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 while quaffing lip-smacking craft brews to on-deck dining and boat 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.


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.

Floating Restaurants London | DesignMyNight

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.

Hop On A Craft Beer Cruise

If you're after one of our favourite things to do in London this summer for 2023, then check out the London Craft Beer Cruise. Your ticket aboard includes five bevvies from some of the finest breweries across the UK, alongside mouthwatering bites, from artisan scotch eggs to pork pies. To top it off? You'll also get a snazzy souvenir glass and stunning views of the city's iconic landmarks.

Craft Beer Cruise London

Get ready to feel the breeze in your hair and the brews in your belly on this top-notch cruise.

Throw Some Shapes At A Boat Party

When it comes to summer activities in London, nothing beats dancing 'til the AM on the water. Looking to let loose? Enjoy Afro tunes with a dash of R&B, hip-hop and island vibes thrown in, as Afrobeats N Brunch host an epic summer boat party. Or if you feel like gathering your closest pals for a private rooftop BBQ cruise, then opt for West End on the Thames. 

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Afrobeats with a view? Oh, yes.

Brunch On The Water

If you're in need of things to do for summer 2023 in the UK, then head along to the capital for flavour-packed brunch restaurants. For those of you seeking something cool, calm and collected on Southbank, check out Skylon. Want something a little more low-key? Make your way to Paddington's Darcie & May Green for pretty brekky bites.

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Treat yourself to a 'Gram-worthy brunch.

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.

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