Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Take Me to Little Venice ... and Stick Your Oar in; Water Way: One of the Water Taxis in Little Venice. Passengers Can Travel to Destinations Including Hayes and Hackney Wick

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Take Me to Little Venice ... and Stick Your Oar in; Water Way: One of the Water Taxis in Little Venice. Passengers Can Travel to Destinations Including Hayes and Hackney Wick

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Byline: AMAR SINGH

LONDON'S first canal taxi service starts this weekend.

A fleet of 10 paddle-powered vessels have been licensed by British Waterways to operate on the Regent's Canal and Grand Union Canal.

But with a top speed of just 4mph the boats are perhaps more suitable for a leisurely outing than a viable alternative for commuters.

The service can take passengers anywhere from Lisson Grove to Camden Lock, Victoria Park to Hackney Wick, or Little Venice to Hayes in Middlesex.

A passenger can book the water taxis online and will get either a two-seater canoe or kayak. Prices will be about ?50 an hour and the kayak-taxi offers short paddle-powered journeys and longer tours. They will run seven days a week from April to October.

Thames River Adventures director Danny Gillard said: "The canal system is a real hidden gem, there's fantastic architecture, wildlife and unusual views of the city.

"Our guides are British Canoe Union qualified instructors and if passengers want to have a go themselves, we are happy to teach them. …

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