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An Insider’s Guide to the London Boat Show

The London Boat Show starts today, and if you haven’t got your tickets yet, here’s why you need to be there…

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Stuck for what to do this week? The London Boat Show launches at the ExCel Centre today (until Sunday 14) and we’ve got the inside track on this must-visit event from Howard Pridding, CEO of British Marine.

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The London Boat Show 2018


The London Boat Show, now in its 64th year, is a celebration of everything you can do on the water. From stunning yachts to boating and water sports holidays, if it happens at sea, you’ll find it at the boat show. Over 300 exhibitors will be showcasing the best the marine world has to offer, with great food, a real-life sailing school and a practical boating theatre, there’s something for everyone.


London’s ExCel Centre


10-14 January


The Inside Track from Howard Pridding, CEO of British Marine

What should first-time visitors to the London Boat Show know?

The London Boat Show celebrates the very best that life on the water has to offer. Bringing together a world of inspiration and stunning yachts, guests will be treated to a five day showcase of the finest in the boating world – from high-end yachts and powerboats to leading marine equipment and lifestyle brands from across the globe. Expect to see the latest Sunseeker superyacht and luxury SEABOB seatoys, plus high-end Henri Lloyd sailing jackets and the finest leather Sebago deck shoes.

As London’s original and most prestigious marine event, it is a staple in the boating calendar. The event offers guests the perfect opportunity to unwind in luxury and start the New Year in style with friends and family.

First, you should visit…

For those who prefer the beauty of timeless creations, there is the Classic Boat Collection. Curated from several sources and brought together for the first time, the world’s most stunning and iconic classic boats will take pride of place at the Show. Curators will be on hand to exclusively guide guests around the bespoke collection and unveil the unique secrets of each remarkable vessel.

By taking a step back in time, you can truly go on to explore and enjoy today’s latest yachts, understanding the evolution of boating and the timeless beauty of life on the water.

And save until last…

The Moet & Chandon Vintage Champagne Bar is the most premium hangout at this year’s London Boat Show and the perfect spot to end your visit. Surrounded by bespoke brands and yachts, guests can relax with a glass of the finest bubbly whilst pursuing the grandeur of their luxury surroundings. This truly sums up the perfect way to banish those winter blues and start the New Year with a bang

If you’re pressed for time, the absolute best thing to see is…

Definitely getting out on the Jobe Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Pool. Providing plenty of adventure at the Show, the shallow pool offers the perfect opportunity for guests who are strapped for time to try their hand at Stand Up Paddleboarding without the need to done a wetsuit. All the family will be able to take up the SUP-challenge, make memories and have fun paddling on one of the leading models of Jobe Stand Up Paddleboards which will be available for use on the pool.

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