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London is full of interesting things for a day out, and Canary Wharf is no exception. If you are looking for an alternative to the multitude of cafés, shops, and bars in Canary Wharf — hiring a boat certainly fits the bill!
Here we will briefly look at what the cost of hiring boats in Canary Wharf are, where you can captain your floating party, and the types of boat to choose from.
There are 2 main providers of boats for hire, with 3 different types of boats.
GoBoat have a range of electric boats in several locations across London. Their Canary Wharf boats are great for zipping around the docklands and getting a unique perspective on the towering skyscrapers!
Arguably one of the most unique experiences available in London — sailing between the super yachts moored in Canary Wharf’s multiple docks while sitting in a wood fired hot tub!
The largest boats available, these boats are perfect for a big group get together and with a minimum time of 1 hour and 40 minutes provide plenty of time for a leisurely lunch!
All of the prices for the boats at Canary Wharf are per boat, not per person. So bringing the optimum amount of friends and family reduces the cost per person significantly.
GoBoats are the cheapest on this list with a base price of £89 per hour. The recommended two-hour deal for £129 works out to roughly £8 per person per hour for a full boat.
The BBQ boat is the middle of the range option, with the base price of £150 for a 1-hour 40-minute trip working out at £10 per person per hour for a full boat.
The most expensive is the Hot Tub boat, at peak times costing £250 for the 1-hour 15-minute session, or £28 per person per hour for a full boat.
Off-peak prices are listed below, but there are frequently multiple offers and group discounts available. Keep an eye on the GoBoat Canary Wharf and SkunaBoats pages for their offers.
Off Peak Prices:
Restrictions on where you can sail depends on the boats themselves.
The two biggest rules:
Aside from these, there are a few key rules to consider:
If the boats are fully booked at your chosen date — they are very popular especially in summer months — there are plenty of other nautical themed activities in Canary Wharf and across the Isle of Dogs!
You can get your nautical fix safely on dry land at the London Docklands Museum. The museum is free and offers a blend of exhibits, galleries and interactive play areas.
For more adventure, you can try and wealth of water sports and even open water swimming at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Club. This club is located immediately south of Canary Wharf by Millwall Inner Dock, around 15 minutes walk from the financial centre.
Shortly opening in Wood Wharf, the Water Pavilions are a fully floating restaurant, bar, and distillery. Hosting live music and events, the floating complex is the latest venue for The London Project and will be open at the end of 2021.
If you are looking for a unique experience in London, hiring a boat in Canary Wharf ticks all the boxes. Across the two brands there are a decent choice of activities and something for everything.
For budding captains who fancy exploring the Isle of Dogs area and taking in the scenery, GoBoats provide the most extensive area for motoring around. Equally, motoring around Canary Wharf in one of SkunaBoats Hot Tub boats is arguably the most unique day out you’ll find in London!
For full nautical marks, you can even get the Uber Boat to Canary Wharf — it stops around 10-15 minutes walk from both boat pickup locations.