Islington Boat Club offers a range of activities and courses for adults and young people. We are situated in the City Road Basin, entered via Graham Street, London N1 8JX.

An RYA approved training centre and staffed with Canoe England registered instructors, we offer many accredited courses for all ages over nine years.

We currently have an open access Youth Club on Saturdays (11am to 4pm) also on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (5pm to 7pm). Please check out our events calendar or Facebook page for updates and news of events.

We can also offer narrowboat hire and event space hire for birthdays, receptions, private parties, corporate events and much more.


It is only due to the vision and determination of local resident, Crystal Hale, that the City Road Basin has become the site of a thriving boat club for young people and, indeed, that it still exists at all as an expanse of canal water. Crystal had loved boats and boating all her life; from her house in Noel Road by the Regents Canal, she had looked out over the Basin and thought “Why aren’t children playing on that water?” (read more)