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GoBoat London

Things to do Paddington
5 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)

Time Out says

Captain your own vessel and cruise through the heart of London in the city’s first self-driving boat experience – GoBoat. Pick your crew – up to eight people can fit into the eco-friendly boats 80 percent of which are made from recycled plastic, and chart your way across London’s canals traveling past London Zoo, through Regents Park, see Camden Lock or you can even experience the 250m long Maida Hill Tunnel. The boats are available for anyone to hire and run on both Grand Union and Regents Canal. Prices: £59 for 1 hour, £89 for two and £119 for three hours.

GoBoat London says
GoBoat is the fun self-drive boating experience.

With no experience necessary, drive your own boat along the Regent’s Canal through Little Venice, past London Zoo and up to Camden Lock.

Prices from £79 for 8 people
Open 7 days a week

Dog friendly
Child friendly

Tube: Paddington / Edgware Road



Address: Merchant Square
W2 1AS
Transport: Tube: Edgware/Paddington
Price: From £79
Opening hours: Daily 9am- 9pm
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If you're looking for something a bit different to do, Go Boat is a gorgeous alternative to the classic picnic in the park.

Grab some snacks (and maybe a bottle or two!) and set off!

You have two hours to explore the Regents Canal, either with one driver the whole way or taking turns with another person (which is what we did) and it's definitely easier than you think it would be! It definitely takes a while to get the hang of it, but once you do, it's plain sailing. (literally!)

You pass through Little Venice, London Zoo and The Floating Chinese restaurant on your trip which is especially pretty at the moment will all the blossom around.

It's the perfect way to spend a sunny summers day in London, and I've already booked to go again for a friend's birthday in few weeks!

This is such a fun way to explore the city. We had sunshine & a couple of showers on our trip, but we didn't let it dampen our spirits & still had a great time. Go Boat is a 'drive your own' boat experience. You can have one captain, or take turn between two of you. We cruised up the canal from Paddington Basin on a two hour trip, which took us up to the floating Chinese restaurant past Regents Park & back. Along the way you take in sights  like Little Venice, Maida Vale Tunnel & London Zoo. Perfect for a Summer's day & very reasonable if there are a few of you, plus it's ideal to BYO picnic & drink.

Will definitely look to go again :)


This is so much fun and just perfect for a sunny day! You get to drive your own boat - don't worry, if I can do it, you can do it, and the staff is super thorough with instructions - through the beautiful Regent's Canal and Little Venice. The little boat has a picnic table that makes it the perfect setting for a relaxed picnic with friends and family. It fits up to 8 people and is a must do this upcoming summer, book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Picnic on this open aired cute little self drive boat on a great weather day would certainly make you smile. Starting from Paddington we cruised along the canal passing through Little Venice and serene Regent's Park. Driving the boat was a bit tricky at the beginning but one could get used to it after some practice. Great company, serene canal, spotting colorful birds and beautiful villas from the boat made it an experience to remember. Go Boat is a totally recommended activity in London.

I had the chance to join my friends on GoBoat over the weekend and had a blast! What a fun idea putting about the water between the Paddington Basin and Camden. We had amazing weather and enjoyed our drinks and nibbles on boat. This is such a fab idea for a birthday, hen do or family day out. I highly recommend booking as it wont disappoint. 


Paddington basin has a hidden treasure trove of restaurants, bars and activities but by far the coolest is GoBoat.

GoBoat allows you to jump aboard a small boat with a picnic and drinks of your own and cruise up and down Little Venice.

With an option of meandering to Kensal Green or heading up to Camden Lock & London Zoo these small 8 seater boats are perfect for a day out.

They can be hired from 1 hour (probably a bit tight) up to 6 hours and are pretty easy to drive, with electric engines that are super quiet and don't add to the river pollution!

We were lucky enough to experience it on the first real weekend of spring, 2 hours of peaceful canalway, glorious sunshine and our plenty of food and wine.

If you're looking for something away from the hustle and bustle but still central this is a must. It is great for an alternative picnic location, a birthday celebration or even a work trip and at £95 for 2 hours it is pretty good value as well!

We were looking for a fun place to have a brunch, we found it with GoBoat! GoBoats can sit up to 8 people for 1, 2 or 3 hours and you are free to take food and drinks on it so you can eat while sailing through the beautiful canals of Paddington and Little Venice. We all really loved it, doing it during autumn also means that you can witness the change of colors of trees along the way and enjoy it without being too cold. Highly recommended!

Wow what can I say but this is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of London life.  Also a unique way to have a picnic rather than in a park. So if you love boats and in particular love the Paddington and Camden area then this is the ride for you.  It has a electronic motor and you can ride yourself for a very cheap cost for as many hours as you like (cost dependent) up Little Venice canal all the way up to Camden.  There is a picnic table in the middle very large to sit around 8 people.  Plus you can feed ducks duck food that is supplied by the staff of GoBoat along your way.  It most certainly is the most relaxing and most romantic ride you can have be it with your partner or friends such a cool way to experience London whilst eating and having maybe even a  glass of wine.

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