Back for a second season, Londoners and tourists alike can once again charter their own electric boat without the need for a license, the activity is proving to be so popular that GoBoat is already taking advance bookings online for the summer ahead.
Moored at Paddington Basin, the favoured route is to go along Regent’s Canal to Little Venice, past London Zoo and on to Camden Lock where skippers can about turn and head back to the pontoon at Paddington Basin.
Each boat has seating around a central table creating a sociable space ideal for groups of friends, families with kids and even dogs are welcome on board. It makes a great date activity too - passengers are encouraged to bring their own picnic and bubbly, and GoBoat will provide cosy blankets if the weather turns chilly.
The ride is a casual 3½ knots, approximately 4mph, the perfect cruising speed for a lazy waterways journey. The boats are eco-friendly, made from 80 percent recycled plastic bottles, fitted with Torqeedo electric motors and sustainably sourced wood.
GoBoat is making London’s waterways accessible to everyone by providing a truly independent canal experience. With prices starting from £65 for one hour, punters can invite up to seven friends to join them which equals about £8 per head.
Grant Sweeney, founder of GoBoat London said:
“The reaction so far has been incredible, allowing us to open for another season. Because the boats are limited to about 4 miles per hour there is no need for a licence to drive one. People love the freedom of going on their own mini city adventure without a stuffy tour guide.”
GoBoat London is based at Merchant Square, also home to London’s first Floating Pocket Park, forming a new vision for Paddington that includes a Water Taxi service, Floating Visitor Centre and Café Barge. New events and attractions to be announced soon.
GoBoat is open seven days a week from 10am until dusk. Advance bookings can be made on the GoBoat London website until late October. To book please click here