close launches new floating boutique hotel in London


Chic interiors website has opened a new barge-turned-hotel called the Boathouse London.

The canal boat, which is moored in London’s first floating park near Little Venice, is a 60-foot widebeam barge, with a design inspired by Scandinavian living created by designer Kate Hanton.

The new space comes with one bedroom, a kitchen, bathroom with tub and rooftop deck.

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Design features include claimed wood panelling, grey sofa, marble-top surfaces, copper lights and Egyptian cotton sheets.

Guests are also encouraged to borrow the boat’s on-board bikes, hire a skipper to venture out on the canal or bring in a private chef to take over the kitchen. The space can also be hired for events, such as brunches, yoga classes and film screenings.

A complimentary Daylesford hamper is also on offer to every guest upon arrival.

The Boathouse was created in partnership with, with the plan to now establish other floating houseboat hotels in other parts of Europe.

The Boathouse founder and CEO Cara Louise Furby, grew up in a family that renovated and sold houseboats. She says: “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. We’re incredibly excited to see how far we can take the project.”

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