I was recently invited to take a trip around the Regent’s Canal in my very own boat - well it was all mine for 2 hours! The humans packed a picnic and some snacks for me and headed to Paddington Station.
The new exit from the station by platform 15 brings you out onto the canal path. The GoBoats are over a foot bridge and just a 5 minute walk from there. You will pass a large M&S in case there are any last minute picnic goodies you need to pick up.
Each boat can easily seat 6 people and has a large central table so you can enjoy food and drink whilst taking in the sights. There is plenty of room for even my big doggie friends but probably best for the calmer dogs as I wouldn’t want you to rock the boat!
GoBoat London is the only self-drive, powered boating experience in central London. The mission of GoBoat London is to make the canal waters accessible to all those who live in and visit London.
There are 3 routes for 1, 2 or 3 hours. Our 2 hour journey took us past alongside Regent’s Park and London Zoo (we saw the warthogs) and once we reached Camden we turned around and headed back along the same route. There aren’t a great deal of landmarks to see but if the weather is nice it is a good way to spend a couple of hours with friends. You will see plenty of water birds including the very pretty mandarin ducks.
The boat’s motors are very quiet and they don’t go very fast so not scary for us doggies. I’m not a great traveller but I was very relaxed and enjoyed all the attention of people passing by on the canal path. They loved my hat!
I can now tick boating off my bucket list and hope some more of my friends will give it a try too. I look forward to seeing you in your hats.😜
**our GoBoat London experience was gifted. Prices start at £59 for 1 hour off-peak.
Need to know:
You need to arrive 15 minutes before your booking to get instructions on route and how to operate the boat.
The driver of the boat must stay sober.
The driver needs to keep control at all times so you will need to take in turns if you all want to eat.
If you are not used to steering boats it can take a bit of getting used to.
There are life jackets for the humans but not for dogs so take your own if you are worried about going overboard!