9–11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX 020 7426 0495
Set on a quiet street opposite the Dennis Severs’ house, the Water Poet looks, from the outside, like a smart but traditional boozer. Inside, though, is a surprisingly large labyrinth of brightly coloured rooms with leather sofas and gilt mirrors, and a partly canopied terrace with fairy lights, above which rises a mixture of Huguenot houses and glitzy city tower blocks. There’s a theatre downstairs and a pool table, and they serve a broad selection of beers including Belgian beers, Timothy Taylor, Flowers Original, Meantime and Truman's ales, plus a selection of specialty bottled beers. To keep both Shoreditch trendies and city punters entertained, there’s a lively series of events, from the Underground Picturehouse to Pancake Day bashes, comedy and cabaret. One of the best pubs in the area.
The Water Poet has to be one of my favourite pubs in East London. It's a little dishevelled on the inside, but that just adds to the rustic British charm. However, the real draw here is the outside area round the back, as it's a rarity to have such decent outdoor space round these parts. The prices are a little on the high side for the area, but I'd say it's worth it, given that it ticks the essential boxes. I would definitely recommend this place for a lazy Sunday – the roasts are outstanding, and a bit of an institution around Spitalfields.
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