Hot Tug | A Boat. That’s Also A Hot Tub.
If someone asks you to join them in a hot tug this weekend, you should, indubitably, accept.
Because these Hot Tugs are, in fact, hireable, self-drive boats, that allow you to float down London’s waterways in the comfort of your own private hot tub.
And after a year’s roaring trade at their Angel moorings by the Islington Boat Club, they’ve brought in a flotilla of new tugs for their site at West India Quay, by Canary Wharf. Perched on the waterfront beside a picturesque Grade I listed warehouse, the festoon-lit Hot Tug HQ has a dinky red and white caravan to get changed in, helpfully equipped with sunscreen and body lotion (and, if you plump for the VIP experience, towels, robes, and some very fetching captain’s hats). There’s even a lock-up box right by the tugs to keep everything in, and a waterproof box on board to keep your phone in when you’re not busy documenting your entire trip.
THE HOT TUG
To be clear, this is not just a hot tub on a boat. This is a hot tub that is a boat. Fresh water’s pumped in for each trip, and heated up to a balmy 38 degrees by the on-board wood stove (which, coincidentally, brings a lovely sauna-like aroma to proceedings). You’re completely in charge of the boat’s engine, so you can explore the waterways at your leisure over the 90 minute experience, and they’ve even got little ice pockets on board to keep the beers cold.
Depending on your starting point, you’ll either be able to chug along Islington’s historic canals, passing picturesque barges, leafy towpaths and under Victorian bridges, or explore Canary Wharf’s glittering skyscrapers, Billingsgate Market and the Giant Robot street food building from an entirely new perspective (a route that’s particularly impressive at night).
And when you’re all towelled off? They’re both perfectly placed for a post tub cool-down – head to Pizza Pilgrims West India Quay for pizzas, spritzes and foosball on a custom 22-player table in their basement games den… or in Islington, head to 69 Colebrooke Row for a taste of Tony Conigliaro’s unconventional cocktails.
After all, it’s important to stay hydrated.
NOTE: The experience costs from £225, and each boat can seat up to 7 – you can also bring some of your own booze on board. You can book a Hot Tug at either their Angel or West India Quay sites right HERE.
Hot Tug | Angel: 16-34 Graham Street, N1 8JX | West India Quay: Off Hertsmere Road, E14 4AL
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