London canoe trips, kayak touring & Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) adventures

Canoe trip on the River Thames with London Kayak Tours.

Enjoy canoe trips along the River Thames with London Kayak Tours.

London has over 100 miles of waterways, making canoe trips and kayak tours a great way to explore the city. Adventurous explorers should check out the specialist companies which provide kayak trips and touring on the River Thames and London’s extensive canal network.

You don’t need any previous experience to try a kayak trip in London. Highly stable boats and experienced staff mean that even nervous beginners can brave the Thames, seeing London from an angle that few other people will. Tower Bridge is pretty cool, but it’s even cooler when you paddle underneath it!

Find a canoe trip

The London Kayak Company is located next to the river on the Greenwich Peninsula and delivers trips in both directions, including trips into the heart of central London. Their mission is to get you on the river and enjoying the tidal Thames, whilst keeping you safe at all times. Find out more at www.londonkayakcompany.com

Moo Canoes are also based close to the Thames, with a headquarters in London’s historic Limehouse basin, located in the East End. Moo Canoes provide tandem kayak hire for use on the nearby canals, and can provide bespoke training courses. They also provide canoe hire at Hackney Wick, on the River Lee Navigation. Visit their website at Moo Canoes.

London Kayak Tours specialise in providing guided kayak trips on the Regents Canal and on the calmer, upstream stretches of the River Thames. Their Regents Canal trips visit London’s Camden Town and Regents Park Zoo. Out on the Thames, their canoe trips take you past Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace. Check out their website at London Kayak Tours (closed for 2020).

Kayaking London are based by the Thames in Chelsea and provide kayak trips which take in the Houses of Parliament, HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge.They also run corporate kayaking events and provide beginner’s courses and one-to-one training. Check out their website at Kayaking London. (closed for 2020)

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) trips

You don’t need a canoe to try a paddling trip in London. Active360 London Paddleboarding provide various SUP trips and taster sessions on the River Thames at Kew and Richmond, and at Brentford Lock and Paddington.

The Blue Chip SUPer Club specialise in providing SUP taster sessions on the Thames near Hampton Court and at Kingston Upon Thames. Back of Beyond Adventures provide SUP, canoe and kayak adventures at Richmond and beyond.   

 

Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Thames with Active 360

Stand Up Paddleboarding on the Thames with Active360

Go it alone with your own canoe hire

If you would prefer to do your own thing, why not hire a canoe, kayak or paddleboard? There are plenty of places to hire equipment and enjoy London’s waterways. See Kayak, SUP & canoe hire in London

Image credits: London Kayak Tours and Active360 London Paddleboarding