Boutique Barges

Leave your cares far away on dry land in a relaxing and stylish river retreat, perfectly moored in the vibrant heart of Central London.
  • Sleeps: 4-5 per boat
  • Bedroom: 1
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Newsflash: the traditional canal boat holiday just got itself a chic and quirky makeover with Boutique Barges.  Feed the ducks from your window over a freshly prepared breakfast, as you enjoy the naturally scenic views and unwind to the gently rhythmic sound of water lapping against the riverbank…with all the thrills and adventure of a London city life a mere stone’s throw away!

Boutique Barges offer two luxurious barges, each with their own individual style and personality, moored in carefully chosen locations to ensure quick and easy access to London’s cultural and entertainment hubs.  Both barges have been carefully refurbished and lovingly decorated with high-quality fixtures, antique décor and comfortably quirky touches, along with the latest in technology to make you feel truly at home on the waterway.

If all this isn’t enough, you’ll be provided with a plentiful breakfast basket, and you’ll also find fresh, fluffy towels and fine linens waiting for you on board – not forgetting plenty of thoughtfully selected luxe toiletries that mean you definitely won’t be abandoning ship anytime soon!

Velvet Morning, delightfully decorated in elegant touches of wood and nautical shades of blue, is a 57-foot characterful canal boat that sleeps up to five people.  At over 100 years old, she has more than a few historical tales to tell!  Her living area is expertly designed to create maximum space, with the lounge seating cleverly converting to a double bed, along with the king-sized master bed and single bunk – perfect for a family getaway with a fun and interesting difference. 

There’s a dining area and a well-designed kitchen featuring a gas oven, hob and well-equipped cupboards and drawers, and for an extra splash of luxury why not prepare yourself a sumptuous bubble-fest in the claw-footed slipper bath, along with that book you’ve been waiting ages to get started on? 

You’ll be kept warm and cosy even on colder days with Velvet Morning’s fuel stove…so batten down the hatches, huddle round and tell holiday stories along with a glass or two of something extra warming.

Barbara, with her vibrant colours, clean lines and luxuriously contemporary finishing touches, is a 57-foot narrow boat that sleeps up to four people on a master double bed and a sofa bed.  She also boasts a fully fitted, thoughtfully designed modern kitchen with gas hob and oven, and there’s even a log-fired stove to create a cosily romantic mood.

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At a glance

  • Two stylish holiday barges: Velvet Morning, sleeping up to five people and Barbara, sleeping up to four.
  • The barges will be moored in one of three London locations, Portobello, Little Venice or Kings Cross. Your preferred location can be pre-arranged, and all are close to public transport links, cultural and entertainment hotspots.
  • The barges are pet friendly and WiFi enabled.
  • Coal and logs are provided, along with linen, towels, toiletries and a breakfast basket.
  • Smoking aboard the barges is not permitted.


  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly


Barbara sleeps up to 4, double bed, bedding & towels provided, bathroom, shower, fully equipped kitchen, gas hob, oven, fridge/freezer, kettle, lounge seating area, dining for 4, wood burning stove, WiFi, eco fan. 

Velvet Morning sleeps up to 4 adults and 1 child, king-size bed, sofa bed, bathroom, roll-top bathtub, hand-crafted kitchen, dining table and chairs for 2, gas oven, hob, fridge/freezer, kettle, lounge seating area, wood burning stove, WiFi.

Local activities

Galleries, theatre, canal walks, cycling, kayaking/canoeing along canal, nightlife, tennis, yoga.

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The lounge area is light and bright, just ideal for a few friends to congregate and plan the evening’s activities along with a steaming cuppa. 

Whether you’re on a romantic break, a friend-filled getaway or a family adventure, keeping everybody entertained during your stay will be no problem at all, with your riverside location proficiently chosen to take advantage of the very best London has to offer, with close public transport links that mean you can spend the entire day exploring, shopping and dining, then come back home to your water-haven to recharge over a well-deserved glass of wine.

So chart your course for Boutique Barges and plot your way to a versatile beacon of natural calm in the bustling city.  Anchors aweigh!

Things to note

2021 Update:  Barbara is currently on a long term rental, so only Velvet is available for holiday rentals during 2021.  Minimum 2 night stays, check-in time 3pm, please note that the boats are not in permanent moorings so move around every two weeks (the marker on the map relates to a temporary mooring postcode), location will be confirmed close to arrival date, no smoking or parties permitted, one dog allowed on prior arrangement.

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