Mini-tour of the waterways of London, 4 nights, 2 days


2-day, 4-night tour to visit London’s waterways: the Royal River Thames (tideway and through two locks to Hampton Court and back), and Regents Canal from Camden via St Pancras and the London Canal Museum to Limehouse, April 15-19, 2023. The tour, led by David Edwards-May, is designed for members of Inland Waterways International.
Full price per person €490 including 4 nights accommodation



This mini-tour tour is designed for members of Inland Waterways International to meet for a special reception in London on Monday evening April 17, at the same time discovering the Regent’s Canal between Camden Locks and Limehouse Basin, and the royal River Thames. Four nights in London, in Holiday Inn Express Limehouse, allowing participants to make their own visits in London on the Saturday and Sunday. The tour includes four journeys on the Thames Clipper services on the Thames Tideway, a visit to the St Pancras Cruising Club’s new headquarters (with a buffet lunch), a visit to the London Canal Museum, an evening reception and dinner at CA House in Limehouse Basin, and the superb cruise the next day from Westminster to Hampton Court and back. The tour is organised by David Edwards-May. Enjoy the company of an enthusiastic and motivated international group. The price per person is €490 (excluding transport to London).


Sunday, April 16, 2023
Limehouse Basin entrance lock

After individual London sightseeing during the weekend, assemble in Limehouse in the evening for an informal get-together in the pub beside the entrance lock to Limehouse Basin (the Bread Street Kitchen) OR in The Grapes, with its small terrace on the River Thames, a short distance along Narrow Street. The waterway programme starts on the Monday morning. David Edwards-May will be in CA House which stands just opposite the pagoda-like Harbourmaster’s Office.

A barge enters Limehouse Basin from the River Thames

Monday, April 17

Regent's Canal Battlebridge BasinWalk to the Canary Wharf pier to take the Thames Clipper service to Westminster, enjoying the superb views of the regenerated old wharves, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, London Bridge and the Shard, and the City skyscrapers on the North Bank. Take No 24 bus from Westminster to Camden Town, to discover the famous Camden High Street and the Camden Market adjacent to the locks on the Regent’s Canal. This spectacular site is the starting point of a walking tour along the towpath. First stop at St Pancras Cruising Club to visit its new headquarters. Address by the new Commodore. Buffet reception. Continue walking along the canal to Battlebridge Basin, to visit the London Canal Museum with its curator Martin Sachs. Continue to Limehouse on the towpath or by public transport. Private dinner for IWI and friends in the Cruising Association in CA House.

Battlebridge Basin, where the London Canal Museum is located, © Alan MacFaden

Tuesday, April 18

Again walk to the Canary Wharf pier to take the Thames Clipper service to Westminster. Transfer to the passenger vessel operated by Thames River Boats either in Westminster or in Kew (to be determined according to tides and available services closer to the date). Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the tideway and the grand river beyond the locks at Teddington and Richmond. Look out for the Thames swans, owned by the Royal Family, and countless ornate boathouses, and remarkable gardens and grassy banks teeming with Londoners enjoying the spectacular riverside and constant traffic of boats of all shapes and sizes. After the 3-hour cruise, visit Hampton Court or visit a local restaurant for lunch. Then reembark for the cruise back down to London.

One of the powerful catamarans of the Thames Clipper fleet approaches the pier at Bankside.

Wednesday, April 19

End of tour

The price includes four nights (double or twin room) in Holiday Inn Express Limehouse (full English breakfast included), the Thames Clipper rides, the reception at St Pancras Cruising Club, the visit to the London Waterways Museum, reception and dinner at CA House Limehouse, and the long boat excursion from Westminster to Hampton Court and back.

Price €490 per person
Select * 2 for two persons

Holiday Inn Express Limehouse
London, E1W 3GA
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 207 791 3850
Cancellation conditions
In case of cancellation, payment is refunded in full up to 28 days before the start of the tour, i.e. until March 17.
After that date, and up to 7 days before the start of the tour, the refund is limited to 25% because the hotel has to be paid in full.