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Hattie Lloyd 12/11/22

Pergola Paddington

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.

It’s called Pergola Paddington (or Pergola On The Piste in its current, après-ski style, incarnation), and it’s commandeered a leafy, two-storey, 850-capacity semi-outdoor space in the Paddington Basin development for street food and cocktails. And you.

Shielded from the industrial views around it, it’s a little wintry oasis amidst the glossy offices and bustling transport lines. You’ll arrive to find yourself on the fairy-lit upstairs terrace, equipped with long table communal seating, cosy chalets (ideal for bigger groups, and bookable in advance), gingham-clothed benches and a very large bar, at which you’ll spy cocktails on tap, draught beers, wine and G&Ts.

Pergola On The Piste

Head downstairs, and you’ll find the pergola itself, festooned with fairy lights, pine trees and actual, proper skis, and set with rows and rows of picnic tables – handy, since your nose will soon be leading you to one of the street food stalls, which currently include:

Filth & Co, joyfully dirty, joyfully greasy burgers stacked with smash beef patties and festive fillings like melted camembert and cranberry ketchup;

Off-Piste, purveyors of potato rosti, pigs in blankets, chocolate fondue and other mountainous snacks; and

The Mac Factory, pots of hot, gooey mac and cheese in many forms, from the classic three cheese blend to jerk chicken and chipotle beef chilli; and

Yuki Japanese Kitchen; Japanese bites, gyoza and mochi alongside more alpine-ready specials like turkey karaage baos.

Behind their two lengthy bars, the ‘tenders will also be mixing winter spritzers, pouring mulled wine and hot apple cider, and pulling a couple of craft beers on tap. The DJs will be spinning records till late to fill up the dancefloor. And on Christmas Eve they’ll be hosting a santa party with shot-skis and santa hats.

And plenty of Christmas cheers


NOTE: Pergola On the Piste is open from 4-11pm Mon-Tues and 12-11pm Wed-Sun. They take walk-ins, but you can make reservations (for up to 199 people) on their website right HERE.

Pergola On the Piste | 5 Kingdom Street, W2 6PY

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Pergola Paddington

5 Kingdom Street, Paddington, West London, W2 6PY
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07951 890 484

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