Queensmith Loves | Darcie & May Green
Forget canal-side dining, Darcie & May bring you on-canal dining, with their two 50 metre barges, nestled side by side for the cosiest and coolest London hotspot. Did someone say Prosecco on tap?
The boat couldn’t be in a more accessible spot - step out of Paddington Station and you’re met with the bright, bold colours of the Australian-inspired restaurant: think abstract patterns, tropical greenery and neon signs. The boats were, after all, designed by none other than renowned pop artist Sir Peter Blake. You can’t miss this place. Despite the loud exterior, inside is a little more mellow, with simple, mid-century furniture, brass metal features and a neat marble bar. There’s nothing more idyllic than a water-side stroll, so not take a walk along the Little Venice footpath apres-food and take in the sights.
Yes, We Said Prosecco On Tap
Whether you’re after coffee or cocktails, Darcie & May covers it. Open between 7am and 11pm, the restaurant is soon to become a hotspot for brunch dates, dinner dates, and everything in between. All the usuals are dressed up a little; the smashed avocado comes on charcoal bread with homemade labne and Aleppo chilli. The buttermilk fried chicken is perfectly paired with bao bun, sriracha and lime mayo. A truly 21st century caterer, the restaurant has a large range of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free options so those with such requirements can expect more than a few undressed salad leaves to keep them going. Vegans, make sure you try the jackfruit curry. There are enough drinks to please all tastes - Prosecco (on tap!), eight signature cocktails and a range of craft beers sourced from Bermondsey and Devon. Oh, and bottomless brunch is only £39.50 for 2 hours of frivolity. Enjoy!
Darcie, the restaurant is open weekdays from 7.30am to 11pm, from 8am on Saturday and between 9am and 10pm Sundays. May is the cocktail bar, and has slightly different opening times so make sure you check them out. 50% of tables are left open for walk ins, because who doesn’t love spontaneity, but with the site getting more and more popular you can err on the side of caution by booking.
Grand Union Canal, Sheldon Square, Paddington Central W2 6DS