By Felicity Moxon

Fancy getting around London by water? Now you can – in self-drive boats which fit up to eight people.

Be your own captain for the day (training is provided before you set off) and hire an electric GoBoat to experience views of the city you’ve never seen before.

GoBoat London
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With multiple locations to hop onboard, you can choose to start your journey in Kingston and cruise along the River Thames, where you will float past the spectacular Hampton Court Palace.

We got on in Paddington, where the route takes you down the pretty canals of Little Venice.

Sailing past fabulous boat restaurants you’ll want to visit later, it’s such a lovely area to see from the water.

Regent's Canal London
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Next stop is Regent’s Park, which you get to through a dark tunnel. Once you’re out the other side, be prepared to admire every house you cruise past as they are all incredible.

If you are doing the one hour trip, this would be the point where you would turn back, but if you have longer carry on up to London Zoo and spot birds in the aviary.

The three-hour trip would take you all the way to Camden Lock, near the famous Camden Market.

GoBoat cruise London
Credit: Felicity Moxon

A new route coming soon is Canary Wharf, where you’ll be able to access a section of the London Docklands rarely seen by tourists.

GoBoats are available to rent for 1, 2 or 3 hours and kids and dogs are also allowed on board.

You can even bring your own picnic with you. Just note, alcohol is not allowed on the Paddington boats.

If you want to explore London in a new way, definitely give GoBoat a go for a fun adventure on the water.

Prices start from £89 for 1 hour

Book a GoBoat here

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