GoBoat are back for more revels on the river.
If life is driving you round the bend, why not drive someone else round the bend instead – on your very own electric picnic boat? Having ruled the treacherous waters of Regents Canal, GoBoat are launching a new fleet of their lovely boats on May 11th. This time, they’re taking to the high seas of the Thames, and take our word for it: they’re jolly good fun!
With a new berth in Kingston upon Thames all lined up, these charming little craft could be summer’s best day out. You don’t need any boating qualifications to drive them; all the tuition you need is given in a little crash course at the start of your voyage, which can be anywhere between one and three hours, depending on your sea legs.
The new fleet will cruise along the western section of the Thames, from Teddington Lock out to Molesey Lock. A jaunt through this dreamy part of London takes in sights including Hampton Court and the edges of Richmond Park.
Your noble vessel will cruise along at the gentle pace of around 4mph, which is just enough to see and be seen by those jealous eyes on the riverbank. With a picnic table installed in the centre, you’re allowed – nay, encouraged – to bring along a little picnic and drinks for the ride, and good doggos are also very welcome. As lazy weekends go, you can’t beat a relaxing float down the river – just mind the swans, OK?
Location: Riverside Walk, . Nearest stations are Kingston and Hampton Wick (both National Rail). See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 9am until dusk, seven days a week.
Price: boats can be rented at £59 for one hour, £89 for two, and £119 for three – each GoBoat can hold up to 8 people.
More information: on their website.
Also published on Medium.