This is a sponsored article on behalf of The Electric Barge.
A new cruise service is offering scenic boat trips along Regent's Canal, giving Londoners a safe and affordable way to see the waterways this summer.
Previously only available for private hire, The Electric Barge is now running ticketed return trips along Regent's Canal from Paddington to Camden Market and back. Whether you're flying floating solo, having a long-overdue catch-up with family and friends, or socialising after work, it's certainly a more scenic spot to while away an afternoon than the inside of your local pub — with the added bonus of an array of shops, bars and restaurants waiting for you if you choose to disembark in Camden.
The boarding point is handily located close to Paddington station on Grand Union Canal, with the route taking in beautiful Little Venice and its Regency townhouses, and the Maida Hill tunnel, before entering Regent's Park and ZSL London Zoo (eyes right for a peek inside the African hunting dog enclosure). The final approach to the historic Camden Market passes a floating restaurant, ducks beneath mainline railway routes, and bobs past the entrance to the historic Camden catacombs. You don't see all that on the tube.
One you arrive at Camden, choose whether to get off the boat and explore the area, or stay on board for your return trip back to Paddington. A return trip takes 3-3.5 hours, ideal for a bit of sightseeing and a catch-up with friends.
There's a fully-stocked bar on board, with drinks and snacks available to buy throughout your cruise. The Electric Barge runs as a social enterprise, so all profits made from ticketed cruises are invested back into The Floating Classroom, which offers fun learning experiences for local children on London's canals — meaning your fun day out doubles up as a contribution to a good cause.
The Electric Barge has had a makeover in preparation for its new cruises, celebrating the heritage of the waterways. Artist Katrina Russell-Adams created a mural inspired by landmarks along the canal, including Camden Lock, Paddington's Battleship Building, and the Snowdon Aviary at ZSL London Zoo. Make sure you snap a photo of the colourful barge before you board.
The Electric Barge runs ticketed cruises from Paddington to Camden on Friday-Sunday. Tickets are £20 per person plus booking fees, and need to be booked in advance. Choose between covered seating or open-air seating when you book. There's currently a maximum of six people per group, to comply with government guidelines.
The Electric Barge is now taking enquiries for private hire in 2021 — email email@example.com for further information.