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