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East London’s Cult Canal-Side Café Is Open Again

Towpath returns, which is the surest sign it’s nearly spring

Towpath Cafe in east London is back open on the canal near Haggerston
Smoked mackerel and rhubarb, as seen last summer at the Towpath cafe in Haggerston
Micaela Philippo

The Haggerston Riviera may not be what it once was. But in an area — and industry at large — which has come to be designed by flux, there remain some steadying constants. One of them is the seasonal return of the Towpath café, by the canal, under the Whitmore Bridge between De Beauvoir Town and the stretch between Shoreditch and Dalston.

Man about Instagram and food writer Ed Smith announced, that the Towpath is reopen once more — a sure sign that spring is near, if not quite here. The business itself is quiet across the internet, relying on word-of-mouth and social media to announce its emergence from hibernation.

Indeed, it has become a winner across Instagram: its lawn-green tables a familiar canvas on which all sorts of accidental influencers lay eggs on toast, tumblers of espresso, or chickpeas with chard.

It appears the cafe opened last week, though opening hours do vary according to the weather; it stays open later when the night’s get longer.

Check back soon for full details of Towpath’s latest menu. In the meantime, rest assured that one of the city’s best cheese toasties has returned, too.

Towpath Café

42 De Beauvoir Crescent, , England N1 5SB Visit Website

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