Top 7 places to go standup paddleboarding in London

by Rita Costa

SUP is a great way to mix fun, exercise, and the calm of being on the water, making it ideal for families and friends looking for an enjoyable weekend activity. London's scenic waterways offer a variety of spots perfect for everyone from beginners to seasoned paddlers. Here's a closer look at the top 7 places in London where you can enjoy a paddleboarding experience.

1. Paddle Richmond

Paddle Richmond offers a serene paddleboarding experience along the Thames in Richmond, boasting beautiful riverside views and abundant wildlife. It's perfect for all skill levels, providing a picturesque backdrop for a day on the water with family and friends.

Getting there: Take the District line to Richmond Station or a Southwest train from Waterloo station - the paddle centre is a short walk from the station.

7 places to go standup paddleboarding in London

2. Back of Beyond UK

Back of Beyond UK is your escape into the tranquil waters surrounded by nature. This spot offers crystal-clear waters and a peaceful paddling experience, ideal for those seeking a quiet adventure. They provide all the necessary equipment and guidance, ensuring a safe and enjoyable outing for every paddler.

Getting there: If you are not able to drive there, the public transport options include taking a train from St Pancras to St Albans City Station, followed by a 10min taxi to the site.

7 places to go standup paddleboarding in London

3. Palace Paddlers

Palace Paddlers lets you explore historic waterways near Crystal Palace. It's a unique opportunity to view London's heritage from the water.

Getting there: Take the Overground to Crystal Palace Station or the National Rail services - the paddling site is within walking distance.

7 places to go standup paddleboarding in London

4. Paddle Up

Paddle Up combines urban scenery with the natural beauty of the Thames. It caters to groups and families eager to explore the river, offering a diverse range of boards and experienced instructors to ensure a memorable and safe experience for everyone.

Getting there: The most straightforward way to reach Paddle Up from Central London is by train. Take the South Western Railway from London Waterloo to Shepperton Station. From Shepperton Station, it's a pleasant walk to the launch site, or you may opt for a short taxi ride to get you right to the water's edge.

7 places to go standup paddleboarding in London

5. Surrey SUP Hire

For those looking to venture outside the city, Surrey SUP Hire offers a refreshing change from London's urban scenes, nestled in Surrey's picturesque countryside. It's an idyllic escape into nature, with serene waterways and lush greenery, perfect for those seeking tranquility and scenic beauty.

Getting there: The easiest way to reach Surrey SUP Hire is by car. Alternatively, take a train from Waterloo to Guildford or Woking, and then a quick taxi or bus.

7 places to go standup paddleboarding in London

6. Creek Paddles

Creek Paddles is perfect for adventurers wanting to explore London's hidden creeks and waterways. Their guided tours are family-friendly, emphasising exploration and the joy of discovering uncharted paths on a paddleboard.

Getting there: This depends on the specific paddle tour, but most locations are accessible via the Tube or bus services from Central London. Check their website for the meeting point of your chosen tour.

7. Active360

Active360 offers a unique paddleboarding experience from several Thames locations. Whether you're navigating the historic stretches near Kew Bridge or the peaceful canals by Paddington, Active360 invites paddlers of all levels to see London from a different angle.

Getting there: Take the District Line to Gunnersbury Station, then either walk or catch a bus for the short journey to Kew Bridge. Alternatively, you can take a train directly to Kew Bridge Station from London Waterloo. 

7 places to go standup paddleboarding in London

Each of these spots provides a unique way to experience London's waterways this weekend. Whether you're seeking tranquility, adventure, or a bit of both, London's SUP scene has you covered for a weekend adventure on the water with friends and family.


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