Floating London – The 8 Barges in the City

Barges in London

There are a number of things people associate with London: those staying in Paddington Accommodation, for instance, might think fondly of being walking distance from Hyde Park, while those staying near Oxford Street might associate the city with shopping. Anyone making the most of London hotels special offers near The River Thames might think of London in association with the river and all the many wonderful establishments both alongside and on it. Here are a few examples of how easy it would be for the world of floating experiences in London to be the shining beacon of your London memories.

Word On The Water

Word On The Water is a floating bookshop on the Regent’s Canal. It is accessed via King’s Cross’s Granary Square. Head down to the riverside and onto this book-barge, which is bobbing happily, filled with all sorts of books from classics to new releases. They regularly host jazz evenings and open mic events on the barge, making it a top evening activity as well as a bucket-lister for the bookworms out there. It floats alongside a cafe which sells coffee, tea, baked treats and deliciously simple toasted sandwiches, meaning you can make a whole afternoon of the bookish outing.

Address: Regent’s Canal Towpath, Kings Cross, London N1C 4BZ

Queries: +44 7976 886982

Feng Shang Princess

Further west from Word On The Water, also on Regent’s Canal, you will find the floating Feng Shang Princess Chinese restaurant. It would be an outstanding restaurant in itself were it on land, however when you add the element of its being suspended on the water, it becomes something altogether more exciting and something that will mark any occasion with a bang. The beautifully hand-crafted red pagoda exterior makes it hard to miss, and the whole peking duck (which requires a notice period for ordering) makes it hard to forget.

Address: Southern Star Cumberland Basin, Prince Albert Rd, London NW1 7SS

Queries: +44 20 7485 8137


 London Shell Co.

Easily accessible from Devonshire London is London Shell Co. as it is on the Paddington Basin. It has two options for enjoyment – you can sit and enjoy a seafood-focused meal on the stationary floating The Prince Regent, or you can go for a dining cruise on The Grand Duchess. Fine-dining from the water is a wholly unique and exciting way to shake things up and ensure that every trip to London, no matter how often, can be different.


Address: Sheldon Square, W2, London W2 6DL

Queries: +44 7553 033636


Battersea Barge

This is an award-winning public bar and private venue hiring option is permanently moored on the Thames, adjacent from the Embassy Gardens development. It offers up musical, comedy and cabaret entertainment as well as sensational cocktails and food. Given that this is a very successful venue for hire, it is advised that you always call ahead and book to ensure your plans are not squandered by the whole barge being out for hire.


Address: Nine Elms Ln, Nine Elms, London SW8 5BP

Queries: +44 20 7582 1066


 Tamesis Dock

Bobbing on the River Thames with views of parliament is Tamesis Dock, a brightly painted barge and outdoor drinking space. It is essentially your traditional British pub environment, only with water underway instead of solid ground. The menu is seasonal, free-range and often changing – whether you fancy a curry or a fish and chips spread, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Address: Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 7TP

Queries: +44 20 7582 1066


 The Yacht London

This 1927 steam vessel is permanently moored on the Thames with breathtaking views of Big Ben and The London Eye – it is the most elegant spot to sip on a dry martini whilst watching the world go by and getting your sight-seeing quota checked without needing to bustle alongside the throngs of people in central London. Serving up excellently executed European meals and an impressive wine list, this restaurant and barge is one of London’s very best.

Address: Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2PN

Queries: +44 20 7836 1566


B Boat: B Bakery’s Thames Cruise Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is one of London’s shining gems of classy, fun activity, and so are barges along the river and canals. With B Bakery, you can experience both facets of London culture – that’s right, an afternoon tea barge. This vintage, private motor yacht with uniformed captain travels along the Thames, starting at Butler’s Wharf, while you nibble on mini sandwiches and sip your tea. The route goes along the Thames, past the likes of The Shard and the London Eye, and turns around at Big Ben.


Address: Butler’s Wharf Pier, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE

Queries: +44 20 3026 1188


London Waterbus Company

London Waterbus Company is a top-quality boat tour agency in London – there are a lot of them offering and promoting their services, and it can seem an overwhelming choice to make when they all appear to be offering the same things. But you can’t go wrong with the team at London Waterbus Company, so don’t worry. Offering a slow mosey down the river for anyone wanting to see the city from a different angle to the usual, this is a great way to see the various spots from Little Venice to Camden Lock. You go past London Zoo, too, so perhaps you want to shake things up and hop off for a tour of this incredible animal and conservation hub.

Address: Camden Lock Place / West Yard of Camden Lock Market, London NW1 8AF

Queries: +44 20 3763 9981


So, while you are staying in Bed and Breakfast Paddington London locations, why not head towards the river or one of the canals and see whether any of these exciting and differently themed barges interest you enough that it becomes one of the many reasons you continue returning to London.


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