Boat trips in London
See the city from the Thames or one of London's canals
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.
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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.
- 58 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF
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.
- 12-13 New Wharf Rd, N1 9RT
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.
- Jason's Yard, opposite 60 Blomfield Rd, Little Venice, W9 2PD
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.
- Walker's Quay, Camden Lock, 250 Camden High St, NW1 8QS
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