You almost can't go wrong with a canal-side pub... well, not unless you drink too much and fall in. But you know what we mean. London does towpath drinking well, if sparingly. One of the best in town can be found out east, where the Princess of Wales merges seamlessly into the towpath beside the Lea Bridge Road.
The plum seats are undoubtedly out here beside the water, but don't discount the bricks and mortar. The roomy wooden interior gets slap-happy with the blue hues, as though to suggest liquid ingress but is a comfortable and charming place to drink.
This is a Young's pub, so has the usual range of ales and competent menus (including a lot of attention to burgers). This being Hackney, there's a separate brunch menu (11am-3pm) with all the expected avo-sourdough-fishfinger fillers.
Quiz night is Wednesday.
Last visited: June 2022. Images courtesy of Youngs (except the penultimate one, which we took).