London is now home to a fit floating hotel with the Boathouse.
Mooring up next to the floating pocket park in Paddington Basin comes The Boathouse, a gorgeous, Scandi-influenced houseboat-hotel that, frankly, we’d quite like to live in.
Full of trendy furnishings handpicked by interior designer Katie Hanton, this 60ft wide beam barge is as beautiful as it is buoyant. Even the roof is put to good use, as it’s perfect for entertaining on sunny days:
Your guests will need to make their own accommodation arrangements, however – this compact space has just one bedroom, although the lounge can be converted in the evenings, so the Boathouse can sleep up to four.
Other unique amenities include a jam-packed hamper (as in, it’s literally packed with bread and jam), two bicycles and a rowing boat made for two. So cute!
If rowing sounds like too much effort, worry not – a captain can be provided on request, to take you, and the entire Boathouse, on a boat trip along Regent’s Canal. A private chef or yoga teacher can also be requested to keep you well-fed and extra-chill respectively. Talk about living your best life…
It’s hoped this Boathouse might be the first of a small armada, with plans afoot for additional boats in the capital, the UK, and European cities such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Backers include design partner Made.com and investors Pretty Little Thing and LastMinute.com.
If you want to check it out without sleeping over, indeed you can! Between guest stays, the Boathouse hosts quirky yoga-style events, and it can also be hired out for dinner parties and suchlike, where it can carry up to 20 guests, or 15 on the roof.
Staying at the Boathouse costs from £250 per night and is via their website.