Beautiful Narrowboat Central London - 'Barbara'

Grand Union Canal, United Kingdom

  • 4 Guests
  • Entire boat
  • 2 Reviews


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  • Max 4 people , 1 Cabin

    1 double bed

    Min 1 night / 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 in central London.
    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 dining for four. 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 Molton Brown 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. There's also central heating on board.

    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 to be located in Little Venice, Maida Vale- close to public transport . Please contact host for more info

    • Kitchen
    • WiFi
    • Aircon
    • Smoking allowed
    • CO2 alarm
    • Smoke alarm
    • Laundry
    • Freezer
    • Fridge
    • iPod Dock
    • CD Player/Radio
    • DVD Player
    • TV
    • Heating
    • Shower
    • Toilet
    • Welcome pack
    • Bedding/Towels
    • Walk-on access
    • Electricity 24/7
    • Crew on board
    • Food and drink included
    • Hot tub
    • BBQ
    • Disabled access
    • Additional Cot Hire
    • Dog friendly
    • Kid friendly
    • Free car parking
    • Bar/Restaurant
    • Concierge
    • Walking distance to town
    • Shops
    • WiFi
    • Laundry
    • Shower
    • Toilet
    • Swimming Pool
    • Disabled access
    • BBQ

    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.