Check out the all-new London Boat Show at London’s ExCeL this month.
This year the London Boat Show is set to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. For 5 days from January 10-14 get up close to both global and boutique brands, step aboard the latest luxury yachts and classic boats and get the chance to mix with some well-known sailing legends at London’s ExCeL.
With a whole host of new exhibitors this year there will be over 200 vessels to view, with 43 making their debut, including the Princess V50, Rodman Spirit 42 Coupe and Sports Fisher Boat ECO 1-500, plus the Hanse 348 and Flying Mantis trimaran.
Now in its 64th year, 2018’s new 5-day format is set to attract a new and broader audience than ever before, although there are also many returning exhibitors including the world-renowned Sunseeker International who will be showing a selection of their luxury motor yacht range. New sign-ups for this January include Andark, Hobie Cat, Sail Ionian and Arba Nautika.
Held at London’s ExCeL since 2004, the setting on the northern quay of the Royal Victoria Dock in London’s Docklands is apt, and offers quick access from London City Airport, plus an easy journey to the City and central London. The vast space includes a family-friendly beach club and activity pool run by Rockley, offering the chance to try a range of sports and activities including stand up paddle boarding, canoeing and sailing. For the adult enthusiasts be sure to catch the Yachts and Yachting Awards, hosted by Chelsea Publications on Thursday January 11 from 5pm.
As well as the stunning boats to explore on the boardwalks there will be lots on offer including the Lock & Waterside Pub, the Practical Boat Owner Theatre, the Legends Theatre, plus the show’s signature Black & White Bar and the new Yachtsman’s Champagne Bar for a suitably indulgent tipple. The Legends Theatre will this year welcome YouTube’s most famous sailing couple, Elayna Carausu and Riley Whitelum, whose 350,000 followers have witnessed many of the 41,000 nautical miles the Australian couple have navigated since late 2014.
For a base to stay close to the event space Four Seasons’ recently launched London at Ten Trinity Square is an excellent option, set in the heart of the City in a stunning landmark building which boasts breathtaking views of Tower Bridge. The building’s history is also fitting for a visit to the boat show since this Beaux Arts beauty, designed by Sir Edwin Cooper, was previously the headquarters of the Port of London Authority. For a sensational bite to eat away from the classic Four Seasons’ hospitality venture a short way to Aldgate and try Treves & Hyde on Leman Street, which Jay Rayner named a highlight of 2017 – and whose lemon tart had him singing its praises.
Whether it’s getting to spy the latest luxury vessels hitting the market, ogling the sleek lines of classic beauties, the chance to learn from yachting legends or to get some much-needed mid-winter inspiration on where best to next take to the water make sure you book your tickets now to what looks to be London’s most exciting boat show to date.
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