There are many reasons why Londoners go categorically ape-shit for a boat. We’re a landlocked city with a great appreciation for Below Deck and who lovingly chant The Lonely Island’s I’m On a Boat every single time we so much as step a toe on a pedalo. Bless our hearts. Enter Barge East, an old Dutch barge that’s over 100 years old and has been docked in Hackney Wick and transformed into a ‘floating dining room’. On the deck you can sit al fresco and make your way through their menu of things like courgette flowers stuffed with beef tartare, seared pork neck, and big-deal roasts come Sunday. If you’re haunted by Titanic or just don’t really trust anything on water, then know that they also have a garden on dry land that’s perfect for a glass of wine in the sunshine.
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