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  • Beautiful Narrowboat Central London - 'Barbara'

    Grand Union Canal, United Kingdom

    • 4 Guests
    • Entire boat
    • 8 Reviews


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  • Max 4 people , 1 Cabin

    1 double bed

    Min 2 nights / Max 14 nights
    Check in 2 p.m. / Check out 11 a.m.


    Stay on a boat in Little Venice, United Kingdom.

    Beautiful 57 ft narrow boat available on a privtae central London mooring.
    One master small double bed. One sofa bed.
    Fully fitted kitchen, gas hob and oven. Log fired stove plus separate central heating. Bathroom with shower. Real luxury on the waterways...


    The accommodation is beautifully designed and has recently been refurbished throughout. It comprises a small double master bed, and a sofa bed for additional guests. Barbara is perfect for a couple, or would be great for a familiar friends looking for an alternative, fun holiday.

    The living area comprises a lounge seating area, and diner. There is a modern kitchen, with a gas oven and hob, a good size fridge with freezer compartment, a sink and draining board, cupboards and drawers housing all the usual kitchen equipment.

    The bathroom has a shower and a pump out toilet. We provide all towels and toiletries.


    Water is held in a tank on-board and needs topping up every few days (depending on your usage). This will be done by your host.
    In the winter months heating is by the solid fuel stove which burns a combination of smokeless coal and logs which are provided. The stove can be controlled and kept going 24 hours but you need to allow for this in your daily loading stove before going out and a little attention on your return. It keeps the boat warm and cosy. An eco fan assists circulation.

    Living on board is not quite like a conventional house and needs an understanding and patience- it may therefore not be for everyone. Power is supplied from batteries which means appliances that we take for granted such a hair dryers can run the power supply down very quickly.

    Essentially, power isn't on tap as we're used to in our homes.
    If the power runs down the engine will need to be started to charge up the batteries. If there are any problems the host will be on call to assist.

    The Area

    The peaceful boulevards of Maida Vale seem to belong in a different, less crowded city than the rest of London. If you've ever heard of the Beatles, you know about Abbey Road, home to the most famous zebra crossing in the world.

    What's special about this boat

    Barbara is truly one-of-a-kind, and has an independent attitude and a great attention to detail. Our clientele is individualistic, too. The barge is finished with high-quality materials and quirky and antique touches to create a memorable experience.

    We always take time to choose the finest linens and organic toiletries which contribute to an atmosphere of comfort and luxury. All barges Barbara and Morning Velvet are provided with the latest technology, offbeat decorative elements, and an independent spirit.

    The canal is an incredible part of British history and a hidden gem in Central London. Please come and share the experience and see another side to London- a quiet oasis in this amazing city.

    Grand Union Canal

    Delamere Terrace
    Little Venice

    About the marina/waterway Barbara is not on permanent mooring so will be moving every two weeks. We would like to offer guests location in West London, Portabello/ Ladbroke Grove, and Kings Cross St Pancras. Where possible we will attempt to locate the boat in the guests preferred location. Please contact the host to discuss

    • Offers trips/charters (skippered)
    • Cooker (cooking allowed)
    • Coffee machine
    • Microwave
    • WiFi
    • Aircon
    • Smoking allowed
    • CO2 alarm
    • Smoke alarm
    • Laundry
    • Fridge
    • Freezer
    • iPod Dock
    • CD Player/Radio
    • DVD Player
    • TV
    • Heating
    • Shower
    • Toilet
    • Welcome pack
    • Bedding/Towels
    • Electricity 24/7
    • Walk-on access
    • Crew on board
    • Food and drink included
    • Hot tub
    • BBQ
    • Additional Cot Hire
    • Dog friendly
    • Kid friendly
    • Disabled access
    • Free car parking
    • Bar/Restaurant
    • Concierge
    • Walking distance to town
    • Shops
    • WiFi
    • Laundry
    • Shower
    • Toilet
    • Swimming Pool
    • Disabled access
    • BBQ
    • Paddlesports hire
    • Boat hire
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    Overall Rating:

    Barbara la Belle

    March 21, 2017

    I enjoyed our 2 day stay at the boat very much. There boat is perfect equipped with all one needs. The location at little Venice is very romantic, well connected and quiet. And last not least Sam is a wonderful host. I like to recommend Barbara highly. Best Monika

    Fantastic stay

    June 24, 2017

    We stayed 2 nights on Barbara to celebrate my husband's birthday. She is in a perfect location with many local bars and restaurants close by but we chose to eat on deck and loved watching river life both human and birds! The boat is beautiful and Sam the owner could not have been more helpful and kind.


    Feb. 11, 2018

    fabolous location,everything you may possibly need on board, easy logistics for getting in/ added magic of staying afloat.highly recommended.10 of 10. thank you Sam.

    Fabulous Location

    May 17, 2018

    Lovely stay on this sweet narrowboat. Perfect location. The only drawback for me was the fact one cannot use a hairdryer and the Maserator toilet will not take toilet tissue. Sam was very helpful and the dongle meant we could watch tv on my iPad with only some buffering from time to time.

    Extremely dissapointed

    May 28, 2018

    As soon as we got to the boat I was dissapointed. The boat looked unloved, Windows filthy, one of the chairs on the front of the boat broken. Inside we fared no better. Fire had not been cleaned out since last visitor (charged large amount for cleaning cost), fire glass not cleaned, cushion stained on sofa,no bedding for sofa bed although I had asked for it beforehand (eventually found sheet but no duvet),ornaments and shelves black with dust,, fish in freezer (not great when you are vegan)' shower door didn't close and grouting black and mouldy,, toilet nearly full and told to put paper in bin not loo, lock on back entrance takes ages to open/close, despite stating all mod cons and technology, told can't use telly, no radio or anything. 1000 watt inverter that is no way near big enough hence told had to turn it off at night! So couldn't use lights or anything at night. As couple who live on a boat this was very poor service, inverter should be bigger, toilet empty and no reason toilet paper can't go down it. No TV?! This is not a boutique boat. I had booked it as a surprise for my partner and was extremely embarrassed. I immediately told the owner the boat smelt and was dirty, she replied we were early (40 mins?) and that she couldn't smell anything.

    Excellent stay, 4 people, 2 nights in London

    Aug. 16, 2018

    Booked 2 nights on Sam's boat for 3 days in London to be able to take friends visiting from Canada around the sights with ease, the boat was booked months in advance a few week I was notified that the boat needed emergency repairs but Sam offered the use of another boat which was better, Sam was at the arranged meeting place on time and went through the details onboard, this was an excellent experience for any tourists visiting London, much more unusual than a hotel, and worked out cheaper than 2 hotel rooms, the evenings on board were also much better than a hotel room, couple of bottles of wine and nibbles made for a great evening. Would highly recommend staying on one of Sams boats if you are visiting London.

    A weekend away without going away!

    Aug. 20, 2018

    LOVED this little boat and weekend away (we live in London but wanted to do something without getting on another plane!). The boat is perfect and completely decked out (no pun intended) and spacious! It's in a great spot in the middle of little Venice with restaurants and bars and shops all very close! We wanted for nothing while on the boat! We'd definitely recommend this boat for a weekend when looking for something a little different and fun! Thanks again to Sam and Hatam who were great as well and gave loads of tips for the area.

    Fantastic last minute stay

    Nov. 8, 2018

    Me and my girlfriend spent two nights on Barbara. Had a great stay with everything meeting or exceeding our expectations. Sam was great at arranging a very last minute booking and communicating with us. Would definitely recommend to anyone!