For a unique way to experience London, ignore the hotels and stay on a narrowboat instead on the Regents Canal. Swapping a hotel room for the gentle sway of a narrowboat offers a unique and unforgettable experience of the British capital.
Staying on a canal boat in London offers a distinct, immersive way to experience the city. By merging history with modern-day life, this unique accommodation choice provides both relaxation and adventure. It’s a serene retreat amidst urban chaos, offering moments of contemplation and a deeper connection to London’s rich heritage.
A Touch of History
Narrowboats, once the lifeline of England’s industrial revolution, transported coal, timber, and other raw materials between cities and towns. The intricate canal system, engineered in the 18th and 19th centuries, provided a network of waterways that enabled trade and industry to flourish. Today, these waterways are no longer used for industrial transportation, but instead offer a tranquil escape from the urban hustle. So if you’re planning a trip to the capital, consider swapping the city’s skyscrapers for its gentle waterways, and discover a different side of London life.
Choosing Your Floating Home
A variety of narrowboats are available for rent in London, each with its unique charm. Whether it’s a vintage boat with a touch of nostalgia or a modern version equipped with all mod-cons, there’s something for every taste. Most narrowboats are equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, living area, and cosy sleeping quarters, ensuring that guests have all the comforts of home while floating on the city’s canals.
You can hire London canal boats for the night or even a week.
Warning: London doesn’t have many canal boats you can stay on so if you find one available for your dates we suggest you snap it up.
Unique narrowboat stay in Central London
This canal boat located in Islington is a great choice.
It has 4 berths – one bedroom and a pull out double sofa bed.
With shore mains electricity, hot water and a wood burner fire, kitchen and bathroom it is like a hotel suite on the water. With outside seating and its own private garden and entrance, staying on this charming canal boat is a unique way to experience London.
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