Boat Trips

Boat Trips on London's Canals

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Everybody loves a boat trip! There are a mixture of regular and occasional boat trips available on the canals in London, enabling you to see a different view of the capital city.

Cruise through London

Boat trips notice at Little Venice. "Boat Trips"

Take a canal boat trip in London. There are a variety of trips available and you can enjoy an excellent day out including:

Please note that London Canal Museum does not operate any passenger boats and you should only contact us about:

Tunnel Boat Trips

On Selected summer Sundays, London Canal Museum offers guided tour trips through Islington Tunnel. See our Tunnel Trips page for details or book online now.

Halloween Experience

Exclusively for children accompanied by adults. See our Halloween page for details of this joint event with Camden Canals and Narrowboat Association on 29th and 30th October 2011.

Children's Activity Days

Children can take a short boat trip on Tuesdays in August as part of our Children's Activity Days. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Regular Boat Trips

The route which has the most frequent services is from Camden to Little Venice (near Paddington). Three boat companies operate regular services in summer and there are less frequent boats at weekends in the winter. All the boat hire companies offer private hire which is ideal for groups of people. Private hire boats can bring a party right to the door of the London Canal Museum. There are also regular boat trips operating in west London. The following is a summary of the boat services which are available on London's Canals. Please contact the operators direct for more detailed information.

Occasional Boat Trips

The trip boat Jenny Wren passing Regent's Park



Boat Operators in London

Scheduled Services and Charter Route Service summary
Jenny Wren
020 7485 4433
Camden to Little Venice and back (does not pick up or set down passengers at Little Venice) Four per day in season. Refreshments. Guide service. Also operate a large hospitality boat, "My Fair Lady" for private charters .
Jason's Canal Boat Trip
020 7286 3428
Little Venice - Camden Three or four per day in season, plus limited winter weekend service. Refreshments. Guide service.
London Waterbus Company
020 7482 2660
(For private hire/groups 020 7482 2550)
Little Venice - London Zoo - Camden Hourly service in summer, half hourly on peak days. Winter weekend service. Occasional all day trips to Limehouse.
Charter-Only Location Summary
The Floating Boater
Tel: 020 7266 1066
Paddington Luxury hospitality boats The Prince Regent and Lapwing
London Canal Cruises
Tel: 020 8440 8962
Private charter through London on the picturesque Regents Canal Exclusive wine-and-dine charter day-trips aboard narrowboat 'Helix', for 2-4 people.

Private Self-Drive Hire

Only one day-boat hire service operates in London, from just outside Uxbridge. It is based at Denham Deep Lock, a lovely rural location in the Colne Valley Park that can only be reached on foot or by boat. Cars may be parked at the Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre, a few minutes' footpath walk away. Contact Denham Day Boats on 01895 271070 (no website available)

Ideas for a day out

Make your way to Little Venice (near Paddington and Warwick Road Underground stations) and take a one-way cruise to Camden. (allow an hour) Walk along the towpath to King's Cross. (allow 40 minutes) If you have a modern mobile phone with Internet access you can do the Webwalk using the phone as your walk guide. (allow an hour if taking the Webwalk) See Mobile information page for more details or use this link to Mobile Webwalk. Alternatively we offer a free MP3 audio tour of the canal towpath. See our podcasts page for details. This section of canal is mainly industrial with plenty of reminders of its history. You may also see the wildlife which thrives on the canal. If you are lucky, you may see a heron fishing! Finish your day on the canals with a visit to London Canal Museum. (allow 1-2 hours). You'll find our why the canal was built and it's fascinating history over more than 180 years. Of course, depending on timings, you can stop for refreshments or a meal at Camden or at King's Cross before or after your museum visit. There are plenty of cafes, pubs, and fast food outlets at both these places. In bad weather use bus 214 instead of the towpath walk.

Diagram: the canal runs west to east Little Venice to London Zoo, Camden, and the London Canal Museum at Battlebridge Basin Follow canalmuseum on Twitter

Alternatively, start your day out at the museum. A morning visit can be followed by lunch in a local pub or cafe. Then walk to Camden along the Regent's Canal towpath. At Camden, explore the famous market (weekends) before embarking on a cruise to Little Venice. You can return to Camden by boat as well, if you wish. For information on getting to the museum click the link. Don't forget to check what additional events are on offer at London Canal Museum. The table below shows some events in the next few weeks.

There are also community narrowboats which offer trips for school parties and other community groups. If you are visiting the Museum in a group we'll put you in touch with the appropriate boat operators.