20 November 2019 | News and Features | Back to Blog

Your weekend guide to Barkingside

Barkingside is one of our lesser known London locations, but what if I told you that you are a 30-minute jaunt down the Central Line from the big city? That you are a short walk away from beautiful country walks and water sports? Below are our top tips for how to spend those well-earned weekends in Barkingside.

For those sports-minded among us, you might want to start your weekend off with a bike ride around Redbridge’s cycling centre. Whether you join the long-standing Redbridge Cycling Club for their Saturday and Sunday socials or you opt for a more laid back ride, there’s plenty of tracks you can choose from and an extensive range of bikes you can hire.

Once you’ve worked up a good thirst, you’ll want to stumble into the warm embrace of The Two Brewers pub in Chigwell, who will welcome you with a pint in front of a log-burning fire. Or if you’re feeling a little fancy, Sheesh have got you covered with a heated outdoor terrace that you can enjoy all year round.

If you’re a couple of pints down, you’ll probably be wanting a slap-up meal right about now. Look no further than Capricho Portuguese Kitchen, located right in the centre of Barkingside. With beautifully presented dishes and an equally beautiful interior, your stomach and your Instagram feed will be thanking you for this one. If you want to continue into the night, they have a long list of exciting drinks to choose from too. Yosi’s Kitchen is another Barkingside Saturday night hotspot, with 9 different food and drinks vendors serving street food, craft beers and cocktails. If you’re after a mid-week hangout spot, Yosi’s also has a weekday happy hour from 4-6pm.

When that inevitable Sunday hangover hits, head to Café 104 for a restorative fry up before heading out to catch some fresh air at Fairlop Waters and Country Park. If you’re feeling energised, there’s a huge amount of activities on offer with sailing, canoeing, angling, golf and a boulder park to keep you entertained. They also have a rowing club that is accepting new members regardless of experience, so now might be the time to take up that new hobby!

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