They’re not very mainstream.
But they still, nevertheless, provide some of the finest eating and drinking in the capital. Mostly thanks to places like the London Shell Co. – a cozy, intimate seafood restaurant housed in a refurbed canal boat named The Prince Regent which you’ll find floating off the moors of Little Venice.
At lunch the whole thing stays static, but come the evening moorings are unhitched, ropes are pulled in, and the whole restaurant takes a languid jaunt downriver for a few hours, while its passengers feast on all manner of British seafood & wines.
The swimmers on offer include dishes like Morecambe Bay oysters (with a LSC house dressing of moscatel vinegar, chilli, celery & cucumber); smoked cod’s roe with burnt leeks on toast; and bacon with cockles and laver bread – and they sometimes add a little British game to the menu to stay seasonal.
Washing it all down, you’ll find an extremely well curated wine list (leaning heavily towards French & English vineyards) and a similarly short-but-sweet cocktail lineup: the Simcoe Black, for instance, has rum, cider brandy, vermouth, and a bracing kick if you’re in the mood for that.
Whatever floats your boat.
NOTE: London Shell Co. is open for cruising dinners from Wed-Sat, and cruising lunches on weekends (plus Fridays in December) – you can book both right HERE.
London Shell Co. | The Prince Regent, moored alongside Sheldon Square, W2 6PY
What’s that boat next door, you ask? Well, that’s their new sibling, The Grand Duchess