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. They also provide canoe hire at Hackney Wick, on the River Lee Navigation. Visit their website at Moo Canoes.
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.
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