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Things to do in London this bank holiday: Renting your own boat

You could become a captain for a couple of hours and rent eco-friendly GoBoat at one of three locations in London this bank holiday.

With the long May Bank Holiday weekend here, Londoners will be gearing up for another break and hopefully some sunshine too. Those looking for a new group activity away from the pub should look no further than booking their own private electric boat via GoBoat; the perfect way to spend the day on the city’s canals.

You could enjoy a leisurely cruise, with the boats travelling at speeds of 4mph, and take in some of London’s most impressive views including Hampton Court Palace, the Isle of Dogs, Little Venice and Camden Lock. We have cruised in a narrow boat along the Regents Canal before and passed people steering the boats along the narrow canal towards Camden.

Groups of up to eight can board each boat and the experience is both dog and child friendly with life jackets and buoyancy aids provided. No prior boating knowledge is necessary, with staff giving a full tutorial before setting sail, meaning it’s something for the whole family to enjoy.

GoBoat ensures things are kept safe and within government guidelines:

  • Eight people may book a GoBoat

  • Every GoBoat is sanitised in-between each trip

  • Contactless payment only, booking ahead online is advised

  • Contact-free check-in at the kiosk

GoBoat guests can choose between 1, 2 or 3-hour journeys. You can choose from three locations in London, with great scenery along the way.

GoBoat Canary Wharf:

Begin your voyage from Bellmouth Passage, relish the freedom to explore the beautiful London Docklands and look up at the spectacular architecture. For 2 or 3-hour boat rides, why not moor up and treat yourself to a picnic.

GoBoat London (Paddington):

Your journey begins at Merchant Square, head east on the vibrant Regent’s Canal through Little Venice, the 249 metre Maida Hill Tunnel, Regent’s Park and London Zoo to Camden Lock.

GoBoat Kingston:

From the Riverside Walk mooring next to Kington Road Bridge, you can charter your own electric picnic boat upriver past Hampton Court Palace to Molesey Lock, and downriver to Teddington .

What: GoBoat

Locations: GoBoat London (Paddington), GoBoat Kingston and GoBoat Canary Wharf

Time: 09:00 - 19:15

Price: £95 for 1 hour, £135 for two hours, and £175 for three hours.

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