Towpath cafe, Regents Canal – the perfect summer chill space


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There’s an outdoor brunch spot which myself and Tom have been frequenting of late that we feel you need to know about.

I say ‘frequenting’; we’ve been thrice and one of the main reasons for our return comes down to Tom’s flat being a five minute hungover stumble from this place. That aside, it doesn’t dispute the fact that Towpath cafe on Regent’s Canal in Haggerston is a perfect little chill space for unwinding on a Saturday or Sunday and losing a good few hours.

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With a regularly changing menu of eclectic offerings, the foodie aspect of Towpath is possibly its strongest asset. Expect choices such as artichoke globes, fresh fish, exotic salads and hearty, healthy breakfasts.

In our opinion, the next best thing to follow the food is the set-up of Towpath. Running along the edge of the canal, it operates out of four shutter-doored archways, each one being tiny in capacity, resulting in their contents (and their customers) chaotically spilling out onto the banks of the canal, creating a lively little brunch buzz.

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Towpath is an endearing jumble of colourful mismatched chairs, sizzling food sounds, bubbling chatter from groups of cafe-goers, hunger-evoking cooking smells and the comforting mechanic noises of the ongoing demand for the coffee machine. Menu options are scrawled onto a black board, home-made cakes and desserts fill the shelves of the rustic wooden counter and the Towpath dogs sit and watch the day unfold from the comfort of their little beds.

This little hubbub is beautiful in the sunshine and will leave you feeling happy, relaxed and less hungover, guaranteed.

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