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A floating hot tub is coming to Regent’s Canal this summer

A floating hot tub is coming to Regent’s Canal this summer
Mika Levälampi

What do you get if you combine a boat with a hot tub? A hot tub boat, obviously. Yep, no longer will you have to choose between a hot tub sesh and bobbing on the water, because the HotTug (look, let’s not dwell on the name, okay?) is now a thing and it’s coming to Regent’s Canal this summer. 

The boat is powered by an electric engine, while the wood-fired hot tub is filled with fresh water heated to 38C. The boat will be stationed in Old Street this summer at what they’re calling the HotTug House – and if you think that’s bad, they’re calling visitors ‘HotTuggers’. But hey, HOT TUB BOAT!

If you want to be one of the first to hop aboard the HotTug, you can donate to their crowdfunding campaign, which gives you access to early-bird booking discounts.

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Joanne M tastemaker

HotTug UK is the first ever wood-fired HotTug company to open up here in England, London. 

The HotTug’s holds 1800 litres of water and is kept warm by the wood-fire at 38 degrees so no matter what time of the month it is you will never feel cold and has a quiet electric motor attached giving you a speed of 3 miles per hour. So you can sail comfortably along the Regent’s Canal in Old Street without getting cold and without an annoying loud engine sound. The whole experience lasts 90 minutes (15 minutes tutorial and 75 minutes bathing/sailing).  Each HotTug you can have up to 7 people.  So you can float down the canal and sip on a cold drink or two whilst relaxing in the steaming hot water. There are also toilets, changing rooms and showers on site.

Before setting out you are firstly briefed on the rules and regulations then it was time for us to get ready and changed for the experience of very unique experience. The driver gets to wear a captain’s sailor hat but you can alternate drivers throughout the journey as long as they have not been drinking.  The driving is quite simple to steer as it is just a long pole with left meaning right and right meaning left. The whole trip lasts 75 minutes. On the journey we pass many people’s homes, dog walkers, barges etc.This is a great way to go down canals of London I won’t be forgetting this trip in a hurry. 

Lizzie W Tastemaker

I am often amazed at how infrequently the canals of London (e.g. Regents and Islington) are visited by the London locals and on discovering them myself only a few years ago I LOVE to take visiting friends on walks down them. The barges are beautiful and the views stunning on a sunny day.  I have always fancied the canal rides however never managed to go. Sooooo on hearing about a tug fill with lovely warm water, pootling up and down Islington canal I couldn't miss the chance.

It was an unreal start to the morning, in beautiful warm clean water, heated by a lovely smelling wood burning stove which keeps it warm for the 90 minute journey. Sunk so low in the water that it feels like water will pour over the sides (it doesn't) and like you could touch the swans and geese swimming past (don't). We were also able to try some of Fentimans lovely new alcoholic drinks (a particular favourite was the Bloom Gin and rose lemonade) however there must be a designated driver who remains sober (and gets to wear a captain hat!).

Originally invented in Rotterdam, Tommo and Jack have recently brought it to London's canal routes and at only 4 weeks old HotTug in London is doing well with over 50 successful trips up and down the canal. The route is short but it is perfect for moseying along (max 3mph, powered by an electric motor) with drinks, catching up with friends.

Currently situated at the Islington boat house there are 2 Hot Tugs available to hire at a pricey £200 for 90 minutes. There are facilities to shower and change however these are fairly basic. Although it sounds quite expensive it fits up to 7 people and is the perfect celebration outing for birthdays etc.

A huge thank you to Love London Pop Ups, for inviting me, and Tommo for his welcoming, friendly self - a huge congrats for bringing such a unique experience to London, I wish them every success.