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My hus­band and I will be in Lon­don for five days in mid-June. We would like to or­gan­ise a day trip on a nar­row boat in a canal close to Lon­don. As we have our ac­com­mo­da­tion booked in Lon­don we do not want to overnight on a nar­row boat, but would like trans­porta­tion or easy ac­cess to the canal site for this type of tour. Any sug­ges­tions?

DOC The Lon­don Water­bus Com­pany (lon­don­wa­ter­bus.com) fea­tures lovely long­boat trips along the his­toric Re­gent’s Canal on tra­di­tional ves­sels reg­is­tered with the Na­tional His­toric Ships reg­is­ter.

They pro­vide a com­men­tary of the route plus a his­tory of the canals and pre­cise de­tails of how and where to board the tours. These in­clude in­for­ma­tion on the clos­est Tube sta­tion and clear di­rec­tions from there. Walk­ers Quay (walk­er­squay.com) also pro­vide daily canal boat trips over the sum­mer months.

These in­clude a pass through a loch plus the op­tion for a din­ner or lunch cruise. I sug­gest book­ing ahead if you would like to dine aboard. For a more in-depth look at the his­tory of the nar­row boat, con­sider visiting the Lon­don Canal Mu­seum (canal­mu­seum.org.uk).

It’s easy to reach with five Tube sta­tions within walk­ing dis­tance, and you can com­bine this with a trip along the canal.

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