Fun Things To Do On The Water This Summer In London

Sun's out? Get off dry land and head for the river, as this city offers a range of activities that will get you out on the waterways. From a mosey down the canals to on-deck dining and fast-paced boat experiences, 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.


Dine With A View On A Floating Restaurant

Whether you fancy heading to Barge East, a 118-year-old hotspot on the River Lee in Hackney Wick or Embankment's finest The Tattershall Castle, London boasts a plethora of water-top dining experiences. From breakfast through to dinner, get ready to upgrade date night or your regular ol' things to do in the summer with friends, as we've rounded up the city's best riverboat restaurants.

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Take the opportunity to chow down on deck at London's best floating eateries. 

Ride A Speedboat Across The Thames

On a hunt for water activities in London? Look no further than Thames Rockets. This part-guided speed experience will showcase 25 of the city's most stunning sites, all while an expert skipper opens the throttle and makes waves. That's not all, as Oslo Hackney regular DJ Mikee Snooze will be spinning tracks as you sip on a seasonal drink under the Tower Bridge at sunset.

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Inject a little fun into your summertime plans.

Check Out The Best Wild Swimming Spots

Why be on the water, when you can dive right into it? We know that nothing beats a nice refreshing dip when the weather's warm, so have rounded up the best places in and around London for wild swimming. From the historic Royal Docks to the West Reservoir Centre, you won't run out of cool things to do in the summer in the UK.

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Open-water swimming never looked so good.

Set Off On A Floating Hot Tub Tour

Kick back and relax on Skuna Boat's Hot Tub Boat Guided Tour, a unique way to enjoy the river. In groups of up to seven, you and your pals can sip bubbles in their 38-degree tubs, while exploring the docklands of Canary Wharf. The expert tour guides will reveal all sorts of fun facts about the area in these 75-minute sessions, costing just £39 per person. And if you're after something a little more intimate? Then you can hire the hot tubs privately too.

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Turn up the heat this summer with a hot tub tour.

Be Your Own Captain With GoBoat

Set off on your very own adventure with GoBoat, the rental boat company that gives you the chance to be cpatain for a day. Their boats fit up to eight people at a time, cruising at a relaxing speed of three and a half miles an hour, allowing you to soak up the views of the city along its many waterways - whether that's Kingston, Canary Wharf, Paddington or Thames Ditton. Their eco-friendly motors are totally silent too, making for a peaceful day out, with prices starting from £59.

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Choose your own adventure with GoBoat.

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