Where to enjoy water sports in London


Believe it or not, if you are a fan of water sports and you are hoping to include some active activities in your next trip to London then you will not be disappointed.  There are a number of options available for anyone wanting to engage in some form of water sport from white water rafting to outdoor swimming.

Here are just some of your options:-

High Speed River Cruise

There are several companies who offer this type of cruise along what is probably the most famous stretch of water in the whole of the UK, never mind just London itself.  Climb aboard a speedboat and spend around 40 minutes watching London’s famous sights whizz by as you reach up to 50 knots on this adrenaline-fuelled experience.   Due to the size of the speedboats you will usually only be part of a smaller group making this quite a personalised experience as well.

White Water Rafting

Although set a little bit further out of London, especially if you are staying at one of The Montcalm club hotels, it is possible to experience white water rafting if you head to Lee Valley set in River Lee Country Park.  The sports centre located here offers a range of water sports including kayaking, tubing, paddle boarding and more but for those looking for a more high energy activity then you really must try the white water rafting.  This is a 3-4 hour experience involves you first learning the basics of rafting before heading out to the centre’s rapids.  All kit is included in the price and participants much be aged over 14 years.

Outdoor Swimming

outdoor swimmingAnother surprise which London holds is the number of open air swimming pools and lidos which can be found here.  If you are visiting during the summer then you will find that these are very popular with tourists and locals alike but many are even open during the colder months if you are feeling brave enough to head out from the Montcalm at the Brewery London City Hotel and take a brisk dip.  Lidos such as the Serpentine Lido, Tooting Bec and London Fields are all great options.


Paddle-boarding is a water sport which is growing in popularity in London and there are a number of locations across the city where you can try your hand at this fairly low key water sport.  One such location is Paddington Basin; where Regent’s Canal and the Grand Junction Canal meet.  You could find yourself drifting along between the brightly coloured barges, taking in some of the many wonderful sights in London for around 2 hour beginner’s session.

If water sports aren’t your thing but you still fancy getting up close to the water then there are a number of other more tranquil options.  There are cruises along the River Thames, barge hire, pedalo or row boat hire or even just the option to dip your toes into shallow water if you want to cool down on a warm day.