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Canal Holidays Guide to the London Circuit

Our London base 53 is in West London, on the Paddington arm of the Grand Union Canal. From here you can go east along the canal to Little Venice, Regents Park and London Zoo. Use your floating hotel to visit Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, see a show and all the sights.

Cruising further east you reach Camden Market then through the City of London to Limehouse Basin near Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. From Limehouse you could take the Docklands Light Railway past Canary Wharf to the terminus. Then walk under the River Thames to Greenwich, the Millennium Dome, and the Cutty Sark.

Cruising further east reach Camden Market then through the City of London to Limehouse Basin near Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. From Limehouse you could take the Docklands Light Railway past Canary Wharf to the terminus. Then walk under the River Thames to Greenwich, the Millennium Dome, and the Cutty Sark.

On a week's cruise, and if the tides are suitable and with permission from the boatyard, you could join the River Thames at Limehouse and cruise up river past Westminster and under the bridges to the canal at Brentford and back to base. Please note that a VHF radio licence is needed to cruise up the tidal Thames. Tuition and licence can be obtained at the base.

Possible canal holidays in the London area

Our base 53 in the Hertfordshire countryside is situated on the River Lee within easy reach of the M25. In a short break, you can visit Limehouse, Bow, Greenwich, and return. In a week you can cruise into the centre of London and possibly up the River Thames if tides are right and the crew suitably experienced. You could also cruise into the Herfordshire countryside for short breaks or longer.

South of London, at Guildford in Surrey, our base 54 provides cruising on the River Wey and onto the River Thames.


Possible Holidays on the London Circuit

Click on a boat base below for more information and possible routes from that base.

Base 53 near London


Customer Comments

Read what some of our previous clients say about the London Circuit.

"Once we were out of London it became very picturesque and there were plenty of nice pubs to keep us entertained on the way. The weather was fantastic - the best weekend of the year so far!"
LS, USA

"We loved seeing London from a boat and found Camden Lock with its pubs and markets particularly nice. The canal tunnels were fun!"
JH, USA

"We were lucky enough to catch the right tide to go up the River Thames past the Houses of Parliament. A real treat."
KT, USA

"For us from Switzerland it was a bonus to spend time in central London."
PB, Switzerland

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