Please note this is a Blog post originally written 14-May-2014 and so it is possible that some updates have been made. Last update 10-Feb-15
PLEASE GO TO Private Canal Tours For TWO – an update FOR FULL INFORMATION ON OUR TOURS FOR TWO.
Lady A usually carries ten or twelve passengers and we normally hire out the boat at a standard rate which is currently £240 for two hours and £300 for three hours (Prices correct at time of writing and indeed unchanged for 3 years).
So that is from only £20 per head for a two hour private party trip which can be favourably compared to the public passenger boats operating on the Regent’s Canal for £8.50 to £9.00 for a 45 minute trip, sharing with up to 67 other passengers!
But the problem I am trying to address is for smaller parties, where the cost per head can become rather prohibitive. What I like to do is to add value in a private canal tour for two – personalising tours to suit the exact needs of our smaller parties so we often reduce the price to half our normal rates for couples during off peak and last minute bookings. Private Canal Tours for two make a great venue for that special private occasion and ideal for marriage proposals!
Half Price Cruise for Couples
With just two people we can offer you half price two hour private Party Picnic cruises on weekdays and weekends when you book the same week. That’s a private two hour cruise for £120 and is ideal for those special occasions when you’re looking for something different to do. Bring a picnic and a bottle and we will supply the champagne glasses for a stylish celebration. This is open to any two people travelling together – you don’t have to be a couple!
You can book this online by using the Coupon Code JUSTFORTWO which is valid on 2 hour Party Picnic cruises. Click on the Booking menu link to get started.
Exclusive 5 hour Cruise for TwoAfter testing the market in 2014 for an even more personal experience for smaller parties I’ve now made this a permanent offer – a private day out for two on the canals.
So how about we take you for a five hour tour for little more than the price of two hours?
Ideally this will allow us to aim for the London Canal Museum, an interesting journey from Little Venice, following our favourite route through Maida Vale and the Maida Hill Tunnel then passing through Regent’s Park with the canal-side villas and then London Zoo before we turn away from the Park and reach Camden. Continuing through Camden we pass through three locks at Camden Market, giving a chance to experience the way 200 year old technology is still the best way to lower the boat gently down the hill towards Kings Cross. This is an ideal opportunity to take a look around the market while the boat continues down the locks.
You’re welcome to bring some food and drinks on the cruise – but at lunch time I suggest we help you find a traditional English classic – fish and chips of course, served with delicious mushy peas and lashings of salt and vinegar – your diet will have to go on hold for this treat and one of London’s best fish and chip shops is located almost by the canal in Camden. Or how about you stop at a nice pub for a pint of decent English ale and then grab a take away lunch from the vast range of international foods served in the Camden Lock Market. We recommend this is eaten onboard Lady A rather than having to find a spare space for dining in the market.
This also gives a little time to take a preview of Camden Lock and Camden Stables markets – one of the top tourist attractions in London. You’ll definitely find something of interest amongst the 700 or so individual stalls.
At Kings Cross we will see one more lock between St. Pancras and Kings Cross and the ever changing skyline due to the incredible regeneration of this fascinating area will give you photographic opportunities to remember the day you saw a whole new part of London being built.
Just after Kings Cross we can usually arrange to moor Lady A right outside the London Canal Museum (30 minute visit) and we will include your admission tickets in our price, so you can take a look at this very interesting little museum which also tells the story of how ice cream was made on the same site thanks to huge blocks of ice which were imported from Norway and found their way up the Regents Canal by the boat full. You will see the original ice well, a deep hole in the ground for storing the ice, an authentic boatman’s cabin to see how a canal family could live in the tiny space left after loading their boat with cargo and lots of canal mementoes in one of London’s most quaint museums well off the beaten tourist track. The museum is closed on Mondays so while we can still offer this tour, we recommend taking you through the 960 yards long Islington tunnel instead.
After this brief visit to the canal museum we will turn and head back and during the passage through the locks at Camden we will serve a traditional selection of scones, clotted cream and jam with a pot of tea – you’ll enjoy the envious looks of the Camden crowds while you raise your vintage bone china cup to their health as they drink from plastic!
At all times on longer cruises onboard Lady A such as this, we will offer you complimentary tea and coffee or if you’re desperate for a shot of espresso then there’s at least one Starbucks and a Costa on the route or a lovely Ethiopian lady who roasts her own coffee beans every day in the Camden Lock Market.
Along the route you will learn about life on the canals has changed over the years, contrasting the early hard working boat families with todays boating fraternity. You will know more about the development of the canal from a deserted underused waterway into a vibrant and colourful route through the centre of London, and you’ll meet as many different inhabitants of the canals as possible, including coots, ducks, moorhens, swans, cormorants and if you’re lucky herons and some of the rarer species such as peacocks, jays, grouse, woodpecker, bats and turtles all of which I have seen recently.
And hopefully at the end of the trip you’ll be hooked on the secret world of London and indeed England’s historic canal system.
I’m going to call this the Exclusive 5 Hour Cruise for Two at a price of £260 for five hours (in reality it many take a little longer). Book direct with me – [email protected], and if theres more than two then no worries – our normal hire rates will apply but please ask for a quotation.