Central London Designer Canal Oasis

Boat - Entire home/apt · Blomfield Road, London, W9 2PD, United Kingdom

The Space

Central London Boat Home Adventure!


Ambience, Amenities, Accessibility to Attractions, Attention & Care…


Welcome to London and if you want to truly have a unique experience, welcome to Boathome LiLa!

Just 7 mins walk from Heathrow express platform @ Paddington makes Boathome LiLa a perfect pad to explore London from.

Whether it is James Bond-style hidden doorways or galleys worthy of Gordon Ramsay, this 'Boat-Home' embodies the saying: "imagination is the key to creating the perfect living space…"

Here is useful information that we hope, will fully enable you to immerse yourself and make the most of this unique canal-cultured water-garden oasis in the Centre of cosmopolitan London (where Richard Branson’s canal boat also lives!)
-We are housed at the junction of the ancient Grand Union Canal, where the waterways are the oldest form of transport in England dating back to the 16th century, way before roads as we know them, railways & air-travel….

-… and Boat Lila is nestled in the oldest living part of this historic location… underneath our ancient 150ft.. 300+ year old lime tree

-Boat Lila is an innovative post-modern expression of a traditional English Narrow canal-boat where “Less is More, where indeed less even transcends more!"

-Our home is set amidst the Lilliputian culture of Narrow Boat - where the history of that culture still thrives. We encourage and look forward to hosting guests who are open-minded & sensitive to experiencing this unique culture, which is different, yet rich in many respects from living on land in apartments or houses!

1. In the words of our Guests…

Ambience & Adventure:

“We have travelled many times to London, staying in hotels, b&b's and rental flats. In fact, we have rented flats throughout the world. Our week on Lila was by far the most enjoyable and meaningful of any of the places we have stayed.”

“Thank you for letting us into your special world”

“Looking up through the skylight while in bed and seeing the lovely tree and the sky was very peaceful”

“This clearly was a home full of all the right things and you felt it wherever you looked and touched”

Guest Care:

“You guys are the best”

“…the most important element of our stay on the houseboat was the strong presence of Darshi, Divya and the family”

Brief Description:

“The houseboat is very well equipped with all the amenities you would expect for comfortable daily living”

“It was a real cold spell when in London and the boat was always toasty and dry. The tub with jets was very comforting after a cold day in the city as well”


“Best of all was being on the boat in this true oasis in the middle of the city.”

“The location is superb-quiet/secluded neighbourhood yet very close to two tube stations and a short walk to great shopping and eating streets”

“Great location on the Regent's Canal-we rented bikes and rode down to the Thames one day-great adventure”

2. Our Description

Externally, the 61 ft long narrow boat is not that different from many narrow-boats, except for the striking, almost fluorescent, lime paint scheme plus the absence of a forward cockpit. It is once you step inside that the boat becomes something very different indeed.

We're renting the entire boat,situated in prestigious, unique Little Venice, a tree-lined quiet exclusive private boating community (i.e. our boat is NOT on the towpath)… AND you will have exclusive use of adjacent designer garden... which forms part of the mooring…Enjoy living in the serene green watery space besides the multi-million mansions of the Rothschilds... where Richard Branson's boat is a neighbour

By virtue of 'smart-design', Boat Lila embodies the phrase 'less simply becomes much more'

Key features:

• 2-3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms (one with Jacuzzi!), 2 Skylights, Open Kitchen with Dining stools, Separate 6 seater Dinette in the bow as well as Fridge, Freezer, Microwave, Oven, Water Purifier, WiFi, Outdoor Hot Tub, Outdoor 2 seater swing in Adjacent Garden for private use!

• There is a Skylight in the living room to lie in the hammock, couch or on centrally-heated floor with side radiator panels, looking up at the sky, stars & ancient 300 year old lime tree :-)

• Spacious master bedroom with king-size bed & Skylight above the bed allowing to look up the tree & stars… very calming & romantic!

• Main bathroom has his & hers basins and a deep-soaking Japanese style bath with inbuilt jacuzzi function including multi-light therapy functioning and rain shower…

• 2nd part of the boat, especially built for independent living with 5 bunks, the bottom 3 of which can convert into a super-kingsize bed while retaining the 2 single bunk beds and ample wardrobe storage.

• The lower berths are not raised up too much, so there is ample headroom to stop the occupants hitting their heads.

• There is a separate second loo adjoining the second bedroom.

• This is a self-contained wet room, with a macerator loo (containing a bidet, like the main toilet)

• There is rain shower + hand shower fitting pulls out from the sink and water drains away through the hard-wood walnut floor into a stainless steel tray.

• On the rear deck, the hard-wood walnut deck boards continue the theme from inside the boat

• Throughout the boat, lighting is by dimmable LED units which have multiple switches, giving great control.

• Combinations of under gunwale and roof lighting, plus the reflective nature of the stainless steel galley, give a very crisp feel to the interior.

• Other features include, Stainless steel galley, Innovative bathroom designs and

• Ample storage & open space

• Adjacent to the boat is a 60ft long X 20 ft wide garden space for Private use! The grass deck is great for kids/sitting/ exercise/yoga etc… alongside the grass garden are also:

• Outside wood fired Pizza oven

• Outdoor hot tub

• Outdoor Double-Seater Comfort Swing which is delightful amidst sunshine and blue skies or on a starry night!

3. Location, Attractions & Famous Residents

• Our boat-home is by the Grand Union Canal, which dates back to the 1700's & is the oldest form of transport pre-dating rail, roads & air as we know them… Situated alongside a peaceful residential area, our location carries the dual ‘wow’ factor by being close to popular London tourist attractions, while being in a world of its own

• We list out some of those in-the-immediate-area attractions below (e.g. Canalside Theatre, Portobello Market, Regent’s Park, etc)

• Our personal favourite off-the-beaten-track day trip, and one of the most soothing and attractive walking / cycling / boating routes in London is along the Jubilee Greenway from our boat-home, passing through the built-up and residential Little Venice, viewing rear facades of fine buildings, landscaping down to the canal, going past the royal Regent’s Park & famed London Zoo, heading to the top of Primrose Hill while pausing for a breath-taking view of the London skyline alongwith picnic lunch, then going back on our canal route, packed with interest, changing tone from one bridge to the next, leading from serene residential areas to the exciting atmosphere of vibrant and quirky Camden Lock Market… we start with intriguingly alternative shops for antique furniture and rustic London memorabilia to clothes at the Stables Market, experiencing the punk vibe that characterises most shops along Camden High Street, to the famed leather goods markets also on Camden High Street… as we amble through a world of vintage clothes shops, astrologers and art galleries, the aromas of global street food draw us to the farmer’s food market, and we either go local and munch on some of the market’s delicious home-made delights or walk through intricately carved woodworks at Gilgamesh to savour Pan-Asian fine dining and famed cocktails! The perfect night out ends (email hidden) gig at the world-famous Barfly – frequented by Coldplay and Amy Winehouse or a concert at the world-reknowned Roundhouse before heading back home along the canal or taking a night bus that stops at a 5 min walking distance from toasty boat-home Lila where the cozy bed awaits under gleaming starts and the peaceful dance of tree leaves to the moon-lit breeze :-)

• For the more popular London attractions, we highly recommend our personal favourite all-day “Circular Super-Tour of London” from our boat-home! We walk or cycle from the boat through Hyde Park, to Wellington Arch, into Green Park, to (see the Queen & the changing of the guards at) Buckingham Palace, down the Mall along St. James’ Park, to Trafalgar Square (and maybe popping by Piccadilly Circus to say hi to Anteros), looking up at the Horse Guards, strolling by the Prime Minister’s pad at No. 10 Downing Street, to the church of all the coronations of England’s kings and queens – Westminster Abbey – to the Houses of Parliament next door, and then across the mighty Thames into the London Aquarium and up on the wheel of The London Eye, and then continuing all along the south bank of the Thames from the Royal Festival Hall to Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Borough Market, and then crossing the Millenium Bridge into the square mile of the financial City of London, to attend the marvel of an evensong under the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral… or a play / musical at the Barbican before catching a tube directly back home to Paddington for a well-deserved long soak in the heavenly hot tub … :-)

And here are some of the attractions in the immediate vicinity:

• Canal-side theatre at the Bridge House Pub immediately opposite,

• Punch & Judy shows from a nearby boat for adults of all ages…

• London's most famous garden nursery & cafe, Clifton Nurseries is just around the corner (3min)

• Great biking & walking along the canal towpath for hundreds of miles! ;-)

• Taking quaint water-buses or kayaks to the scintillating market & attractions of Camden Lock, Regent’s Park, London Zoo (20 min)

• Several parks nearby, including the Little Venice…

• Trendy WaterWays pub on the canal (3min walk)

• The Waterside Cafe, a maroon canalboat (2min walk)…

• The famous & elegant Summer House restaurant is next door (2min walk)

• Canalway Cavalcade Carnival in May & the famous Notting Hill Carnival in August (20min walk away)

• Catching the quirky vibe of the famous Portobello Market (20 min walk along the canal)

• The West End, famous for musicals, broadway, shopping, restaurants and night-life is 20 min by tube

• Shopping Haven on Oxford Circus & World Famous Selfridges are 15 and 20 min away by tube respectively

• Enjoying a pint or two and great food around the corner at the Warwick Castle Pub (2 min walk), and in a plethora of hip & trendy and other diverse pubs, restaurants & nightclubs in Notting Hill, Bayswater & Queensway, etc (5-15 mins walk)

• Running, roller-blading, cycling, boating or horse-riding in Hyde Park, Central London’s largest green space hosting the late Princess Diana’s home at Kensington Palace, the Kensington Gardens, the waterways of the Serpentine, Speakers’ Corner, various outdoor art installations / sculptures & the Serpentine Gallery (30 min walk or 20 min bus / cycle ride away), as well as visiting the nearby Royal Albert Hall for the music enthusiasts, shopping attractions of High Street Kensington, the V&A, Natural History and Science museums (20-25 min bus ride away)

4. Multiple Transport Links

• Airways:
- Heathrow Airport is a door-to-door 15 minutes journey by Heathrow Express into Paddington plus a 7 min walk away i.e total approx. 25 min

• Tubes:
- Warwick Avenue (4 min walk)
- Royal Oak (5 min walk)
- Paddington (7 min walk – use Grand Union exit)
- Bayswater (10 min walk)
- Queensway (15 min walk)
- Notting Hill (20 min walk)

• Trains:
- Paddington (7 min walk) for the Heathrow Express and other mainline cross-country trains
- King’s Cross & St. Pancras Intl (20 min by tube) for Eurostar connections with Paris, Brussels, etc.
- London Victoria (20-25 min by tube)

• Buses:
- (phone number hidden) from Warwick Avenue (4 min walk)
- 18 from Royal Oak (5 mins walk)
- 23, 27 Westbourne Grove (10 mins walk)

• Convenience stores
- Sainsbury's: (5min walk) 12A, Sheldon Square, London W2 6EZ
- Waitrose: (7 min walk) The Colonnades, 30 Porchester Road, W2 6ES
- Marks & Spencers: (10 min walk) Whiteleys, 151 Queensway, W2 4YT
- Tesco Express: (10 min walk) 29 Clifton Road, London W9 1SY

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 5
Extra people: $87 / night after 4 guests
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Weekly Price: $3116 /week
Monthly Price: $10388 /month
Security Deposit: $346
Cleaning Fee: $173
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Totally amazing! A narrow boat full of light and life with more features that most 5 star hotels. I loved the jacuzzi bath with rain shower. The kitchen was incredibly well fitted out so that cooking was a pleasure. One night we did a feast for 8 then sat around the dining table as the sun set.

    Getting that number to sleep was a breeze. We'd been shown how to set the various bed spaces up by the host. 15 minutes and we were all in bed, rocked to sleep by Lila. When I woke up, I watched the leaves of the huge lime tree above through the skylights.

    During the day, we sprawled on the top of the boat and enjoyed watching the boats and passers go by. A mufti-dimensional space that proved to be far bigger than I had expected. There were nooks and crannies for everything. Keeping Lila ship-shape was a simple - and passing each other in the galley and halls became part of the fun.

    A wonderful time, a great way to have cosy time with friends (or a very romantic time with a partner) with the fun and conveniences of London on the doorstep. Pubs and restaurants near by, a supermarket 5 minutes walk away and the Tube nearby. Perfect!

    I am coming back to see Lila!

    June 2013
  • We came to train in Consciousness Coaching. We left with so much more. What seemed a tiny space for 6 people, became a world of expanding possibilities during our week on Lila. Aesthetic, impeccable and complete, thank you to our hosts for the inspiring journey that Lila held and contained for me during the sunniest week in June that I can remember! A unique experience. kx

    June 2013
  • Thank you Lila!

    A perfect experience.

    Wonderful setting completely immersed in nature whilst in the heart of London and surrounded by all the comforts of modern living.
    My highlights were the Jacuzi experience, and gradually emerging from sleep to the sound of birds singing, gently lulled by the boat, looking up through the skylight to receive the lime tree in all its glory.

    Strolling along the canal and observe its peaceful life was also a high, and the Summerhouse, the restaurant on the canal.

    I also noticed that Lila's specific color has the power to uplift my spirit in a very subtle way.

    I highly recommend the experience!

    June 2013
  • Over the course of 2 years, I have stayed on this boat regularly. And, like everyone (including the various designer / boating magazines, T.V. journalists / programme, and 100s / 1000s of visitors etc.) I rave about this luxury-adventure home-on-a-boat. (Oops! I see there is only one ‘largely negative review’, but that looks a bit freaky to me and personally, based on my direct extensive experience, I wouldn’t trust it)

    So, anyway, Lila boat-home is a quaint, cozy paradise in Central London ideal for single to about 6 people of all ages (on my most recent stay we were a party of 5 International adults and 1 child)

    Yes, this is a genuine sailing Narrow Boat which plies the canal system when not in mooring – not a static apartment-on-water. In terms of access, I have seen 2 year olds to 70 year olds climb up & down the stairs once they get a sense of how to use them. The inner & outer use of space is excellent, hence we didn’t feel restricted in any way, on the contrary, we experienced a sense of closer bonding! The beds are spacious and comfortable, the bright interior, skylights & windows give the boat an inside-outside, one-ness with nature touch, whilst the removable screens maintain privacy when needed. I stayed in the master bedroom and can assure you there is no stink. Waking up under the skylight is energising & falling asleep under it, romantic :)

    For lunch, we would open up hatches, use the dinette extension which comfortably seated all of us... The adjoining garden is a delight. As spring comes in, the multitude of herbs, fruit trees & flowers makes it feel like your gateway to wonderland through platform 9 ¾ of Paddington ;-) ! On one of the warmer nights we had dinner in the garden, under the stars, watching the serene canal waters, playing soft music…

    The hosts are a warm & welcoming family who continue to ensure we had a wonderful all-round experience. Josh, the neighbour is a friendly, quiet guy who adds to the canal-community feeling, being a help, rather than any form of hindrance.

    However, BEWARE: If you are the stereo-typical, ultra conventional, bigger-is-better minded tourist who doesn’t want to even slightly step out of your comfort zone for a one-of-a-kind experience whilst being in a vibrant city like London, I’d advise you to stay away!

    On the other hand, I’d highly recommend this boat for open-minded adventurers who want to immerse into an intimate, enchanting oasis in arguably the most prestigious boating community around i.e the same as Richard Branson’s, overlooked by multi-million pound mansions in the heart of London.

    This isn’t just your average bohemian narrow boat, it is an internal & external luxury adventure in all dimensions, set amidst a charming, scenic location that is a stone’s throw away from the conventional city buzz! My friends & I are definitely returning :)

    May 2013
  • Be aware that the boat is NARROW! The full width inside is about 6 feet (less than 2 meters). As a party of 4 we found the boat very cramped, and in fact ended our stay early. One needs to turn sideways to shimmy through the passage between the bunk area and the kitchen and lounge area. The so-called "super king-size bed" fills the full width of the boat and obstructs passage to the toilets from the kitchen area when fully deployed. The toilets are adjacent to one another (one is in a very small cabinet that doubles as a shower), and essentially in the same room as the "master bed." When the sewage tank gets close to full it stinks. The lounge area has only a rather uncomfortable bench around a table for gathering, and one's knees are in contact under the table. There is very little storage for clothing or luggage. If you hang your coat on the hooks in the entry way you'll knock it down going past. Getting into the boat is a very steep climb, not suitable for an elderly or overweight person.

    We found the description on the Air bnb website to be technically accurate, but somewhat misleading. Described as a "boathouse", we had pictured it as a much wider vessel like those found on canals in Amsterdam, Paris, and other houseboats in London. Describing a bunk 4 feet wide and 6.5 feet long as a "master bedroom" is a bit misleading. Also be aware that another occupied narrow boat is moored directly alongside, obstructing the view of the canal.

    The interior was very nicely and tastefully done, and the boat experience could be very fun for an intimate couple. The location is wonderful, the nearby pub delightful, it is an easy stroll to the Tube station, not far to Paddington. The owners graciously refunded most of our unused rent (less 2 days to compensate them for lost revenue) when it became clear the space would not work for our party of 4. Just be prepared for a boating experience, very much like the space on a single-hulled sailboat--watch your head, keep your elbows in, step aside to let others pass...

    April 2013
  • We have travelled many times to London, staying in hotels, b&b's and rental flats. In fact, we have rented flats throughout the world. Our week on Lyla was by far the most enjoyable and meaningful of any of the places we have stayed. The location is superb-quiet/secluded neighborhood yet very close to two tube stations and a short walk to great shopping and eating streets. Great location on the Regent's Canal-we rented bikes and rode down to the Thames one day-great adventure. Best of all was being on the boat in this true oasis in the middle of the city. The houseboat is very well equipped with all the amenities you would expect for comfortable daily living. It was a real cold spell when in London and the boat was always toasty and dry. Looking up through the skylight while in bed and seeing the lovely tree and the sky was very peaceful. The tub with jets was very comforting after a cold day in the city as well. Finally the most important element of our stay on the houseboat was the strong presence of Darshi, Divya and the family. This clearly was a home full of all the right things and you felt it wherever you looked and touched. Thank you for letting us into your special world. We hope that it will be available the next time we come to London. You guys are the best.

    February 2013
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Our ‘Lila’ Family We are a loving close knit tri-continental family who see our dreams through to creation and inspire others to create theirs! Rowan is a top international lawyer, playfully-provoking life-coach, conultant & global-system integrator, who loves adventure, dares to visualise outside not just the box but the entire machine that produces the box ;-), and brings his vision to fruition! Nature, adventure & music lover, Rowan is an inspirational father & student to his goddesses-at-home; 4 year old Tara & loving husband & best friend to wife Darshi. Darshi is a chartered accountant, coach-consultant, global-system integrator, entrepreneur, caring wife & yummy mummy! She has led her life through fearless vision, constantly shifting paradigms and inspiring those around her with how embodied-grace & courage can transform the unexpected. Tara is life-force personified! Our 4 year old dynamite speaks with the maturity of a 44 year old at times, gives stage artists a run for their money, embraces radical change that people of all ages can learn from & and yet warms the hearts of those around her with her unique innocence...
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