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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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54 Formosa Street, St. John's Wood, London, W9 2JU

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The Waterway

54 Formosa Street
St. John's Wood
W9 2JU
+44 (0)20 7266 3557
Public transport:
Warwick Avenue, Underground


4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The Waterway

2.0 out of 5 19 May 2014
by A M.

Lots of semi-pretentious wannabes and so so food. Best thing about it is the location- right on the canal side. You can do better by having a drink or two and trundling off for dinner somewhere else.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

4.0 out of 5 21 October 2013
by Dilara E.

Bu mekanı çok seviyorum. Yıllar önceki ilk Londra seyahatimde kaldığım yer olan Warwick Avenue'ye yürüme mesafesinde, "Little Venice" kanalının dibinde bir mekan. Genelde yerli halkın tercih ettiği ve sevdiği bir mekan.

Dışarıdaki bahçe ve verandasında her daim bir akşamüstü içkisi içmek keyif verecektir size de. Havanın soğuk olmasını aldırış etmeyin, zira yeterli sayıda ısıtıcıları ve...more

4.0 out of 5 11 April 2013
by Britt X.

This is one of the few perfect spots for a summer's day pitcher of pimms or sangria. Located right on the Maida Vale canal, it has sun all day and locals flock there to spend the day and catch up with friends.

The best feature outdoor space as the indoor space fully opens up on one side, so even if you get a 'bad table' inside, you're still connected to the outdoors - big plus for London....more

4.0 out of 5 25 December 2012
by Caren H.

I went in the winter but got a glimpse of what the hype is all about--what a fantastic deck looking over the canals.

The interior is boring though. The food is good--nothing outstanding, but very good and definitely a good place for a nice meal. It is much more restaurant than pub inside.

I give it a 4 based on my visualization of what it is like in the summer.more