The best boat-els in London

You can’t trust the Tube and after sitting on a bus for three hours yesterday, you’re craving the cut and thrust of a voyage. Spend the weekend in a boat-el: here are five of London’s best.

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Sunborn

The luxe Sunborn is moored in the Docklands: the 124m hotel has 135 rooms, kitted out with all the mod cons you’d need on the high seas and a huge window for admiring the view.

Dutch barge

This reconstructed Dutch Clipper lives on a new pier situated between Battersea and Chelsea. It has two double cabins, ensuite wet rooms and a huge range cooker.

Le Bateau

Le Bateau is moored near Tower Bridge. It’s an old coal barge that used to float in the Seine in Paris in the 1920s. Now it’s a luxury home with a huge upper deck living area for louche Gallic nights.

Bert’s Barge

Hidden in Hackney, Bert’s Barge is a one-bedroom boat moored close to Broadway Market. Breakfast is included, and delivered to the barge.

Boutique narrowboat

Velvet Morning measures 57-feet long — and she’s more than 100 years old. The boat sleeps four adults and a child; it has a large kitchen and living room, huge master bedroom and sidles up and down Regent’s Canal elegantly.

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