Moorings on Your Way to the Festival

Moorings in London are busy but as long as you can be flexible about where you stop and don’t mind breasting up you can find moorings for short stays. These notes are provided to assist you travelling to and from IWA’s Festival of Water 2019.   


Canal & River Trust will have new bookable moorings available in central London to assist you getting to and from Waltham Abbey. Until their booking system is up and running IWA will collect the booked mooring requests for boats attending the Festival of Water and then pass them on to CRT.  
We are only taking bookings for boats traversing London on their way to the Festival, and who want moorings between 12 August to 23 August, and after the Festival between 26 August to 30 August. The maximum stay will be one night at each mooring in each period.
These moorings are

  • 5 in Paddington Basin
  • 3 at Kings Cross
  • 3 on the Lee below the Hertford Union

The cost for each mooring will be £10 per night.
To reserve a mooring please e-mail with the following information;

  • Customer Name
  • Boat Index Number
  • Boat Name
  • Contact Phone Number
  • Contact e-mail Address
  • Preferred mooring
  • Preferred Date

and put "FoW London Moorings" in the Email Subject Line.

In addition to the CRT moorings there are occasionally bookable moorings at St Pancras Cruising Club for AWCC members and the London Canal Museum at Kings Cross. Please contact the relevant organisation for availability and terms and conditions.


By August CRT will have new seven day visitor moorings available at

  • Springwell
  • Denham
  • Brown’s Meadow (Uxbridge)
  • Crowley North
  • Hayes Town (off side)

There are a number of existing seven day moorings including Southall and Alperton



Coming through London, boaters are rarely more than a few minutes’ walk from a supermarket or local convenience shop. However unless you know the area it is easy to miss them. There are Supermarkets alongside the canal at

  • Rickmansworth on the Grand Union Canal - Offside below Batchworth Lock
  • West Drayton on the Grand Union Canal - Towpath side South of Junction with the Slough Arm
  • Bulls Bridge on the Grand Union Canal - Offside opposite Junction of the Paddington Arm
  • Alperton on the Paddington Arm - Towpath side near seven day mooring
  • Kensal Green on the Paddington Arm - Towpath side by Ladbroke Road Bridge.
  • Camden on the Regent’s Canal - North of the Canal by the Pirate Castle Bridge
  • Three Mills on the River Lee - Offside moorings on towpath either side of Three Mill Lane Bridge.

Boat Services

There are boatyards at

  • Harefield - Grand Union Canal - Harefield Marina
  • Uxbridge - Grand Union Canal - Denham Yacht Station Ltd
  • Uxbridge - Grand Union Canal - Uxbridge Boat Centre Ltd
  • Cowley Peachy - Grand Union Canal - High Line Yachting Ltd
  • Ivor - Slough Arm - High Line Yachting Ltd
  • Hayes - Paddington Arm - Willowtree Marina
  • Northolt - Paddington Arm - High Line Yachting Ltd
  • Spring Hill - River Lee - Lee Valley Marina Springfield

Please check with the operators for opening times and services available.

Places to Visit

There are many famous places to visit in London but here are a few which you may find interesting situated close to the canal.

Camden Market

Camden Market comprises six smaller markets – Camden Lock Market, the Stables, Camden Lock Village, Buck Street Market, Electric Ballroom, and Inverness Street. There is a flea market, and food stalls offering food and drinks from around the world, and arts and crafts stalls. It is situated north of the Hampstead Road Lock of the Regent's Canal

London Canal Museum

There are two themes in this unusual London museum. London's canals have a fascinating past and you will learn not only how they came to be built but about the lives of the workers, the cargoes, and horses.  It is a waterways museum first and foremost, but also an industrial museum telling the story of the ice industry in London.

Ragged School Museum

The Ragged School Museum was opened in 1990 in the premises of the former Dr Barnardo's Copperfield Road Ragged School. The school opened in 1877 to serve the children of Mile End with a basic education. It was the largest of its kind at the time. The Ragged School Museum is housed in a group of three canalside buildings near Johnson’s Lock on the Regents Canal.

Three Mills

The Three Mills are former working mills on the River Lea in Bromley-by-Bow, one of London’s oldest industrial centres.

The River Lea Tidal Mill Trust Ltd owns the House Mill which will be open every Sunday for guided tours until the end of October. The Opening Hours are 11.00am until 4.00pm. A guided tour of the House Mill will cost £4.00.

Carpenters Road Lock

Situated in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Carpenters Road Lock is integral to the Olympic Legacy Framework and was restored with funding from the Canal & River Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, London Legacy Development Corporation and London Region of the IWA - this significant, unique, lock is a showpiece waterside destination. You need to book a passage but if you want to use the lock please let know and he will try and organise a flotilla of boats. 

Silver Propeller Challenge

On your journey to and from the Festival you may pass three Silver propeller locations. Why not take a diversion to visit them. They are;

  • Grand Union Canal - Slough Arm - Slough Basin   
  • Grand Union Canal - Wendover Arm - Current limit of navigation at Little Tring
  • Lee & Stort (Bow Back Rivers) - Carpenters Road Lock, Queen Elizabeth Park (Passage through Carpenters Road Lock)

Then let us us how you got on.  We’d love to hear from you while you’re on the way to completing the challenge - #silverpropeller.

Festival Details

Free Admission!

Entry to the festival and car parking is free.

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