With the magnificent Thames River flowing through the heart of the city, watersports are a frequent form of recreation and entertainment for Londoners. Totally Sporty has independently researched the top watersports and ranked the best by region to help all locals find the best places to sail, row and windsurf at the clubs closest to them.
Queen Mary Sailing Club—West of London
Queen Mary Sailing Club is situated just toutside of London to the west on 700 acres of water, including the largest reservoir in west London.
The club is active and offers a wide range of facilities and opportunities for sailors, powerboaters and windsurfers alike. Queen Mary Sailing Club welcomes all standards from beginner to top racers.
London Regatta Centre—Central London
London Regatta Centre is a state-of-the-art rowing centre in the heart of London located on the west end of the Royal Albert Dock directly opposite London City Airport.
The centre boasts a 2,000 metre course with seven lanes plus a return lane. Among the centre's other facilities is a rowing tank.
The centre is easily accessible from the Underground—it is a two-minute walk from Royal Albert Docklands Light Railway station.
Queen Mary University, the University of London Boat Club, St Bartholomew's and the London Hospitals' Boat Club are all based at the Regatta Centre.
Royal Victoria Dock Watersports Centre—East London
Get on board for some family fun at the Royal Victoria Dock Watersports Centre! The Royal Victoria Dock Watersports Centre provides opportunities for people of all abilities to participate safely in a variety of water-based activities.
The Royal Victoria Dock Watersports Centre is a recognised Royal Yachting Association (RYA), Outdoor Adventure Activities, and British Canoe Union (BCU) as a certified aquatics teaching establishment and approved centre. The centre runs a number of national schemes and courses, both in sailing and canoeing, that lead to qualifications, as well as a variety of sessions just for fun.
Activities on offer include:
* Powerboat instruction
* Raft building
* Corporate events and team building
Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre—East London
The Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre was opened in 1989, funded by the London Docklands Development Corporation and the Sports Council at a cost of £1.2 million with the aim of providing recreational water activities for all sections of the community living and working in the local area.
The Centre is based in an award-winning, purpose-built facility, split over two floors with great views from the upstairs bar over the dock, and wet facilities downstairs. One of the centre’s features is the up-and-coming sport of dragonboat racing.
Activities on offer include:
* Dragonboat racing
Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre is located at the west end of Millwall outer dock, on the Isle of Dogs in London.
Surrey Docks Watersports Centre—Southwest London
Following a £2.93 million redevelopment, Surrey Docks Watersports Centre offers the local community fantastic new modern facilities and activities including state-of-the-art gym and exercise studios. The sports centre has just been completely redeveloped.
Surrey Docks still operates the watersports activities of sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and much more. The centre is accredited by Royal Yachting Association and British Canoe Union for all watersports.
This centre is provided by Southwark Council, in partnership with Fusion, a highly experienced sports and leisure organisation.
Welsh Harp Brent Reservoir—Northwest London
Welsh Harp Brent Reservoir, located in the London Boroughs of Brent and Barnet is ideal for sailing, windsurfing and other watersports. The area covers 170 hectare of open water, marshes, trees and grassland, less than 10 miles from the centre of London.
The reservoir is a designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Reservoir provides a valuable habitat for wildlife and an attractive recreational centre.