london's floating hot tubs
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There’s only one thing better than a booze cruise, and that’s a booze cruise with a hot tub. Preferably in a great location. If you happen to be in Britain, then you can now take advantage of London’s floating hot tubs. You read that right: hot tubs that float. In the water. Like a boat.

It’s called a HotTug, and it was invented by Dutchman Frank de Bruijn. According to de Bruijn: “It’s much more than a boat, it’s a vessel with different options. When the tug is filled, there is only a narrow rim between you and the water, making you feel at one with your surroundings.” Ugh, sounds divine. From the website:

london's floating hot tubs
via Facebook/HotTug UK

Frank’s long experience of wood stoves while living and working on his own barge helped him to develop a wood-burning underwater stove. This is what heats the 1800 litres of water in the HotTug to a pleasant 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees F.) in a few hours.

The HotTug is constructed from wood and fitted with glass-fibre reinforced polyester. The stove is made of stainless steel and has a double-walled pipe. The HotTug is powered by a built-in electric motor so is very quiet.

london's floating hot tubs
via Facebook/HotTug UK

The HotTug has been around for awhile, but their UK launch has opened up some pretty fun opportunities. Currently, you can take London’s floating hot tubs for a spin on Regent’s Canal. Regent’s Canal is a former shipping canal; it’s now a popular route for pleasure cruising. And pleasure cruising is exactly what you’ll get on the HotTug.

london's floating hot tubs
via Facebook/HotTug UK

What to expect on London’s floating hot tubs

There are places you can rent a HotTug across the US, but the float on Regent’s Canal is special. You’ll get a quick training on how to pilot the tub, and then be set loose for 90 minutes of cruising. There’s a place where you can change into your swimsuit for the ride, and a shower you can use when you get off the boat.

london's floating hot tubs
via Facebook/HotTug UK

The standard package costs £220 and it gets you and 6 other friends the rental tub. You can upgrade to a VIP package for an extra £15 a person, which gets you rental towels, ice for your booze (just remember, the driver can’t be drinking!), and a spiffy sailor hat. You can even rent a GoPro to capture your journey!

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