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Paddling on the Thames

Kayak Tours & Tuition

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What We Offer


01 Big Ben & Back

This trip is planned around the tides. Glide down river to see Albert Bridge, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament in all their splendour before returning to our base at Chelsea on the new flood tide.

The boats are highly stable, so no experience is required, and our expert guides will help you master the basics of boat control during your journey. All specialist equipment is provided.

Duration: Roughly two hours, including briefing time and kitting out. Cost: £38.00 per person

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02 Discover London

Discover London takes you from our base in Chelsea to the heart of London so you see the city from a unique, breathtaking, angle.

We glide past the Houses of Parliament and HMS Belfast to Tower Bridge. Once there we leave the kayaks to enjoy warm food and drinks ? all included in the price.

The boats are highly stable, so no experience is required, and our expert guides will help you master the basics of boat control during your journey. All specialist equipment is provided.

Duration: Approx 4 hours including briefing and meal.
Cost: £66.00

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03 Corporate

Are you looking for something different to energise, motivate or reward your staff? We can help.
Seeing London, and your colleagues, from a whole new angle can be the catalyst to release your team's potential, share an adventure which will leave a lasting sense of achievement even when you're back in the office!

We can arrange a variety of trips or events, whether you want to challenge your colleagues, or give them the opportunity to unwind. If you're based on the waterfront, why not paddle past your offices?

The boats are highly stable, so no experience is required, and our expert guides will help you master the basics of boat control during your journey. All specialist equipment is provided.

The minimum group size for corporate events is twelve people.

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04 Visiting Kayakers

An experienced kayaker, visiting London? If so, we can guide you from our base in Chelsea into the centre of London and keep you safe on the Tideway. The Thames is a busy stretch of water with seven metres of tidal range, has a very strong flow rate, and large volumes of commercial river traffic.

Depending on the date of your visit, we can use the tidal flow to bring us into the city and back again for a sedate paddle. If you're looking for adventure, paddle with the tide and come back against it. Strong tidal flow and captive wash can make it really exciting. Whichever you want, drop us an email.

We have a fleet of fast expedition kayaks here, complete range of Werner Paddles, Neoprene decks and our guides will keep you safe and comfortable on what is one of the most iconic stretches of water in the world.

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05 Beginners Course

These courses aim to take you from complete novice to a confident kayaker able to control your own boat safely on the tidal Thames. Whatever your age or sporting ability, kayaking can be a rewarding and engaging new activity, and it's not all about getting wet!

Everyone who complete the course are awarded the BCU 1 star certificate, and will have the additional knowledge of how to paddle safely on a busy tidal waterway.

2014 Course Dates

April 5, 12, 19, 26
May 10, 17, 24, 31
June 14, 21, 28 July 5
July 12, 19, 26, August 2
August 9, 16, 23, 30
September 13, 20, 27, October 4
October 11, 18, 25 and November 1.

Duration: 4 x 3 hour sessions.
Cost: £120 per person

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06 Schools

At Kayaking London we have been working with young people since 2008 through medium of outdoor education and paddle sports. The Tidal Thames offers a unique environment where young people can build skills, increase fitness, explore and enjoy one of the world's historic rivers? always under the supervision of qualified coaches.

We offer a varied programme for young people age 9 to 19. Schools buy into the programme over a number of weeks with young people working to accreditation or we offer a Schools Big Ben and Back trip, which is very popular class day out.

?Kayaking London is part of EPIC CIC which is a community interested company working with young people and based in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. For more information please get back to us.

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07 Rave River

Coming soon, Rave River! Ambient trance and techno music accompany you to Westminster and back with our very own DJ Daft Raider with 120 decibels of pumping music. Feel the Force!

The boats are highly stable, so no experience is required, and our expert guides will help you master the basics of boat control during your journey. All specialist equipment is provided.

Cost: ?39 per person. This includes complementary beers / wine/ soft drink on their return on our very own pier.

Dates for 2014
April 11, 26, May 10, 25.

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08 Families Afloat

Once a month, take your child out on the river for an exciting Big Ben and Back. The trip is in stable doubles and you will be with the tide both ways. An action packed morning with fantastic views of the river.

Space is limited to an adult and one child per booking. To encourage families to spend quality time together, there is no cost for your child. Children must be nine years old and over to take part.

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09 Big Ben by Night

The Thames is most beautiful as the daylight fades, and London's reflection shimmers on its dark waters.

This trip is planned around the tides, allowing you to glide down river to see the Houses of Parliament in all their gothic splendour before returning to our base at Chelsea on the incoming tide.

The boats are highly stable, so no experience is required, and our expert guides will help you master the basics of boat control during your journey. All specialist equipment, including appropriate illumination, is provided.

Duration: Roughly 2hours 30mins, including briefing time and kitting out. Cost: ?38.00 per person. This event during the dark evenings of September - April.

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10 Gift Vouchers

Gift Voucher's are available for all our events.

Purchase your voucher online » and we will post you out a stylish gift voucher to present to the lucky recipient. Email us a postal address for the voucher to go to.

All the recipient needs do is look at the dates advertised on the website and contact us to tell us the day they wish to paddle. Vouchers are available for, Big Ben and Back, Big Ben by Night, Discover London, One to One, Beginners' Course and Rave River.

Cost of the advertised voucher is per person.

Vouchers can be redeemed up to one calendar year from date of purchase.

If you have need more information , email us

kayakinglondon@gmail.com or call 020 7349 9591.

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