It was Miss Scarlet with the candlestick in the Billiard Room! Or perhaps The Cellar Bar. It’s hard to tell at trendy East London watering hole, The Water Poet as there are a total of 8 separate areas. One of which actually is a traditional Pool Parlour, because, well who even plays Billiards anyway? Countering the usual slick city wine bars, The Water Poet is a colourful combination of the classic and the contemporary pub experience, sitting in London’s trendiest inner city district of Shoreditch. It’s also a deceptively big venue. Don’t let the modest frontage fool you, The Water Poet conceals one of the busiest, most lively pubs in town.
The Pub’s floorplan is very much like a Cluedo board too, actually. Each room coincidentally coloured either Plum, Red, Green, White or Blue. We love that they have a 'Pool Parlour’ because that’s pretty hard to come across these days with a lot of places ditching tables in favour of additional dining space. It’s also super unusual for a pub to have multiple rooms, which provides The Water Poet with a pretty massive USP. There’s The Cellar (complete with cinema system and private bar so ideal for functions), The Barn, The Back Bar, The Main Bar and a handful of garden spaces - both open and sheltered. It’s crammed with market styled oddities and interesting trinkets, making it quite the spectacle. We’re especially fond of the outdoor space with pretty pastel coloured picnic benches giving it a beer garden sort of atmosphere.
Music: Live, Acoustic
Dress Code: None
Train Station: Shoreditch Highstreet
Address: The Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate Street, London, E1 6BX
In recent years Cluedo’s cook and servant character, Mrs White, has actually been bumped from the game altogether, but lucky for us, The Water Poet are still serving delightful drinks and top notch grub. With all of your favourite wines, craft beers, ciders and sparklings, The Water Poet leaves nothing to be desired. In the summer, they even host an outdoor cider festival, solidifying it as the ultimate Shoreditchian pub. Their nosh is pretty remarkable too, offering guests incredible artisanal party boards of Meat, Fish and Vegetable selections as well as all of your classic pub-grub dishes and the occasional Hog Roast. #GrillSkillz. You can also grab selected meals from their daily menu with a complimentary pint or glass of wine for £12. Don’t mind if we do.
The Water Poet is very popular so can get pretty busy - and that’s not just because it’s a Poké-stop. It’s all go here, hosting events every single night of the week. With a calendar filled with events like: Tango and Swing Dance, Comedy evenings, Quizzes, Jumble Sales, Clothes Swaps, Movie Screenings and Spoken Word; we don’t know if it might even be worth taking a wallop over the head with the Lead Pipe just for the lie down. Sounds exhausting. We feel like they could be missing a trick by not hosting a murder mystery evening though. The Water Poet is also super close to Spitalfields Market, so ideal for that post-shop-drop, and is totally pooch friendly.
Because it’s such a popular venue, The Water Poet is super sociable and lively. The Garden is a real treasure, which looks beautiful in the evenings all lit up with twinkly lights and lanterns. It’s traditional in style but the splashes of colour and interesting layout give it such an artisanal charm it’s hard to not fall in love with. The Water Poet is one of those picturesque English pubs that are so cherished by the nation, except with even more to offer. It’s trendy, but not pretentious. Time-honoured, but not tired. Basically- they nailed it, which is exactly why we’re such fans ...but we’re guessing you don’t need to be a Detective to work that one out.