Boat Trips

Boat Trips on London's Canals


Everybody loves a boat trip! There is 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 ride in London. There is a variety of trips available and you can enjoy an excellent day out including:

Contact us about:

To charter our jointly-owned boat Long Tom contact our partners Angel Community Narrowboat Trust.

Boat Trips from the museum

Boat exits from tunnel mouth with brick-built surround

On Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from Easter to the end of October, the museum offers a programme of boat trips starting from the museum and including a museum visit. A guide travels with you to give a commentary. except for short trips, tea and coffee are served on board and a guide offers a commentary. See our Boat Trips page for details and to book your place in advance. The trips include long day trips to Paddington or Victoria Park in East London, and a weekly cream tea cruise from the museum lasting around 90 minutes on board the sightseeing boat Long Tom..On some Wednesdays we offer short trips to St. Pancras and back in about 25 minutes without a guide or refreshments.

We also offer Historic Boat Trips on selected Saturdays. See Historic Boat Trips page.

There are also community narrowboats that 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.

West London 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 that are available on London's Canals. Please contact the operators direct for more detailed information.

Boat Operators in London

Scheduled Services and Charter Route Service summary
Long Tom From the museum in partnership with Angel Boat. London Canal Museum boat trips on Thursdays Fridays and Sundays, also short trips on some Wednesdays. Cream tea cruises. Long cruises on Fridays, some of which pass through Maida Hill Tunnel rather than Islington. Tunnel trips run through Islington Tunnel. Advance booking essential. Mince pie tunnel trips in December. Five tunnel trips on Sundays, one long trip on Fridays, tunnel trips and a cream tea cruise on Thursdays. Short trips on some Wednesdays. Nearest station: King's Cross
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. Nearest stations: Camden Town, Camden Road
Jason's Canal Boat Trip
(no telephone, email
Little Venice - Camden Three or four per day in season, plus limited winter weekend service. Refreshments. Guide service. Nearest stations: Paddington, Warwick Avenue
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. Nearest stations: Camden Town, Camden Road, Paddington
Lee Valley Boats
0845 1162012
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park tours Regular tours operate. Departs from Stratford Waterfront, close to the London Aquatics Centre. Nearest stations: Stratford International, Stratford.

Ideas for a day out

The trip boat Jenny Wren passing Regent's Park

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 smartphone you can do the Webwalk using the phone as your walk guide. (allow an hour if taking the 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 that 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 X

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.

Skippered charter for groups

You can charter one of London's community boats for a group of up to 12 people. A skipper is provided by the operator of the boat. So long as it is practical, your itinerary is for you to decide. Community boats are available for private events and usually offer low-cost hire for community groups and educational purposes. Consider booking Long Tom or Tarporley or one of the other London community boats for your small group trip. For a list of boats see our Community Boats page.

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)

One hire company operates in London, for weekend or longer narrowboat hire. They are Southern Narrowboats, based near Uxbridge.