Boating in London

Being on the water in London is a totally new way of experiencing the city. Over the last decade opportunities to make a splash in London have really increased with major investment in the Docklands, groundbreaking preparations for the Olympics and the restoration of many of the capital's most iconic reservoirs and waterways.

Now, it’s much easier to get involved in water activities, whether you’re cable-skiing and ringo racing on a lake at Chertsey, chartering a luxury motor yacht along the Thames or kayaking in Surrey Docks Watersport Centre on a hot summer’s day. London is a place of diversity and innovation so expect the unexpected!

On The Water Guide to London

Select one of the hotspots below to find out more about boating in your region...

River Thames

Any plan to get on the water in London is likely to involve this majestic river. Iconic landmarks line the way, from Hampton Court to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the Tower of London and the Thames Barrier. More...

London Reservoirs

Londoners need lots of drinking water, which is great news for watersports enthusiasts as the city is served by 23 reservoirs. More...

East London & Docklands

London Docklands today bear little resemblance to the trade depots and boatyards of the 19th and 20th centuries. More...


South East London

A complete range of watersports activities are just waiting for you to try them out in south east London. More...


Regional Events Calendar

Events are ideal for having a go for the first time, trying the boat of your dreams or picking the brains of all those marine companies to get the answers to your questions.

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