There’s so much to see in London so it’s hard to pack all the sight-seeing into just one trip. Boat tours in London are one of the best ways to capture all the sights in one journey. Whether you’re canal cruising or making your way down the Thames on a speedboat, there’s always plenty to see. Here are some of the best boat tours in London.
The River Thames
The most obvious choice would be to take a trip down the Thames as most boat tours in London will take you past the most iconic sites such as the Tate Modern, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the marvellous Canary Wharf. The best thing about river cruises on the Thames is that there are so many ways to travel: on an inflatable boat, a speedboat, or celeb-style with a prosecco in hand.
A quiet contrast compared to the Thames, a boat tour through Little Venice shows you a tranquil snippet of inner-city London. The picturesque canals in the area have made it a popular tourist hotspot where you can travel between peaceful Little Venice and the vibrant Camden Lock. The journey takes you through Regent’s Park, the grounds of London Zoo and through Maida Hill Tunnel. Prices on the London waterbus start at £9 and it is recommended you book online to reserve a spot.
An evening cruise on the Thames
Sail off into the sunset and forget about your worries. Experience the sun-setting over the city as you enjoy a glass of bubbly and enjoy live music performed on board. There’s also a fully stocked bar and area to relax – a perfect end to the day after a busy day in London. Tickets are £29 and can be purchased here.
Regents Canal in a hot tub
This is certainly one of the best boat tours in London! Pop on your sailor’s cap and enjoy a couple of drinks and head out on a HotTug. The world’s first wood-fired floating jacuzzies which you and your friends can hire the boat and sail yourselves along Regent’s Canal or through Canary Wharf. The water in the tub is heated by a wood-burner to just less than 40 degrees and there’s an ice-compartment to store your drinks. A toasty jacuzzi and ice-cold drinks – it sounds perfect. This boat tour in London costs a little more but it’s worth it as this unique experience may be one of the best things to do in London. This quirky adventure is one for the memory books, and for Instagram!
The Lea Navigation
This boat tour in London is the perfect outing for those looking for some fun in summer. Upgrade your river-side cocktail by enjoying your cocktail on the river. The Alfred Le Roy is a pub afloat – where punters can step onboard for a pint (or a soft drink) and sail along the Lea Navigation Canal. You can also treat yourself to one of their tasty food platters, which include locally sourced bread and cheeses.
After a long day exploring England’s capital by boat, finish off your visit by staying at one of our fantastic London YHAs.
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