London holidays withdrawn for 2016

Regrettably, following lengthy discussions between the operator of the base and Black Prince Holidays, it has been decided to recall all of our existing boats from the London base.

This means that we will not be offering any canal boat holidays from Willowtree Marina for 2016.

There are various reasons for this, including not being able to navigate on the Lower Tidal Thames due to revised guidance from the Port of London Authority on new licensing and structural build requirements, being able to ensure we have the right maintenance support in the busy London area, the age of the fleet stationed there, and to ongoing challenges with mooring and congestion across the waterways of London.

Black Prince have enjoyed operating in London for a number of years now and will continue to explore a number of potential opportunities with Willowtree Marina with an eye on the near future.

In the short term, this change will allow us to focus on our nine other locations across England, Scotland and Wales and continue to offer the very best canal boat holiday experience.

5 replies
  1. Paul Muller
    Paul Muller says:

    We are sorry to hear that your London base is no longer operating . We have had such a great voyage on canal boats with Black prince previously and were planning a Thames trip in 2017 . Coming from New Zealand we have all sorts of magical tourist adventures available to us , but nothing can match Old Blightie with its centuries of history ! We hope to book the next best thing soon ….Let us know if you can come good with your London hire Regards Paul Muller

  2. Brian Shaw
    Brian Shaw says:

    We, too, had hoped to book a BP boat out of London in 2017 (our 6th hire from you). Be sure to let us know if anything changes for 2017.

    • Joanne Taylor
      Joanne Taylor says:

      Always come back and check here for more news Brian, or is you sign up to our e-newsletter we’ll email you with the latest news when we have it. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!

  3. Stuart Downie
    Stuart Downie says:

    Hi, I’m sad to hear this as it was so convenient and we wanted for March 2017. I have registered to be kept up to date on sales of the boats as I would like to purchase a 4 berth Duchess 58ft with 2 separate back bunks and do some mods like, stove in saloon, L shaped dinette, double bed extension. As I live in Aus, and after crunching a lot of numbers it makes sense to syndicate the boat with other International like minded people. If you have anyone interested in this and like the BP used boats please let them know of my idea and look at the website


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