Kayak, SUP and canoe hire in London is available from several commercial outlets. Most clubs and centres will have their own stock of boats, but these will be reserved for the use of their members and will not be available for public hire, unless you attend an event at the club or centre.
In central London, Moo Canoes provide canoe hire and kayak hire from their bases at Limehouse and Hackney Wick. From Limehouse you can spend a day exploring a circular route around London’s canals, or you can do a shorter ‘out and back’ trip along the canals.
At Paddington you can hire canoes and Stand Up Paddleboards from Active360. Prices start at £30 for two hours. Active360 also provide SUP hire at Richmond, Kew Bridge and Brentford Lock. Paddleboard hire is only suitable for people with previous SUP experience.
Canoe and Kayak the Thames is run by the friendly staff from London’s longest established canoe and kayak shop, Whitewater The Canoe Centre, and can be found at Shepperton Marina, close to the river Thames in Shepperton. They provide kayaks, sit on tops and canoes for hire.
To the north of London, Lee Valley Canoe Cycle is based in Broxbourne and provides kayaks and open canoes for hire, as well as providing guided canoe trips on the River Lee.
Experienced paddlers can also hire ‘demo’ boats from Whitewater The Canoe Centre.
To find Kayak, SUP or canoe hire near you, please use the map below. The blue markers show canoe, kayak and SUP clubs and the red markers show commercial outlets providing equipment hire and/or guided sessions.
Image credit: Canoe and Kayak the Thames