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:
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.
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.
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.
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!