Take to the water: the best floating experiences in London this summer

Is there anything better than a hot summer’s day spent on the water? We at DOSE think not. Charlotte has rounded up the best on-water experiences for you this summer. It’s the newest way to stay hydrated…

The physical one: Canal Zorbing

No, I’d never heard of Zorbing either, but basically, it involves rolling on water in a massive plastic ball, or orb. This is the first ever opportunity we’ve heard of to do so on the Grand Union Canal, as part of the Summer of Fun programme at Merchant Square, Paddington Basin. It’s two adults to each massive roller zorb. Sounds like the dream date to me.

Thursday 9th and Friday 10th August, 12pm-9pm. Tickets are free but book ahead here to avoid disappointment. 

The foodie one: London Shell Co

 

Enjoy seriously good seafood while gently drifting down the canal through Little Venice, on the Prince Regent barge. You can look out for gorgeous white stucco houses and baby ducks, as you’re tucking into oysters, linguine with claims and cured trout. The menu, overseen by Chef Stuart Kilpatrick, has fresh, seasonal food with menus that change daily. It’s a great experience that is open for lunch and dinner – book ahead for a special occasion.

The (sort of) sightseeing one: Kayaking

London is home to some of the most famous sights in the world, and now you can see them from the water, from your very own kayak. With Kayaking London, you can paddle past Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the HMS Belfast and more. There’s a nighttime option too, for that Golden Hour light. Plus, you’ll get a workout out of it. Book here.

The holiday vibes one: Neverland

This summer, let Parsons Green and the Thames become your very own Cap d’Antibes. Neverland is back: it’s an urban beach with a bang. It offers dreamy summer days spent riverside, alongside cabanas, sand, BBQ and cocktails. For those who can’t flop all day, you can try the table tennis, beer pong or sand sculpting. There’s also a Bottomless Beach Brunch every Sunday. Sign me – or yourself – up, here.

The movie geek one: Movies on the river

This is my dream come true: watching a movie (good movies, by the way) lying on the top deck of a boat on the Thames. In front of you is the film, above you are the stars. Time Out’s Movies offers a sunset cruise, food and drink, and an epic movie viewing, with classics like Jaws and new sensation Dunkirk on offer, depending on the night. It departs from the Tower of London, and is on five nights a week until early September. Find out more and book here.

It’s going to be a long, hot summer.

By Charlotte

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Charlotte is a London girl through and through. She sweats through spin and puffs through Pilates to justify trying the latest restaurants and devouring copious amounts of sweet potato fries, burrata and bread – preferably on holiday. Her favourite destinations include Italy, the Maldives and anywhere where the sun’s shining and there’s a strong breakfast buffet. She’s obsessed with walking, visiting farmers’ markets and reading. She’s also learning to cook. Wish her (and her husband) luck.

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