If you’re looking for a more unique place to lay your head on your next trip to London, look no further than the Boathouse London, a stylish floating hotel docked on a city canal. Created in partnership with home design brand Made, this bespoke botel and event space on the water was fashioned as “an industrial-style barge turned contemporary bolthole” with help from interior designer Katie Hanton. Kitted out in Scandinavian-inspired style, the chic getaway comes with customizable experiences, from a boat driver who can steer you around the canals to a special dinner prepared by a local chef.

black canal boat tied to canal port

black canal boat with rooftop deck with bicycles and dining tables

Spanning 60 feet wide and constructed by local boat builders, the barge cuts a contemporary silhouette compared to its more traditional canal boat cousins. In contrast to its sleek black exterior, the botel interior is warm and cozy with reclaimed wood paneling throughout and an airy, open-plan layout. A neutral color palette dressed in furniture by Made and peppered with greenery creates inviting and relaxed vibes. Guests also have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with a generously sized deck above or with the provided bicycles and rowboat.

Living space with wood walls, wood burning stove, gray sectional sofa with gray and white fuzzy pillows and small dining table and gray kitchen behind the couch

kitchen with wood walls, gray cabinets, white counters, and potted plants

The bathroom and bedroom are tucked in the rear of the boat. The minimalist living area comes with a kitchen, snug dining area (additional seating can be found on the deck) and a lounge with a sofa that can be converted into a second bed. The Boathouse London is currently docked in London’s first floating park near Little Venice atop Grand Union Canal in Paddington Basin, about a five-minute walk from Edgware Road tube station.

Bed with gray and white blankets and blue throw pillow under a small boat window in a wood-lined room

bathroom with white subway tiles, wood accent walls, standalone bathtub, glass shower, and potted and hanging plants

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“We’re hugely excited to be working with Made.com, and we couldn’t ask for a better fit — our aim is to create a range of beautifully designed, stylish, modern spaces on the water, each with their own individual twist — and breaking away from the traditional idea of a canal boat,” explained CEO and Founder Cara Louise Furby. Prices for The Boathouse London start at £220 per night with breakfast and Wi-Fi included.

+ The Boathouse London

Images via The Boathouse London

dining tables and potted plants on rooftop deck of a canal boat