Places to Stand-up Paddleboard near London

by Callum Hemsley

Living in London, you imagine that your active live 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 and around 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

Paddington Basin, London

Recommended School: Active360

What we love: Easy to get to, flat calm water, miles of canals to explore and plenty of bars nearby for an after session drink! The Active360 team are amazingly supportive and friendly, and with prices starting from just £20 for a 90 minute session after your first training session, they are fantastically affordable.

Travel: In North-west central London. The nearest tube station is Edgeware road.

Putney, London

Recommended School: Active360

What we love: It's a bit more challenging than the canals, but is very beautiful and offers an equally fantastic experience.  The views of London along the river near Putney are spectacular. Furthermore. Active 360's boathouse is close to Putney's great pubs, bars and restaurants so you'll be sorted for food and drink after seeing London from a unique perspective. 

Travel: 3 miles from Central London. Just take the train to Putney overground, and then it's a ten minute walk to the Active360 school.

Kew Bridge, London

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 overground, and walk on over.

Brentford Lock, London

Recommended School: Active360

What we love: Like with Paddington Basin, this spot is based on the canals. It's brilliantly located as its 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 Active 360.

Docklands, London

Recommended School: Wakeupdocklands

What we love: Easy to get to, nice flat water and plenty of other water sports nearby for you to try. 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, so is the perfect place to have a drink and enjoy watching the action out on the water.

Travel: Only 4 miles away from Central London. The nearest station is Royal Victoria and then you're a 5 min walk to Wakeup Docklands 'The Shack'

Datchet, Berkshire

What we love: Located within the Liquid Leisure Aqua Park this is a great place to go and spend a day. Wakeboard, waterskiing and many other water sports and water activities are available here so there will be something for everyone. A particular bonus (although not SUP) would be to give the Ninja Warrior Aqua Park course a go! However, don't miss one of the many SUP yoga lessons on offer as they are definitely a rewarding experience. 

Travel: This one is slightly further afield than the others, being 20 miles away from Central London, but the possibility of spending an entire day there is too good to miss.

Our friend Jo over at HobbyHelp has written a great article on learning how to get in to the sport.

If you're interested in other places to do SUP:

Click here to see our blog on SUP locations near Birmingham

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