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Lakeside Cafe

Open every day of the week, including bank holidays, although closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Opening hours are 10:00-16:00 in British Winter Time (October-March) and 10:00-18:00 in British Summer Time (April-September).

The Lakeside Cafe, situated alongside the Palace. Go and taste the delicious food and drinks, and view the indoor display of paintings featuring local artists. Step outside and watch the water wildlife, take a boat ride around the lake, or simply sit back and enjoy the acres of tranquil, breathtaking scenery of leafy parkland around.

There is both indoor and outdoor seating. With free Wi-Fi, baby changing facilities (women’s toilets) and occasionally live music and special events – sign-up to the Mailing List, twitter or Facebook for details. If you would like to exhibit your art at the café, contact someone  in person or email us your details.

Venue hire for birthday parties, workshops and private lunches are available.

Lakeside Boats

Swan Lake on your doorstep! Lakeside Boats offers a fantastic range of boats to choose from including pedalos and classic rowing boats. Come and have a sensational experience, a great day out for all.

The lake at Ally Pally has a fleet of rowing and pedal boats, each boat holding up to four people.

We are next to the Lakeside Café so you can make a day of it and enjoy great coffee and wholesome food and soak up the atmosphere before or after your ride.

Boats Opening Times

We are open to the public everyday from March to October 11am to 6pm weather permitting.

Boating Hire Prices

Boat hire is for half an hour and each boat can carry a maximum of four people. The hire charge is based on the total number of passengers, although we do operate a minimum hire fee for each boat and offer concessions to families. All children aged 2 and under go free.


Tamaran Pedalo(Yellow), Swan, Dragon Flamingo & WV Beetle Pedalo and rowing Boats min. fee £8.95
Half hour
Adult £6.95
Child (under 16) £5.95
Group (minimum one child in group) £18.95
Min. fee £8.95

Please note

  • Babies under 12 months are not permitted.
  • Pets are not permitted.
  • Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by someone aged 16 or over.
  • An adult aged 18+ must sign approval for children. For full terms and conditions please click here


Lakeside cafe Contact details

Vitrine Limited/Lakeside Cafe
Twitter: @lakesidecafecafe1
Facebook: lakesidesidecafelondon
Youtube: lakesidecafe1

Fishing Area

You are welcome to use the Fishing Area; all we ask is that you have an Environment Agency Rod Licence which is available from the Post Office.