Avast! An all-new London boat hire service lets you take your very own motor boat along London’s canals.
Until now, take a boat trip through Little Venice required either joining one of those public cruises or, extravagantly, hiring a whole barge? But now, you can finally be the skipper of your own destiny, with these eight-person motorboats. (Get 20% off weekday hire here.)
GoBoat, based in Paddington’s Merchant Square, lets you hire your own personal canal cruiser, for adventures along London’s canals.
There’s even a table for a waterborne picnic.
To avoid potential boating catastrophes from first-time captains, the GoBoat cruises at a sedate speed of 4 mph, powered by a gentle electric motor. It’s all honestly quite relaxing.
Once underway, you can cruise up to Little Venice, and then either head west to Kensal Rise or east to Camden Town…
Hire periods can be as brief as one hour, but we’d recommend at least two. ou can hire them from as little as an hour – or an entire day. Large groups can hire an entire flotilla, with up to seven boats available! Quite the armada.
Children and dogs are also welcome on-board. You’re encouraged to enjoy a picnic on the water, though there are some modest limits on the amount of grog you’re allowed to bring aboard – and the captain is expected to stay sober.
Location: GoBoat, Merchant Square, Paddington, W2 1JZ. Nearest station: Edgware Road. Find it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: seven days a week, 9am – 6pm. It’s more expensive on weekends.
Price: from £55 per boat. For the best deals on weekday cruises, book via Fever. For weekend passes, visit their website.
More boating ideas in London:
🛶 Hire canoes and explore east London’s waterways
🔥 Take a cruise in your own floating hot-tub
🏊♂️ Make a splash in one of London’s best outdoor swimming pools
🍸 Go on a dinner cruise along Regents Canal
🌊 Go whitewater rafting in the Lee Valley
🍺 Watch the world go by at a canalside café or riverside pub.