7 of the best places to go stand-up paddleboarding in London

by Maria Rangin

Living in London, you imagine that your active life is limited to gyms, jogging, and various sports like football, basketball, and tennis.

Imagine our surprise when we found that there is a sizeable paddleboarding community hiding in the city! We recently went out with Active360, a group based in North London. Traversing the canals, it felt like an idyllic escape from the city merely metres away.

We would love to show you some of these hidden gems. Here are our top picks for a place to SUP in or around London

1. Paddington Basin

Recommended School: Active360

What we love: Easy to get to, flat calm water, miles of canals to explore, including Grand Union Canal and Regent Canal, as well as plenty of bars nearby for an after session drink! The Active360 team are amazingly supportive, friendly, and the sessions fantastically affordable.

Travel: The nearest tube station is Edgeware road in north-west central London

Paddington Basin with Active360.jpg

2. Kew Bridge

Recommended School: Active360

What we love: Depending on the tides, tours from Kew Bridge typically head towards Hammersmith or Richmond, with both offering their own respective delights. A wide range of local business offer discounts to paddleboarders around here, making it an even more appealing option!

Travel: 3 miles from central London. Just hop on the train to Kew Bridge station, and walk on over

Kew Bridge active360 sup.jpg

3. River Lane, Richmond

Recommended School: Back of Beyond Adventures

What we love: Take a break from the hectic city life and join Back of Beyond exploring the beautiful backwaters around London in stunning Richmond. See the sunset over the water, take the scenic route to a riverside pub or our personal favourite, bring your dog on a SUP-with-your-PUP session.

Travel: You can hop on the train or underground to Richmond Station then bus 65 or a walk to River Lane next to Petersham Meadows

Back of Beyond SUP with PUP Richmond.jpg

4. The Pontoons, Richmond

Recommended School: Active360

What we love: Active360's newly opened location in Richmond now offers various group or private sessions and coaching for beginners as well as more experienced paddlers. You can also book a bespoke SUP party, an eco trip or a corporate event or team building trips along the river in beautiful Richmond.

Travel: A 10 min walk from Richmond train and underground station

Active360 Richmond sup

5. Royal Docklands

Recommended School: Wakeupdocklands

What we love: Easy to get to, nice flat water and also offers Wakeboarding sessions. A great place to learn SUP if you haven't tried before, and would recommend trying the 'Introduction to Paddleboarding Experience' to ease you into SUP. We particularly like 'The Shack' as it's a fully licensed bar and a perfect place to have a drink and enjoy watching the action out on the water.

Travel: The nearest station is Royal Victoria on the DLR and then you're a 5 min walk to WakeUpDocklands

WakeUp Docklands SUP

6. Brentford Lock

Recommended School: Active360

What we love: Like with Paddington Basin, this spot is based on the canals. It's brilliantly located only a few moments away from the lock where the River Brent joins the Grand Union Canal. It is ideal for families and parties with children as it's a more mellow, quiet location, and offers a serene tour.

Travel: 3 miles from central London with the closest station being Brentford. After that it's a quick 5 min walk to Active360.

Brentford Lock active360 sup

7. Thames Ditton

Recommended School: Dittons Paddle Boarding

What we love: This paddleboarding club was founded by adventure seeking London paddlers in 2017 and now have 4 different paddle base locations. The original being Thames Ditton, 30 min train ride from central London, stunningly leafy and a nice break from the city.

Travel: Closest station  is Thames Ditton train station and you can jump on a train from Waterloo which will take around 30 min. 

Thames Ditton sup

The stand-up paddleboarding community is quickly growing in London and more and more people starting to get into this activity as an alternative form of workout and fitness as well as exploration and relaxation. 

If you're still not convinced have a look at our blog about some of the health benefits of stand-up paddleboarding.

To find and book your next adventure experience don't forget to check out the eola marketplace 

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