You may remember my last adventure on the Thames in a HotTug? Well, the team behind the HotTug are back with a slightly less wet offering. If donning your swimsuit in Canary Wharf isn’t for you then you might be a little more tempted by their new Skuna BBQ Boats.
Yes, you read that right; a BBQ on a boat, that you can drive yourself down the Thames around the Canary Wharf area.
You take your own food and drink onboard and with up to ten people being allowed on board, it makes for a rather fun, unusual evening! Skuna Boat will provide you with all the essential BBQ equipment but plates, cutlery, napkins and cups are also available for £1 each should you knot want to take your own.
The Skuna Boats team will light your gas BBQ before you set off and give you a short briefing on where you can take your boat so you’re all clued all up. From then on you’re on your own a d cast off into the Thames to enjoy your 1 hour 45-minute time slot.
I took with me a packet of vegan mushroom and leek sausages and two vegetarian aubergine and feta burgers, both picked up from Waitrose, just a short walk away from the meeting point close to East India Quay DLR station. We cooked these to one side of the BBQ as to not touch the meat as I’m not strict with things like that, but if you do have vegans or veggies on board I’d suggest cooking their foodstuff first as the BBQ is fairly small.
The BBQ got to a good cooking temperature really quickly so I was devouring my burger that I had topped with cheese and guacamole, by the time we had reached the end of our first leg of the journey.
We were shocked at how fast the food cooked on the small BBQ, which gave us plenty of time to chill out after eating.
If you’re not driving the boat, you’re welcome to bring a drink or two, as long as you stick within the guidelines for your own safety. We don’t want anyone falling overboard now, do we!?
The whole experience was just so fun; we ate great food, laughed the evening away and caught a very lush sunset which made for a lovely end to our water-filled adventure.
The route you take with the Skuna BBQ Boat is a little shorter than that of the HutTug but it doesn’t take away from your enjoyment at all, as you’re so busy cooking, drinking and busy waving at passers-by that you don’t really need to be going too far!
The BBQ Boats are available to book 7 days a week throughout the year. Each BBQ Boat can host 8 – 10 people and costs from £15 per person for the 1 hour 45 minute experience.