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Chug Along Regent’s Canal On Your Very Own Picnic Boat

By Alex Landon

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GoBoat lets you steer 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 from GoBoat – and we’ve got you some tickets right here.

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Based in Paddington’s Merchant Square, GoBoat lets you hire your own personal canal cruiser, for adventures along London’s canals. Cruising along at the sedate speed of 4mph, the boats are powered by an electric motor and come equipped with a table for picnics on the water.

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First-time captains needn’t be afraid of getting their sea legs wet, because you’ll be given training upon arrival to avoid any Titanic-sized disasters. Once underway, you can cruise up to Little Venice, and then either head west to Kensal Rise or east to Camden Town (presumably to pay us a visit!).

London goboat hire
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Hire periods can be as brief as one hour, but we’d recommend at least two for a relaxed jaunt. There’s space for up to eight people on your noble vessel, and 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, naturally. Usual decorum applies, even here on the high seas of north London!

👉 Find your tickets to GoBoat here.

Location: GoBoat, Merchant Square, Paddington, W2 1JZ. Nearest station is Edgware Road. Find it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: seven days a week, 9am – 6pm. It’s more expensive on weekends.
Price: from £79 per boat, book them through Fever.


Also published on Medium.