Laburnum Boat Club

What’s the best way of getting around Hackney? Instead of taking the bus, you could always try a kayak! Laburnum Boat Club is a community project that gives young people a chance to burn off energy and make friends while trying out water-based activities on the canal. As well as kayaking, you can go canoeing and narrowboating. And if you’d rather stay on dry land, there are games, art activities and a climbing wall.

Where is it?

Laburnum Street, London E2 8BH (next to Regent's Canal)
E2 8BA
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Good to know

Activities are for local young people and their families, with a busy Youth Club for 9–19 year olds and a Family Club for parents and children of any age. The club is open to all with full wheelchair access and accessible showers and loos.

Wow fact

Twister is a fun game – but it’s even better if you play it on a raft in the middle of a canal. As long as you don’t mind getting wet, that is.

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Things to do

- Splash about on a kayak or canoe.
- Take a trip up the canal in a narrowboat.
- Play ping pong or aeroball.
- Learn rock-climbing.
- Make new friends and have a laugh.

What we did: Year 1 Elder, Rushmore Primary School

Year 1 Elder class loved their end of year trip! Together they steered the Laburnum narrowboats to Victoria Park for fun play and a splash in the paddling pools. 

What we did: Year 5 Sycamore, Rushmore Primary School

Skipper Rose took us all on an amazing journey on a narrowboat. We went all the way from Hackney through Islington to Kings Cross. On the journey we chugged through pitch-black tunnels, took photos of cool graffiti and saw plenty of ducks. We also got to open the locks and steer the boat, which was awesome. We made a documentary film about our journey, with help from filmmaker Christine. Check it out!