Thames Kayaking Adventure: Big Ben & Back


 

Thames Kayaking: Big Ben & Back

Monday 5th August 8pm - 10:30

Meet 7.45pm, Cremorne Gardens, Chelsea, SW10 OQH

A late summer evening jaunt on the glistening Thames, ideal for those new to kayaking or those looking to try something new in a kayak!

We’ll be on the water for a couple of hours, with the trip planned around the tides, allowing you to glide down river to see Albert Bridge, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament in all their splendour before returning to Chelsea on the new flood tide.

We will be paddling in super stable 2 person kayak boats, so no experience is required, and our expert guides will help us master the basics of boat control during the journey.

More info:

We will be kayaking from a purpose-built kayaking centre in Chelsea, with excellent facilities and equipment. The kayaks we’ll be using are spacious and stable doubles.

All coaches are highly trained and qualified by the British Canoe Union, fully CRB checked, and have years of kayaking experience.  They have a passion for the tidal Thames and brilliant local knowledge.

The centre boasts hot showers and changing rooms, with lockers for your valuables, just bring along a small padlock.

Meeting Point:

Meet at Cremorne Gardens on the junction of Lots Road and Cremorne Road. Travelling by bus is a good option – the centre is a five minute walk from Battersea Bridge, or the Worlds End stop on the Kings Road.
Imperial Wharf overground station is around a 7 minute walk, and can be reached via Clapham Junction or Shepherd’s Bush mainline stations, or by changing from the London Underground system at West Brompton (District Line). Fulham Broadway and Sloane Square tube stations are both around a 15 – 20 minute walk away.
If you’re on your bike there are railings you can secure your bike to.

What to bring:

A complete change of clothes & footwear (though you’re 99% likely to stay dry!), a padlock, sunglasses/hat.

What’s included:

Kayak hire, splash proof outer clothing, paddle, buoyancy aid, kayak guides.

N.B. the trip is dependent on a minimum number attending.



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Glad everyone enjoyed it. Credit goes to Louise for the idea, and the Kayaking London staff who were brilliant.

    September 19, 2013

    • Alan

      Brilliant pics Peter, especially like the County Hall and MI5 ones.

      1 · September 19, 2013

  • Sara

    1st event with this group. Everything was brilliant: people, staff, view and moon. You'll see me often. Nice one Kat and Peter!

    September 19, 2013

  • Alan

    If the few of you that I managed to get a photo of would like the full sized version emailed to them, just let me know. You can do that by emailing me through clicking my profile on the Curious Kat page.

    September 19, 2013

  • Alan

    A brilliant experience, a big thank you to all involved in organising, both the MeetUp and the kayak centre staff.

    September 19, 2013

  • Henry K

    Thanks to Peter and Kat for setting this up. The delay meant it was all at night which I think made it even better. Full moon, plenty of light, perfect weather. It was absolute magic, definitely my best Meetup yet. The beauty of London from a totally different perspective. Thanks to all our fellow kayakers for a wonderful evening.

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic views on a clear night. Feeling pain all over today but so worth it.

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • Indranil S.

    Great experience and beautiful views

    2 · September 19, 2013

  • Julian F.

    Really great! Had a doubt as to whether it would better as a day event, but actually views at night are truly iconic

    1 · September 18, 2013

  • Hugh

    Blast . . . got snarled up in traffic and missed you all. Not best pleased :-(

    September 18, 2013

  • Ildi

    sorry i can't make it either.stuck at work. next time

    September 18, 2013

  • Pato

    Not feeling too great so will give this a miss. Will try it another time.

    September 18, 2013

  • John W.

    Hi all. Can't make it tonight. Would anyone like my ticket? Leave message and I can send you details.

    September 18, 2013

  • Amber W.

    would have liked to have come but not prepared to dress warm tonight :(... next time!

    September 18, 2013

  • Ian

    Looking for to this! :D

    September 18, 2013

    • Ian

      Forward. Lol

      September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Weather's looking good, see you all this evening.

    September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    September 18, 2013

  • Larissa F.

    Place is for sale.nif anyone wishes to go, please comment here. Ta.

    September 18, 2013

  • Jorge

    Is still possible to join???

    September 18, 2013

    • Hugh

      Text Peter - I'll email you his number

      September 18, 2013

    • Larissa F.

      Jorge, I can't make it. Would you like to buy my place?

      September 18, 2013

  • Natalie

    Just wondering... Won't it be very dark by then ?

    September 18, 2013

    • Hugh

      Sure, sunset tonight is @ 19.09 so it will be getting dark, but it will be a clear night and very beautiful on the river, temperatures around 12 to 14 deg C - http://www.flickr.com...­

      September 18, 2013

  • Ahmed E.

    When are we expected to finish it ? 10:30 ?

    September 17, 2013

  • Michelle

    Hi Kat, sorry the date wasn't convenient for the others so we won't be able to make it this time around. Thanks for following up though!

    September 13, 2013

  • Michelle

    Hi Kat, Please can you tell me how many places are left for this excursion? Thanks

    August 22, 2013

    • Curious K.

      How many do you need?

      August 22, 2013

    • Kat

      Michelle, how many places would you like?

      September 13, 2013

  • anne m.

    So, my payment for the 5th good for this new date?

    August 18, 2013

    • Kat

      yes, all confirmed.

      August 19, 2013

  • Tatiana

    Hi, how can i join on sep.18 for this event. Can you send me a link how to pay if its still available.

    August 12, 2013

    • Kat

      Apologies, just realised it was closed to RSVP. I have opened it now.

      1 · August 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks

      August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Kat.
    I am glad few tickets became available.I just made a payment for the kayaking event on the Thames for the 18th September 2013. I will send you an email as well. I am looking forward to the event. bw Dani

    August 12, 2013

  • Tatiana

    hi, just paid for the kayaking

    August 12, 2013

  • Tatiana

    Tatiana

    August 12, 2013

  • Emma

    Hi Kat, as I can't make this new date I require a refund for the original date...I have emailed you but have not had confirmation of this. Please can you advise? Thanks, Emma

    August 9, 2013

    • Kat

      The refund has now been processed, please allow a couple of days for it to go through. If you have another queries, please email me directly ([masked]) as if you post here messages are sent to everyone on the list.

      August 9, 2013

    • Tatiana

      Hi, is your new date sep 18. If so how i can join the group and pay. Thank you

      August 12, 2013

  • Indranil S.

    This new date seems fine with me, hopefully no rains!

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • Emma

    Aw I can't make this new date :/

    August 8, 2013

  • Henry K

    Hi

    Thanks for re-scheduling so quickly, I will look forward (again!) to attending. It'll probably be even more spectacular in the dark when we come back.

    August 6, 2013

  • Jennifer

    awww bummer, I can't make this new date... I'm on holiday then. :-(

    August 6, 2013

  • Alan

    Excellent - I can do this date. Sewage-free please!

    August 6, 2013

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