7 Fun Things To Do On The Water This Summer In London

Published . By Olivia Cheves.

Get off dry land this summer and head for the river, as this city offers all manner of activities that will get you out and about on the London waterways. From a mosey down the canals with some of Cornwall's finest rum cocktails, to on-deck dining and roving, raucous country music parties, we've rounded up the best things to do in London on the water this summer, so you can see out the season with a splash. 

Get Lost On The Canals With This Rum Experience

Finally answering the question of where exactly all the rum has gone, this two-hour cruise through the London waterways is the perfect way for you and your motley crew to experience the sights of North London and some very snazzy cocktails. Setting sail daily with from Camden with a hull of the hard stuff, the Dead Man's Fingers Rum Boat gives life on the waterways a luxury finish.

Dead Man's Fingers London Rum Cruise

Climb aboard this floating bar for the chance to see some of Islington's leafiest areas.  

Prepare To Feast At One Of These Floating Restaurants

From pretty Paddington dinner destinations, to bottomless brunching on an 115-year-old barge, London is awash with water-top dining experiences to get out to. Whether you're trying to get the most out of summer date night, or just looking for a deck with a view to sink some drinks on, we've rounded up our personal favourite riverboat restaurants.

Boat Restaurants London

Take the opportunity to chow down on deck with some of London's best floating eateries. 

Take A Cruise Through The City's Best Craft Brews 

A chilled out cruise with a crafty difference, this sojourn down the river also offers you the chance to sample some of the best beers this city has to offer. Your ticket aboard the London Craft Beer Cruise includes five drinks and snazzy souvenir glass to take home for your display case, and the bar keep the taps rotating on every voyage, so you make it a regular day out. 

Craft Beer Cruise London

Feel the breeze in your hair and the brews in your belly at this craft beer cruise down the river.  

Submerge Yourself In A Pirate Cocktail Experience

Head to London Bridge, where this fully-immersive cocktail experience is turning you into a bloodthirsty - or just thirsty - pirate for the night. Join Captain Jack Cassidy and his crew as they attempt to steal the treasure of The Hidden Spirit, which just so happens to be a very fine assortment of liquors and liqueurs, before feasting on the spoils of your crimes. 

The Hidden Spirit Cocktail Experience

It's a pirate's life for all of us when the cocktails are this good.

Chill Out At This Coasting Cocktail Bar

Take a moment to relax with this River Lea cruise that keeps the cocktails coming from Hackney Wick to Springfield Park. Cool, casual and delightfully cosy, Alfred Le Roy offers a fantastic cocktail range to keep you sipping until sundown, alongside some delicious sharing platters to nibble on as you float through some of London's prettiest green spaces.

Alfred Le Roy Cocktail Cruise

Sip on cocktails and watch the world go by on board Hackney Wick's favourite riverboat bar.

Have A Hoe Down On The High Seas

More Yee-Haw than Yo Ho Ho, stateside party-starters Buck' N Bull Saloon are taking their raucous Southern Fridays night down to the river this July for an evening of live music, bourbon and the biggest country hits of all time. Grab a Stetson and head for Bankside pier where this iconic event is boarding the Pearl of London to celebrate the launch of the Nashville Meets London music festival.

Country Music Nashville Party Boat

Get a taste of the American south with this unique night of on-board country partying.  

Fire Up The Grill And Glide Through Canary Wharf

Never ones to come up short on the innovation front, the team behind HotTug have launched a fully working fleet of BBQ Boats. Holding groups of up to ten, the experience is BYO food and drink, but they've sorted you for some top of the line grilling equipment, and while those burgers are sizzling, you can take in some gorgeous views of West India Quay.

Skuna BBQ Boat Canary Wharf

Flamegrill some food and go for a float around Canary Wharf on one of these unique BBQ boats.