London Shell Co. | Candlelit Canal Cruises
They’re not very mainstream.
But they still, nevertheless, provide some of the finest waterside dining 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 on the moorings near Little Venice.
For both lunch and dinner, the moorings are unhitched, ropes are pulled in, and the whole restaurant takes a languid jaunt downriver for a few hours, passing by the London Zoo and Regent’s Park, 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 Fri-Sun. You can find out more, and book lunch or dinner right HERE.
ALSO NOTE: What’s that boat next door, you ask? Well, that’s their stationary sibling, The Grand Duchess.
London Shell Co. | The Prince Regent, moored alongside Sheldon Square, W2 6PY
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