Kayaking and Canoeing in South West London
Over 100 miles of waterways, including historic canals, the River Thames and the Lee Valley White Water
Kayak on one of the world’s most iconic stretches of water. See London as you’ve never seen it before. Escape the hassle of everyday life as you discover the liquid history at the very heart of London. Whether you’re seeking a new experience or looking for a regular fitness activity, we have something for paddlers of all abilities.
Canoeing – leisure boating exercise or paddle sport during which you kneel or sit going through ahead in an open or closed-decked canoe, and propel yourself with a single-bladed paddle, beneath your individual energy.
Discover where to kayak and canoe in London.
Over 100 miles of waterways, including historic canals, the River Thames and the Lee Valley White Water..
London’s once bustling canals now offer a delightful way to discover hidden backwaters and get close to a surprisingly rich variety of wildlife.
The tidal Thames
The Thames is tidal through most of London, with a rise and fall of up to seven metres (23 feet) in the heart of London, where the river is squeezed between high river walls.
Tidal rivers generally have free public navigation, but with tidal flows of up to five miles an hour the tidal Thames is not the place for an inexperienced kayaker or canoeist. However, several kayak clubs actively paddle on the Thames, and will ensure that inexperienced paddlers can go out under the guidance of experienced coaches or leaders.
The River Lee (River Lea)
The River Lee originates in Hertfordshire. It flows past Waltham Abbey and the site of the Lee Valley White Water Centre before entering East London. At Bow Locks the river splits, with a tidal section continuing to the Thames along Bow Creek, whilst the rest of the river diverts into the Limehouse Cut, which takes it to Limehouse Lock where it joins the Thames.
Located on the River Thames in a secluded riverside park, our spacious function and meeting rooms with riverfront balconies are available to hire as a venue for parties—both corporate and private—conferences, seminars, wedding receptions and other events.
We are a friendly London canoe club who welcome all those interested in canoeing and kayaking; from beginners to experienced paddlers, paddling fanatics or just warm weather fans.