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Thames Kayaking Adventure: Big Ben & Back

Looks like this event is sold out, but we still have a couple of places on the June event:

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 time: 7.00pm, Cremorne Gardens, Chelsea, SW10 OQH for 7:30 start.

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.


Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure;


Please note that in order to keep the costs low, the trips are set up in such a way that they can be fully managed online. The descriptions are very detailed and try to answer all your questions and you will find additional information in pages section of the website. Please only email us if your query is not answered in the event's description andplease only call us in case of emergency. I'm afraid we will not be able to get back to you if your query is answered above as with over 60 events coming almost 4,000 members and current volume of emails, this would require hiring admin support and setting up a call centre, which as you can imagine would increase the costs of the events considerably. Please help us provide excellent trips at fantastic value for you and keep your emails to the minimum. Please make sure you read the event's description before contacting us. 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    4 · May 13, 2014

    • Ally

      Very cool - thanks for sharing!

      1 · May 20, 2014

    • Zahra A.


      May 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ah I got completely soaked riding there on my bike and had to turn back. Bummed that I couldn't make it the whole way. Glad for you the weather cleared up. Very annoyed I missed it, sounds like it was great fun

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • Kat

    Hey guys, the pictures are ready: Please feel free to tag yourselves.

    2 · May 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great fun

    May 13, 2014

  • Khalid B.

    That was a great one! We've been so lucky with the weather. Thank you guys for sharing such good vibes. I'll post the pictures soon.

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • Penny

    I am also stuck at work so apologies but I will not be able to make it.

    May 12, 2014

  • Sydny

    I got stuck in a meeting in Edinburgh and have had to get a later train than I had planned - won't get back in time. Gutted! I was looking forward to this. :-(

    May 12, 2014

  • Remi P.

    Hi guys, stuck at the office, I am afraid I won't be able to make it :(

    May 12, 2014

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