The mission of GoBoat London is to make the canal waters accessible to all, in a sociable and sustainable manner.
GoBoats have been designed to support a sociable experience. Our boats allow guests to comfortably face each other, whilst enjoying food and drink on a large picnic table in the middle of the boat. Hiring a GoBoat is a fantastic way to spend time with friends, family and colleagues whilst watching London slowly drift by.
From our base location in Merchant Square, GoBoats have access to a stunning section of the London canal network. Guests will leave Merchant Square and travel up to Little Venice, from where two main routes are available: East to Camden, or West to Kensal Green and beyond.
Please see our map below for more information on the route you can take. Plan your adventure in advance.
The GoBoat has been designed to provide a sense of freedom, wellbeing and togetherness. The contemporary, yet functional design of the GoBoat reflects the surroundings of our urban location in central London.
GoBoat London proactively collaborates with local stakeholder groups. The Paddington Partnership is a key partner of GoBoat London, and GoBoat London is also closely aligned to the strategic priorities of the Canal and Rivers Trust.
Sustainability is a core principle of GoBoat London. We aim to source our materials from sustainable sources wherever possible, and do all we can to positively contribute to the natural environment. 80% of the volume of our boat is made from recycled plastic, and any wood used on our boats is sourced sustainably. Our boats are powered by electric engines in order to ensure no noise or environmental pollution.
In order to fully enjoy the GoBoat London experience, we recommend hiring a boat for a minimum of 2 hours. Please see the below advice on possible routes:
Take a picturesque journey and enjoy some of the most historical sights on the London canals, such as Little Venice, Regents Park, London Zoo and Camden Lock. A one hour rental period will allow a trip to Little Venice and a venture through the Maida Hill tunnel up to Regents Park. Two hours and more will allow you to journey past London Zoo and experience the cultural hub of Camden Lock before returning back to base.
Explore the Grand Union Canal, surrounded by incredible architecture, green land, industrial land and art. Enjoy the canal spirit travelling past hundreds of moored narrowboats. The West route provides 14 miles of canal to explore, so take as long as you want! Travelling two hours west allows for a return journey through Westbourne Green, Ladbroke Grove and Kensal Green. In three hours Wembley and the River Brent can be reached.
It’s your adventure, so feel free to try a mix of East and West routes. Fancy enjoying Camden lock, and then heading over to Kensal Green? You’re the captain, so it’s your choice.