There are few venues in London at which you can arrive by boat for your function. A boat trip ads an extra dimension to many types of function and the appeal of boats seems to transcend all ages and cultures. We have our own mooring immediately behind the building, with a distance from boat to door of only a few feet. If boat travel is not practicable, you can still enjoy a transport of delight by booking a heritage bus.
A boat trip on the Regent's Canal is a terrific addition to many types of event. Boats can bring guests from Islington or Hackney to the East, Camden or Little Venice (Paddington), to the west. Canal travel is slow - an hour to two hours is needed for the trip depending on your route. The route from Little Venice is via the picturesque permitter of Regent's Park, then past the bustle of Camden. There are four locks on the journey. The route from the east also has locks. What is more, if you come from the east, or make a diversion, you travel through a long canal tunnel - something many guests may never have done before. The canal is mainly industrial with lots of reminders of our heritage. Notes on the history can be provided by the museum if you wish.
Dinner or drinks reception cruises can also be arranged following on after a business or social event in the museum. Why not end your conference at the museum by cruising into the sunset?
There are four companies offering boat charter on the Regent's Canal for groups. Narrowboats are of the traditional long narrow shape and are normally suitable for a larger number of passengers but not for more than light catering. Restaurant boats can be used for passenger carrying and are larger, with a kitchen on board. They can accommodate a dinner cruise.
|Click on small picture for larger picture||Boat Name(s)||Base location||Boat Operator||Capacity||Description|
|My Fair Lady||Camden||Walker's Quay||98||A fully enclosed, heated, all-year-round hospitality boat with full kitchen facilities. Can be chartered to bring large groups of guests to the museum for a function, or can provide a restaurant cruise departing from or arriving at the museum for a smaller number of guests.|
|The Prince Regent||Paddington||The Floating Boater||80||This boat is not currently available|
|Jenny Wren||Camden||Walker's Quay||72||A traditional narrowboat with open accommodation perfect for summer trips, but with protection in the event of rain.|
|Jason||Paddington||Jason's Trip||Approx 48||One of the oldest working narrowboats on the canal system, Jason is a traditional boat with open accommodation perfect for summer trips, but with protection in the event of rain.|
|Picture to be added||Freda||Islington||Hidden Depths||42||Built in 2016, this narrowboat is locally-based and offers sheltered or open accommodation according to the weather.|
|Picture to be added||Lapwing||Islington||Hidden Depths||12||A narrowboat for 12 passengers|
|Tarporley||King's Cross||Camden Canals and Narrowboat Association||12||A historic narrowboat with a small open deck at the front.|
|Angel II||Islington||Islington Community Canal Boat Trust||12||A modern narrowboat with a small open deck at the front.|
|IBC Boat||Islington||Islington Boat Club||12||A modern-style trip boat with good visibility from the inside|
|Pirate Viscount and Pirate Prince||Camden (west)||The Pirate Club||12 each||A narrowboat and a wide-beamed boat with a small open decks at the front. Pirate Prince, the wide-beamed boat, is fully wheelchair accessible.|
|Lady Mildmay and Opportunity||Hackney||Laburnum Boat Club||12 each||A pair of smaller narrowboats that have both enclosed cabins and large open decks at the front, making them versatile in unpredictable weather. Lady Mildmay (pictured) is wheelchair accessible.|
|Beauchamp||Paddington||The Beauchamp Lodge Settlement||60||A large electric barge designed as a floating classroom. This boat tends to be slower than other boats so plenty of time has to be allowed for trips on board. It is fully enclosed with heating.|
|Lady A||Greenford||Canal and River Cruises||12||A small capacity hospitality boat offering private charter and meals on board.|
Boats can bring passengers from any point on the Regent's Canal to the museum. Remember that you generally have to pay for the time the boat spends running empty before or after your trip as well as the time during which you are on board. The most popular starting points are, from west to east:
You should always plan your function so that it will not matter too much if there is a delay during your boat journey. Boat journeys cannot be timed exactly because the time taken will be affected by other boats using the locks and the tunnel. You may have to wait for the tunnel to be clear or for boats travelling through locks in the opposite direction.
You can have a disco on a boat any night of the week provided you leave the museum early enough to reach your destination at a reasonable time. Boats must always leave the museum before 2200. The times suggested below are approximate and should be confirmed with the boat company.
|Boat Name||Museum dep.||Camden arr.||Paddington arr.|
|The Prince Regent||2100||2330|