Why You Need to Go Paddle boarding in London

Why You Need to Go Paddle boarding in London

Why You Need Try Paddle boarding in London

Think you know London? Think again – even life-long Londoners are surprised how different things look on board

The Pirate Castle in Camden, home to paddleboarding London

Thinking of visiting London? Chances are paddleboarding might not be top of your list of things to do in such a busy city – but we’re here to change that!

Paddleboarding London offers tours and lessons to suit all abilities. From our centrally located base in Camden we offer SUP tours for beginners/competent paddles which head west through Primrose Hill, past the London Zoo and Regent’s Park. Competent paddlers can also join our occasional trips heading east towards Kings Cross.

Urban paddling is a far different experience than paddling in crystal clear waters of the sea, but it’s a fantastic way to get a feel for the city, see some amazing street art and experience life like a local.

Paddle boarding Camden to Regent’s Park – What You’ll See

The Pirate Castle, Camden Town
The Pirate Castle is nothing if not recognisable. Perfectly at home in ‘anything goes’ Camden, you might be surprised to learn that it was in fact designed by famous architect Richard Seifert. Seifert, best known for iconic buildings like Centre Point on New Oxford Street and Tower 42, built more London buildings than Sir Christopher Wren.

With a clear penchant to modern, even futuristic, design, it might seem a bit at odds that he would design our quirky castle home, complete with rounded turret on top.

The oddities of the building are equally matched by the eccentricities of the charity it houses. The Pirate Castle centre for children’s watersports was founded in the 1960s by Jestyn Reginald Austine Plantagenet Phillips (say that two times fast…) also known as Viscount St Davids, son of Baroness Strange of Knowkin, Hungerford and De Moleys. The Viscount adopted the name ‘Peg-Leg’ late in life after fracturing his leg in a fall between the club’s original narrowboat home and the pontoon.

The charity originally ran from the old narrow boat and the original ‘pirates’ earned their name by ‘requesting’ donations from the canal boats as they passed through the nearby Camden lock, hence being nicknamed little Pirates. Their fundraising efforts were eventually boosted when they detained the Lord Mayor of London in the club’s dungeon while requesting ransom.

In 2008, an extension updated the facilities to make it fully accessible to those with physical disabilities. The Pirate Prince, a fully disabled-accessible wide-beam canal boat runs trips all year round to help make the canal accessible to all.

Paddleboarding London is proud to be supporting The Pirate Castle through lessons and donations. We donate a portion of each booking back to the charity to help with its fantastic work.

Check back for our next instalment on one of London’s rare floating restaurants!

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Paddle for Peace – Stand Up for Ukraine

Paddle for Peace – Stand Up for Ukraine

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#StandupwithUkraine and let’s show our support for Ukraine

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Watching the events of the past ten days on the news and social media it’s easy to feel helpless and wonder how we can make a difference.  We wanted to find a way to show solidarity, raise awareness and raise money/donations for vital food and supplies for those fleeing the war so earlier in the week we came up with the idea of a Paddle for Peace.  In the few days since we posted the information about our paddle and fundraising raffle, we’ve already seen an outpouring of support and raised nearly £400.

We’ve also been pleased to see that other SUP Clubs have had the same idea and are organising their own Paddle for Peace events (some of which are listed below – if you know of others please let us know and we’ll keep adding to the list).  We’ve also asked everyone to wear blue and yellow for the paddle so we can fill Regent’s Canal with the colours of Ukraine and show that we #standupwithUkraine

Our paddle is in support of With Ukraine, a fund set up by the Ukraine Embassy in the UK, but there are many other charities that are set up to receive funds – we’ve listed some below but it’s by no means an exhaustive list.

Like others, we want to reach as many people as possible so we’re challenging other SUP clubs, schools and social groups to organise your own #PaddleforPeace.  If you can’t get to one of the organised events, why not get a group of friends together and go out on your own. You can join in by 1) donating and 2) sharing your pics on social media using #PaddleforPeace and #StandupwithUkraine


Please share, we’d love to see your photos and even more we’d love to show the people of Ukraine that we are standing up in solidarity.

Paddle for Peace Events:

Paddle for Peace London – Saturday 12 March, 10am, Regent’s Canal

Paddle for Peace Teddington – Saturday 12 March, 10am, Tamesis Club, Teddington

Paddle for Peace SUP North (Southport) – Sunday 7 March, 3pm, Fairway, Southport

Paddle for Peace Dublin – Sunday 13 March, 10am, Dun Laoghaire Pier West

Paddle For Peace Wirral – Sunday 20 March, 10am, Sandy Lane Aqua Park

Paddleboarding Adventures – Saturday 12 March 11am, The Black Shed Cafe, Shepherds Patch, Slimbridge

SUP Social Lakes District – Saturday 12 March, Coniston, Lake District

Paddle for Peace Tonbridge – Sunday 27 March 2pm, Tonbridge

Paddle for Peace SUP Shropshire – Saturday 12 March 11am, Bridgnorth


Where to Donate:

This is by no means an exhaustive list but some of the places you can donate include:

With Ukraine 

Save The Children’s Ukraine Appeal

Red Cross

Choose Love

Disasters Emergency Committee










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