What kind of traveler are you? Do you turn your nose up at touristy activities, preferring to explore hidden corners so far off the map that they’re not even on the map?
Well, put that mindset aside for a minute (30 minutes, if you can spare them), because paddle-boating in Regent’s Park is both undeniably touristy and ridiculously fun. There’s a handle in the middle for steering, and the rest is as easy as biking on water—easier, in fact, as balance isn’t involved. It took us awhile to spot the steering handle (think an embarrassing amount of backward peddling and out-loud are we moving? wondering), but we quickly got the hang of it, and sped off at a brisk clip of 2 mph.
(See, you can’t do that on a bike. You’d fall over.)
We raced past islets filled with flowering trees, Londoners out for their morning walks, and a million flocks of birds (if you are scared of birds, I don’t necessarily recommend this, as you will spend the entire time screaming). Just before docking, we coasted to a stop in the middle of the lake, drifting and enjoying the day.
Find rates & hours here, and if you arrive before noon as we did, there’s even an early-bird special, which I’m beginning to think is their idea of a joke. Birds.