Rub-A-Dub-Dub – HotTug UK

HotTug UK is the first ever wood-fired HotTug company to open up here in England, London.  Tommo and Jack the owners of HotTug UK saw them in Holland and fell in love with them and so with that in mind they had to bring them to London. Each HotTug is hand made in Holland by Frank de Bruijn who is the inventor of the HotTugs.DSCF3006

This has only just popped up and opened a few weeks ago (July 2017) at The Islington Boat Club (Angel the closest tube station).  The HotTug’s 1800 litres of water is kept warm by the wood-fire at 38 degrees so no matter what time of the month it is you will never feel cold and has a quiet electric motor attached giving you a speed of 3 miles per hour. So you can sail comfortably along the Regent’s Canal in Old Street without getting cold and without an annoying loud engine sound. The whole experience lasts 90 minutes (15 minutes tutorial and 75 minutes bathing/sailing).  Each HotTug you can have up to 7 people.  So you can float down the canal and sip on a cold drink or two whilst relaxing in the steaming hot water. There are also toilets, changing rooms and showers on site.


Our journey

Firstly when me and some of my friends of the Love Pop Ups – London community arrived we were firstly briefed on the rules and regulations then it was time for us to get ready and changed for the experience of very unique experience.  Tommo placed all our Fentimans and Umbrella Brewing drinks into the side holding boxes along the side of the HotTug in ice making them a perfect accomplishment to our journey.


The HotTugs water is very warm indeed so the British weather did not matter even if was raining (but thankfully was not). The driver gets to wear a captain’s sailor hat but you can alternate drivers throughout the journey as long as they have not been drinking.  The driving is quite simple to steer as it is just a long pole with left meaning right and right meaning left.


The fiery spicy Umbrella Brewing ginger beer and the lovely bubbly Fentimans drinks certainly helped though keep us cool on our journey from time to time.  To keep us entertained on our 75 minute journey I bought along a plastic duck which I got from one of my stays with Apex Hotel many years back. We also encountered though some real life ducks along the way, some geese and a swan.


We also passed many people’s homes, dog walkers, barges etc which made me feel a bit exposed in a swim costume. I especially felt a bit like a celeb and even more awkward when people started taking photos of us. However my friend Steve the only male amongst us six ladies must of felt even more awkward or perhaps lucky.  This was a great laugh though and most certainly a unique way to sail down the canals of London I won’t be forgetting this trip in a hurry. I hopefully one day will return though as I would like to experience what it would be like in winter for a laugh and to see if the water can really keep us warm in a very cold winters morning or night.




So if you are looking for a great unique experience on the canals of London with friends/family, a special date or for a special event such as a hen party then this is most certainly the best way to do it.


Watch my vlog video here

Plus a thank you to FujiFilm for lending us the Finepix XP120 waterproof camera so we could take the amazing shots and video footage of our boating journey. The camera is smart looking, colourful (bright yellow) and very easy to use so we all ended up taking photos and videos of each other with no issues.  The only downside though for me was that I found the photos sometimes did not always come out well but I think that is due to light and hand shakiness not the camera itself.

For more information on HotTug UK prices and any FAQ questions go to their website here.

Photos in my blog are taken by me and various bloggers of the community of Love Pop Ups – London



  1. rhianwestbury says:

    This is such an unusual activity, I’ve never heard of a hot tug but it sounds awesome. Although I bet it was cold getting out of there at the end x


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