difference; the 'Union Canal'-side location in Maida Vale, combined with its al fresco dining, provides it with one of the most enjoyable outdoor terraces in all of London. The comfortable restaurant shares an interior space with a bar and lounge area, leading out onto a 120 sq ft outdoor terrace at the front of the building. It's one of the few places in London where outdoor drinking and eating can be enjoyed in such tranquil surroundings.<br/><br/>A delicious and varied menu of modern European food accompanied by a fine selection of Old and New World wines and beer, together with its child-friendly atmosphere, makes the Waterway a perfect location for a quick drink, or something more substantial. Make sure not to miss the renowned summer barbecues and live acoustic music!

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The Waterway

54 Formosa Street
St. John's Wood
W9 2JU
Public transport:
Warwick Avenue, Underground
Book a taxi on +44 (0)844 556 0706 or with London's biggest car service app
Yelp Reviews


3 out of 5 based on 35 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The Waterway

3.0 out of 5 11 March 2015
by Tiggi K.

The location is nice, right on the canal and the terrace is great in the summer. Inside is ok and the staff are usually great (with a few exceptions).

The food is good but not great. I was a bit disappointed the last time I went but not a bad place to go if you're in the area.more

3.0 out of 5 11 February 2015
by Jessica B.

This is good date night place or a place to hang out at the bar with a few friends. The ambience is cozy and inviting, my only complaint is the service was slow and the food was a little bland, a bit more salt would help. Overall I will go again because it really is a nice restaurant, I plan on trying a different dish next time.more

3.0 out of 5 7 February 2015
by Larissa R.

I happened to be picking up my sister-in-law from Paddington station, and had planned to show her around Little Venice before stopping at a cosy pub for a Saturday lunch.

After walking up the canal, getting farther away from the heart of Little Venice, I spotted a pub across the water just by a bridge. It was the Waterway. I checked the Yelp reviews, and they looked promising. Off we...more

4.0 out of 5 10 November 2014
by Cecilia E.

Really great spot by the canal. Lovely atmosphere and great service!more

3.0 out of 5 13 April 2014
by Christina B.


There's nothing greater than sitting by the canal on a warm spring day with a cocktail, right?

But what if you have to sit on the sidewalk? And your okay cocktail is £10? And you can't get some food to save your life?

I wanted to love this place, but I just left a bit angry. We wanted to eat. We waited nearly 2 hours for a table the was supposed to be ready in half the time. It's a...more

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