Standup paddleboarding on the Thames

I’ve found the dream way to get about in busy London – paddling along the Thames. Last week I spent a fantastic day with my mates at Tenderstem® and a gang of active girls trying out standup paddleboarding on the river at Putney for #tenderstemtrysomethingdifferent.

Standup paddleboarding on the Thames

It’s officially ok to accidentally swim in the Thames – I know first hand because I took a dip after a little bit too much fun on a SUP board. I got to see a very different side of London after the lovely lot at Tenderstem invited me and a gang of active ladies to try something a little different in the capital – exploring the river by paddle power.

We took to the water with the fantastic instructors from Active360 at Kew Bridge. After getting kitted up with hefty boards we drifted along the river in the glorious September sunshine, spotting quirky boats, towering skyscrapers and even a floating beehive before paddling out to Syon Park and then back to the jetty.

After all that hard work we were rewarded with bowls of tasty Tenderstem, which I’ve been a bit obsessed with since filming my Tenderstem camping recipe videos. Check them out if you’re after fuss-free healthy food, as they’re perfect post workout.

Standup paddleboarding on the Thames



  1. September 18, 2015 / 1:30 am

    This is such a fantastic thing to do in the city. I would love to try it if I’m ever in London 😉

  2. September 28, 2015 / 5:39 am

    Starting to see this in Northern Ireland too…

  3. December 3, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    I did this recently in my parts (Llangollen) it was an experience and a half. I took a dip in the freezing canal a few times and although I’ve not got the hang of standing up, it’s so much fun and I’m so looking forward to doing more in the warmer weather. I can imagine SUP in London tho was pretty amazing, seeing the city from another angle. I hope they’ve cleared up the Thames now though?


Leave a Reply