Hattie Lloyd 20/04/23
Paddington’s canals have got a lot more going for them these days.
And here’s a spot you do want to touch with a bargepole.
Pergola Paddington is a leafy, two-storey, 850-capacity Mexican-styled hacienda in Paddington Basin with DJs, street food and cocktails.
Shielded from the industrial views around it, it’s a little al fresco oasis amidst the glossy offices and bustling transport lines. Every season, the terrace attempts to blend in with its environment and for the upcoming summer, Pergola Paddington will be matching London’s sun-drenched weather with breezy rattan furniture, cabanas, cacti, palms and a beach bar that doles out tequila-based cocktails. It’s the type of place that you’d feel inclined to show up to in bare feet, although you do actually have to wear shoes here…
Head downstairs, and you’ll find the pergola itself, decked out in many shades of yellow and cream; a beachy pebble floor; and rows & rows of bookable long benches – handy, since your nose will soon be leading you to one of the street food stalls, which currently include:
Salt Shed: barbecued British meat, either on a plate (like a beef steak or a 12-hour, barbecue-glazed pastrami steak), in a burger (say beef stacked with bacon, American cheese and beef-dripping mayo), or in a sandwich (a classic steak sarnie in a toasted ciabatta roll);
Temaki Bros: various East Asian-style snacks like bao buns, dumplings, spring rolls and Japanese fried chicken; and
Lucky’s Hot Chicken: who serve their name sake and Southern speciality in sandos (Nashville or Buffalo), as wings or tenders, and with pickles & comeback sauce.
Behind Pergola Paddington’s two lengthy bars, the ‘tenders will also be mixing spritzers, rum punches, daiquiris, pina coladas, passionfruit martinis, margs, and largs (the ones topped with a Corona). Name an iconic summer drink and it’s probably on the menu. There’s also beer of course – on tap or bottled, craft or lager. The soundtrack? DJs spinning tropical tunes and Casa Del Mar sounds ’til late. And last but not least… there’ll also be boozy bottomless brunches every weekend. See you at the bottom?
Or on the floor somewhere…
NOTE: Pergola Paddington is open from 5-11pm Wed-Fri and 12-11pm Sat-Sun. They take walk-ins, but you can make reservations (for up to 199 people) on their website right HERE.
Pergola Paddington | 5 Kingdom Street, W2 6PY
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5 Kingdom Street, Paddington, W2 6PY
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