Boat trips in London

See the city from the Thames or one of London's canals

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Bored by dry land? We've picked London's best boat tours along the river Thames and the city's picturesque canalways. From serene canalboat trips to high-speed thrill rides, and craft ranging from hybrid land-and-water vessels to Damien Hirst-designed catamarans, London's waterways have something for everyone.

Think we've missed a great cruise or tour? Let us know in the comments box below.

  1. River tours
  2. Canal tours

London Waterbus Company

Navigate Regent's Canal in a narrowboat with The London Waterbus Company. Trips run along the Regent's Canal linking Little Venice, Regent's Park, London Zoo and Camden Lock. Warwick Avenue is the closest tube if you are catching the boat from Little Venice.

  1. 58 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF
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Canal Museum Tunnel Boat Trip

These trips are best suited to the brave. Regent’s Canal’s tunnel – built in 1820 – is long, dark, dank and three quarters of a mile long. Once upon a time, boats normally pulled by horses on the towpath had to be inched through the tunnel by a process of ‘legging’ – with the men on board having to brace their legs against the tunnel walls to power the boat along. The tunnel tours take place during the summer, and tickets also includes admission to the London Canal Museum proper.

  1. 12-13 New Wharf Rd, N1 9RT
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Jason's Canal Boat Trip

Jason's Trip navigates the picturesque route along Regent's Canal from Little Venice, through Regent's Park, on to Camden Lock and back again. The boat is more than 100 years old and the trip, which includes a live historical commentary and lasts for 45min each way, has been a feature on the canal since 1951. A canal boat, the Dusk ’til Dawn, can also be booked for parties.

  1. Jason's Yard, opposite 60 Blomfield Rd, Little Venice, W9 2PD
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Jenny Wren

Hop aboard for an hour and a half's cruise from Camden Lock, past London Zoo in Regent's Park, through the tunnel to Robert Browning’s Island at Little Venice and back to Walker’s Quay. A commentary is included on the cruise, and picnic lunches are available from the company's Waterside Restaurant. Onboard dining is also an option on the My Fair Lady cruising restaurant boat. Children's parties and buffet cruises can be accommodated as well.

  1. Walker's Quay, Camden Lock, 250 Camden High St, NW1 8QS
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Apparicio
Apparicio

Hi i have gonne in the new year on this boat http://www.thamescruises.com/ (old london) and i have a stolen phone and money from my bag. Rubish company, rubish service, noone on the crew help to search for the phone.

Davina Arnold
Davina Arnold

Hi, I work on the Neonatal Unit (sick and premature babies) at Broomfield Hospital, Essex. We are currently working very hard to try to raise money for our unit. The nurses on the unit are holding a charity event in July this year where we will be doing all we can to raise money (Stalls, baking, raffles, entertainment, games etc..) I was wondering if there was anything you could donate that we can use in our raffle and/or as a prize. Any donations will be greatly appreciated and will go a long way in helping us. Donations can be sent directly to the neonatal unit at the following address; A/O Davina Arnold A406, Neonatal Unit, Broomfield Hospital, Court Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7ET. My mobile number should you need to contact me is 07584189487 Many thanks, Davina Arnold

Ruth Jarvis
Ruth Jarvis

Just been on the Canal Museum tunnel trip – brilliant. And no need to be brave – you can sit cosily inside if you want, and you can always see the light at the end of the tunnel....