GoBoat is the only self-drive boating experience in London, with their 8-seater boats powered by electric engines they provide a unique social experience, and best of all, it’s very safe and there’s no previous boating experience required.
We had our boat for two hours and decided to take the route up to Camden Lock, where we turned around to head back to the GoBoat dock at Merchant’s Square close to Paddington and Edgware Road.
Once you gather on your boat, you get a short introduction and are handed a map that charts the different routes and points of interest along the way as well as an estimate of how much time it takes to get there and back. The staff are very friendly and competent.
The route is very scenic, you get to drive through a few residential canals with lots of house boats moored on both sides, steer through London Zoo where you can see the African Hunting Dogs and the aviary, and all the way up to the Camden Lock basin, which is a dead end.
From there we returned back, taking in the beautiful canalside views and chatting to people walking along the sides. It was a beautiful trip and we all massively enjoyed it.
Along the way I got to try plenty of Fentimans soft drinks. The delicate Rose Lemonade, which has a light and refreshing taste to it. Their Curiosity Cola, brewed in traditional cola-from-yesteryear style with a curious herbal taste that’s subtle and less overpoweringly sweet than most other big-brand colas. Fentimans Mandarin & Seville Orange Jigger is light and slightly tangy, with full orangey flavour. And finally, the Victorian Lemonade is delightfully tart and refreshing with a home-made comfort taste to it.
We were lucky enough to have a beautiful Saturday morning of delicious refreshments and a fun boating adventure. If you’ve ever wanted to captain your own boat, are looking for a fun and romantic date experience, want to show visiting friends or family the beauty of London, or just have a picnic on the canals with your friends, GoBoat is absolutely for you! And all of that at an unbeatable price.
I’m rating this experience five and a half rainbow sloths!