Open canoes are generally paddled by one or two people, although you can comfortably fit a small family in most open boats. Open canoes are propelled using a single ended paddle and are suitable for flat water touring as well as moderate white water. Experienced canoeists can also take open canoes down white water rapids.
Many London clubs will have open canoes available to their members. Open canoes can also be hired on the river Thames and the river Lee. In the west of London, canoe hire is available from Canoe and Kayak the Thames and Thames Canoes Hire.
To the north of London, Lee Valley Canoe Cycle (currently closed, possibly not re-opening, July 2020) is based in Broxbourne and also provides kayaks for hire, as well as providing guided canoe trips on the River Lee.
The canals and rivers around London are perfect for open boating. For more information see the following links.
Useful open canoe links
Canoe and Kayak the Thames (River Thames canoe hire)
Lee Valley Canoe Cycle hire (River Lee canoe hire)
Thames Canoe Hire (River Thames canoe hire)
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