Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Cruising the Canals with GoBoat London | Aditi's Pen

The longer I live in London, the more off beat and fun experiences I find to explore this vibrant city. The city and its sights change with its changing seasons. So come summer, you'll see Londoners sprawling in the green parks, soaking in the sun, a packed picnic of prosecco and treats in hand.

But this summer, it won't just be the parks that'll see picnickers. It will also be the lovely canals of London. Picture this: cruising through the peaceful blue green waters on a lovely boat, wildlife spotting, people watching, and all the while laughing and merry-making under the summer sky, a drink in hand. Oh! And you are your own captain too!

GoBoat London, the only self-driven, powered boating experience in central London, makes this dreamy picture come alive!

A few days back, five of us from the LovePopUps London community tested the waters. And rain, hail or a few bumps on the road  waters couldn't dampen our spirits.

Stationed at the Merchants Square in the Paddington basin, we met the friendly team of Go Boat who quickly led us to our ride for the day - a savvy tiller controlled electric engine boat that is both silent and green sailing at around 3 knots (4 mph). We were given a health and safety briefing along with instructions on how to control and operate the boat. It's no rocket science really, but let's just say I wasn't cut out to steer the boat. Our captain, Laura and co-captain Aynsleigh, did a fabulous job! We were in safe hands with these two lovelies!

All Smiles: @aynsleigh_ @aditi_kaushiva @laurageats @natalierosedesign @dr.ed.ldn

We had leisurely two hours to soak in the sights - Paddington, colourful little venice in Maida Vale, Regent’s Park and London Zoo, turning back from Cumberland Basin to return back to base.

Character, colour and cheer was in abundance throughout - the wondrous wildlife from swans and ducks to the African Hunting Dogs in the zoo, the magnificent villas and fine Victorian houses, colorful narrowboats, beautiful canal side gardens and the 251m long Maida Hill tunnel.

I’d recommend booking for 3 hours, as we were just getting used to the boat when we had to return it! But, a definite must-do when in London. Pack a picnic, your sunnies, a smashing playlist and you are in for a fun time! Go Boat comes fully equipped with cosy fleece blankets and umbrellas if needed. They really have thought of everything.

Here's a short video clip of the good times!
I am already gathering my crew for the next Go Boat experience!

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I was a guest of Go Boat and LovePopUps London but views and opinions are my own.

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  1. What a fabulous idea for a day trip! And London is so beautiful in the summer.

  2. this must have been so much fun, Aditi! I love the pictures and the fact that you were with friends. Good conversations, memorable time and the scenic canals. Like a dream time :)
    Your London posts make me yearn more and more for the city. Some day for sure!

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  4. Good company and an adventure at hand, this looks like an excellent trip. The views of the canal are so pretty.