Recent CLIA statistics reveal that river cruises taken by British and Irish commuters were approximately 232,300 in 2018, up by 10.4% year on year, according to Travel Weekly. There are plenty of cool things to do in London, but nothing is quite relaxing like being near water when the temperatures rise. London’s rivers and canals offer numerous opportunities to engage in adventurous activities while exploring the city. Even more appealing, boating holidays are an inexpensive way to create an unforgettable vacation. Whether you’re planning a family or solo trip, here’s how to make the most of London’s waterways on a budget.
Plan For Nature Spotting
Boating trips in and around London guarantee a delightful moment of nature spotting. You’ll get close to various wildlife, from birds to insects, fish, trees, and flowers. For example, if you love watching birds, expect to see different species paddling in waterways or sweeping through nearby woodlands. Interestingly, you can also enjoy a unique experience sailing among seals in Dovercourt. To ensure you have a great time exploring nature while cruising on London’s waterways, research destinations that have a variety of wildlife before setting sail.
Go On A Kayaking Tour
London’s once-bustling canals offer an exciting way to explore the city’s hidden backwaters and tourist attractions by kayaking. For instance, a sightseeing kayak trip on the tidal Thames allows you to have a great view of the city’s top attractions. Sailing on the River Thames gives you a chance to see the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, Skygarden, and London Peace Pagoda. Other ideal places to go kayaking are London’s Regent’s canal, river Medway, Henley to Windsor, and River Lea. However, for you to enjoy canoeing or kayaking, you must prioritize safety. Be sure to wear a life jacket, as it’s one of the most effective ways to reduce risks linked to drowning in case of an accidental fall in the river or canal.
Enjoy A Feast On Floating Restaurant
If you love trying new things, consider dining in London’s floating restaurants. The city is awash with stunning water-top dining eateries like the London Shell Co., Feng Shang Princess, and Alfred Le Roy. These floating restaurants create room for making the most of a romantic date. You can also get a chance to take in picturesque views while enjoying delicious meals on the deck.
Making the most of London’s waterways during a vacation is easy. All it takes is some research about the best places to enjoy a boating trip. Then plan for wildlife spotting, consider sightseeing on a kayak tour, and dine on floating restaurants.