If you’re an aqua fanatic, then you must know that London is not just known for its lush green parks but also its impressive array of waterways that you need to explore. If it’s your first time in the bustling UK capital, or you’re a seasoned traveller, make sure to venture off the beaten path and discover London’s beauty as you sail through these spectacular waterways in the majestic city!
Boat Hire in Hyde Park
To start your exploration of London’s hidden water world, book your stay at the luxurious Chilworth Hotel London, your perfect base nestled in the heart of the city for a fine holiday experience! Boasting several serene boating lakes, London’s first and oldest one is the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park. Situated right in the centre of the royal park, you’ll find a fleet of rowing boats here and UK’s first-ever Solarshuttle.
During the colder months, the lake is surrounded by a tapestry of picturesque, warm hues that create a memorable backdrop for your boat ride. You can hire a pedalo or a rowboat in Hyde Park and sail around Heron Island and see Serpentine Bridge. The best part is that boat hire remains open throughout the year, so enjoy a unique perspective of the city with this unmatchable experience!
If you’re on the lookout for a differentiated experience, discovering serene London scenes, it’s highly recommended to give stand-up paddleboarding a try! Setting off from Paddington’s Merchant Square, a short stroll away from your accommodation in Paddington London, skirt along the Grand Union Canal. Adding to the magical experience, your 10ft floating vantage point will allow you to admire the vintage and vibrant neighbourhood of Little Venice in Maida Vale, the neoclassical apartments at Regent’s Park and London Zoo (you might even spot some chattering apes, here!).
Note: Guided group tours and one-to-one sessions are available for booking. Build your confidence with a coach session first and explore Brentford or Little Venice from Brentford Lock or Paddington Basin, without an instructor.
Go Swimming in Hampstead Ponds
Don’t worry if you miss on crystal-blue sea or a sandy beach to cool off in London, because Hampstead Heath’s world-renowned open-air swimming ponds are waiting for you! If cold-water swims are your thing, then you must know that the Heath has three bathing ponds for its visitors, including Mixed, Men’s and Ladies’ ponds.
The Ladies and Men’s ponds are lifeguarded and open throughout the year and have been a popular spot for bathers since the Victorian era. Grab your chance to go wild swimming from your hotel near Paddington Station London, surrounded by wild meadows and oak trees at London’s Hampstead Heath for an extraordinary experience to remember and look back at!
Paving the way for the perfect James Bond experience you’ve been dreaming about; WakeUp Docklands is home to the only cable wake park in London. Located in Royal Victoria Park, thrill-seekers can dive in for the ultimate water sports adventure as they learn to dart across the iconic Thames River on two wakeboarding lines. Master some cool flips and jumps along the way as you book an hour-long introductory class and test your newly found skills in the London waters.
If trying out thrilling water sports activities is your idea of a holiday, keep an eye out for Paddington hotel’s special offers, to conveniently commute around the city and have the best time!