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There are many ways to get around London - the famous red double-decker busses, the bustling tube service or on foot, guided by a trusty A-Z.

However, those looking for an alternative take on the city should consider giving their feet a rest altogether and slipping inside a kayak.

Thames River Adventures gives tourists the chance to do exactly that, offering kayaking tours of London's waterways from Regents Park to Tower Bridge and Hampton Court.

No previous experience of kayaking is required to enjoy the tours, which offer visitors a fun, safe and environmentally-friendly way to see the city's sights.

The organisation says: "Whatever your level - experienced canoeist to kayaking novice - there is a Thames River Adventures trip that will suit you. It's great fun, stress free and surprisingly relaxing and calming."

Customers can request bespoke tours, while there are a number of set routes to choose from as well. Each trip is guided by a member of the Thames River Adventures team who is on hand to provide both kayaking and canoeing advice, as well as cultural information about the sights the tours pass by.

The tour routes have all been designed to give kayakers a chance to see the wildlife of London and discover a new side to the city.

The Regent's Canal route takes kayakers from Regent's Park to London Zoo and along the waterway to Camden Town either early in the morning or late at night as the sun is setting.

Those who take the early morning option get the unique experience of passing London Zoo just as the birds are waking up and animals are releasing their early morning call.

Meanwhile, the Hampton Court tour follows the River Lugg and offers wonderful views of the 15th century mansion house's gardens, which are renowned for their wildlife. Kayakers are recommended to bring their binoculars. It runs three times a day and the midday tour breaks for lunch at a riverside pub.

Finally, the Tower Bridge tour also runs three times a day and follows the tidal times, making it a more challenging route and perhaps the choice for those with more experience.

Most of the tours take between one-and-a-half to two hours.

The bespoke options can last for anything from one day to a week and popular routes in the past have included Oxford to Henley-on-Thames, stopping at Winsor Castle along the way.

Tuition can also be arranged in small groups for those who feel they want to improve their skill level before tackling a full tour.


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