The Grand Duchess at Paddington is London Shell Co's permanently moored restaurant

The Grand Duchess at Paddington is London Shell Co's permanently moored restaurant

Updated 17/5/19 with soft launch info

What: The Grand Duchess

In a nutshell: London's cruiseboat restaurant gets a permanent spot at Paddington Central

Summing it all up: This sister restaurant to the London Shell Co.'s cruising restaurant will be a permanently moored barge by Paddington Central serving up seafood and sparkling wine.

The low-down

Almost two and a half years after they first set sail on the Regent's Canal, the London Shell Co. are expanding. That's right, they needed a bigger boat. But their newest acquisition, The Grand Duchess, won't be going anywhere. She'll be moored right next to their existing boat as a permanent restaurant on the canal.

"We have always dreamt of opening a static restaurant," said co-founders, siblings Harry & Leah Lobek, “where you can have your Hake and eat it”. Yes, they went there. The new barge will have room for 40 diners and will serve up a menu specialising in British food - expect plenty of Cornish seafood - with sparkling wine. Come summer, they'll also have seating outside too and there's also room for a private banqueting table, The Captain's Table, at the bow of the boat for parties from six to thirteen.

On the menu, they're promising dishes like:

  • Beer Battered Lobster & Fried Curry Leaves with Chip Shop Curry Sauce
  • Monkfish & Wild Garlic Kiev with New Season Lettuce, Croutons & Anchovies
  • Surf’n’Turf 500g Dexter Rib and grilled Langoustines in garlic butter

And, if you're just after a glass of English fizz and some seafood snacks, those will be on offer too.

 grand duchess restaurant paddington

Food photo by Nic Crilly-Hargrave   


More about The Grand Duchess

Where is it? Sheldon Square, Paddington, London W2 6EP. If you walk along the canal, The Grand Duchess is moored alongside Sheldon Square in the direction of Little Venice

When does it open? 7 June 2019

Soft launch offer: 50% off food 7-13 June. 25% of food 14-16 June 2019. 

How to book: Book online.

Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @londonshellco/


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