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We are uniquely positioned on the river Lea to allow members, pay-and-play guests, schools, youth and community groups direct access to the water on kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards or even a leisurely cruise on our canal boat. Supported by the British Canoeing (the national governing body) we have professional qualified experienced coaches who can support all levels of ability to safely enjoy, learn and enhance skills in paddlesports.
Our fleet of craft caters for all abilities. You can experience all paddlesport disciplines including: flat water stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing; touring; whitewater kayaking and flat-water racing. We also offer day trips away and multi-day adventures.
All our paddle sports activities are open to the general public and individuals who can come along and have a pay and play or taster session.

Individuals, families, schools, private or corporate groups can book:

  • A one off – you want to get fit, try a new sport, meet new people, the sun’s out and the water looks inviting?
  • Why not join us on a taster session, pay and play session or group event
  • Regular sessions for members. We have a fantastic, good value membership club for adults and young people.
  • For schools and youth providers we offer sessions throughout term time.
  • A holiday scheme for kids.
  • Enrol on personal performance awards and professional courses
  • A bespoke tailored activities to suit individual or group/team needs – send us an enquiry
  • Or join us on one of flat paddle tours or courses. You can find our more and book here.

Come join us on for a paddle on in a beautiful setting on the banks of the River Lea. We border the Lee Valley Regional Park and are close to Walthamstow Wetlands, Walthamstow Marshes, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Limehouse Basin.

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Why Choose Leaside’s for your London Paddlesport?

Expert Guides

Our team consists of experienced, certified paddlesport instructors passionate about sharing their love for the sport. We are a certified British Canoeing Quality Club. That award recognises the quality of the services we provide. It assures you and us that we have been assessed independently as providing expert safety, operating procedures and customer service. Our team will ensure your safety, provide valuable tips, and make your experience unforgettable, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned paddler.

See London from the Water

Our experienced guides know many fantastic routes either from our beautiful centre on the River Lea or on one of our many trips showcasing Hackney and London’s best scenery. Every paddle promises a unique view, from the peaceful serenity of the River Lea to the Tidal Paddle on the Thames.

Quality Equipment

We believe in providing top-quality equipment to enhance your paddling experience. Our relatively new fleet are selected for stability and comfort to ensure a smooth paddle as you explore London’s waterways.

Tailored Experiences

We cater to diverse groups and occasions with our all our adventures. Whether it’s an exciting outing for a large group of kids, a family day out, or a team-building event, we have the experience.

Environmental Stewardship

We’re committed to preserving the beauty of London’s waterways. Our eco-friendly practices ensure we leave no trace behind, allowing future generations to enjoy these extraordinary landscapes.
Leaside has a long-standing history within the paddling community and its national governing body, British Canoeing. We have been at the forefront of introducing Londoners to this unique and exciting sport. A significant number of our members have progressed into competition and have excelled at local, national and international performance levels. A vast number of our members used the skills that they have been taught to gaining professional qualifications utilising those either by volunteering or to successfully seek employment within the outdoor industry.