Love boats?
Love canals?
Love hot tugs?
Love BBQ’s?
Love canals?
Then you’ll love Skuna boats.

Skuna used to be known as HotTug now they have changed their name to reflect from where they originally saw the HotTugs in Denmark.

Skuna HotTugs

With the Skuna HotTTug boat being so close and down in the water it makes you literally feel at one with the surroundings according to Frank. There is 1800 litres in the tug and is kept hot at 38 degrees Celsius 100 degrees F) via a underwater wood burning stove.  The tug is constructed from wood and fitted with glass-fibre reinforced polyester. The stove is made of stainless steel and has a double-walled pipe. The Skuna HotTug is powered by a built-in electric motor making it very quiet and reaching a speed of 3 mph.

The Skuna HotTug is a unique 90 minute experience (75 minutes on the water) that you can ever have in London whilst sailing the London waters within a swim costume whilst having fun with friends (holds 7 people) and drinking drink within a limit of course and the driver has to remain sober.

They are located in two different locations:

  • Angel
  • West India Quay/Canary Wharf

To book the HotTug click here.

BBQ Boat

They now have have BBQ Boats which can be hired for 1hr 45 minutes out on the water. Their BBQ Boats can hold groups of up to 10 people. All you need to do is bring is your food and drink (plus for those warmer days, your sun cream!). They provide you with all the essential BBQ equipment (plates, cutlery, napkins and cups are also available for £1 pp).

The BBQ boat is perfect for birthday celebrations, corporate events, family days out or just a fun get together with friends, our BBQ boats operate 7 days a week, daytime and evening, from the historic West India Quay dock at Canary Wharf. All from only £15 per person.

To book the BBQ Boat click here.

Thanks to Skuna for letting me and some other community members of Love Pop Ups London come down over numerous dates to experience both their HotTug and BBQ Boats. 

Discover more and read our write ups….

“The HotTugs water is very warm indeed so the British weather did not matter even if was raining (but thankfully was not).”
HotTug August 2017

Joanne of Love Pop Ups London blog HotTug August 2017 post, HotTug August 2018

“Hot Tug is the first of its kind to bring to the canals of London the world first wood fired floating hot tub.”
HotTug August 2017

Joice blog post

“I enjoyed my Hot Tug experience very much, and when we got out of the tub the wind had arrived; we certainly made a dash to the changing room.” 
HotTug August 2017

ViVian blog post

I am often amazed at how infrequently the canals of London (e.g. Regents and Islington) are visited by the London locals and on discovering them myself only a few years ago I LOVE to take visiting friends on walks down them. The barges are beautiful and the views stunning on a sunny day. I have always fancied the canal rides however never managed to go. Sooooo on hearing about a tug fill with lovely warm water, pootling up and down Islington canal I couldn’t miss the chance.
It was an unreal start to the morning, in beautiful warm clean water, heated by a lovely smelling wood burning stove which keeps it warm for the 90 minute journey. Sunk so low in the water that it feels like water will pour over the sides (it doesn’t) and like you could touch the swans and geese swimming past (don’t). We were also able to try some of Fentimans lovely new alcoholic drinks (a particular favourite was the Bloom Gin and rose lemonade) however there must be a designated driver who remains sober (and gets to wear a captain hat!).
Originally invented in Rotterdam, Tommo and Jack have recently brought it to London’s canal routes and at only 4 weeks old HotTug in London is doing well with over 50 successful trips up and down the canal. The route is short but it is perfect for moseying along (max 3mph, powered by an electric motor) with drinks, catching up with friends.
Currently situated at the Islington boat house there are 2 Hot Tugs available to hire at a pricey £200 for 90 minutes. There are facilities to shower and change however these are fairly basic. Although it sounds quite expensive it fits up to 7 people and is the perfect celebration outing for birthdays etc.
A huge thank you to Love London Pop Ups, for inviting me, and Tommo for his welcoming, friendly self – a huge congrats for bringing such a unique experience to London, I wish them every success.
HotTug August 2017

Regina…. carry on


I had so much fun cruising down the canals in a Hot Tub. That’s right this is one not to be missed, with water heated to 38 degrees you can float down the canal in your swim suit.
August 2017


On board, we settled into our spots and took in the canal view which surrounded us.
August 2017

Roaming Required blog post

A short walk from Canary Wharf station I found a tent set up a two hot tugs docked.
August 2018

Steve blog post

We had such a fantastic laugh, from the minute we all met up and were discussing how the rain had better stop for our trip, which it did, to the minute we disembarked and all went back out into the real world. We all felt like celebrities as the crowds outside the pubs and restaurants waved down at us, asked questions and took plenty of photos.

August 2018

Squibbvicious blog post

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  1. Elaine Chapman says:

    Great evening in Canary Wharf. A novel way to socialise with friends or work colleagues.

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