Telling Tales Experience

Book you and your family a private bookshop experience and take home plenty of books.

Available Monday to Friday.

Telling Tales Floating Bookshop

What is it?

You’ll have the use of Telling Tales bookshop for yourself for up to 3 hours with plenty of time to browse the books and play in our reading nooks. You’re welcome to bring a picnic and you’ll have access to our toilet and wi-fi whilst onboard.

The Telling Tales Experience is a great treat for younger children with the comfort of knowing you’ll have the space to yourself.

The best bit is that you can redeem the majority of the fee on books of your choice.

Time and date

12pm – 3pm Monday to Friday, let us know your preferred date.


Maximum of 6 people all from the same household.


£100 (redeem £80 against books of your choice).

£80 for existing monthly subscribers (redeem the full amount against books of your choice).

* £80 can be redeemed against books of your choice from the shop floor and on the day of your visit. We are unable to refund the fee should it not be redeemed on the day.

Safety precautions and other info

  • A member of our team will be on board during the duration of your visit.
  • They will greet you, but then retire to the office, they will be on hand should you need them.
  • We are only booking one visit to the boat per day, the boat will be cleaned between visits and stock will only be handled by our team between visits.
  • Our books will be covered in plastic sleeves but you are welcome to remove them from the sleeves during your visit.
  • Our team member will be wearing a friendly homemade face mask.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available on board the boat for you to use and we ask that you sanitise your hands when you first board.

Where will we be?

Throughout the summer we will be moored along the River Lea, Hertford Union and Regents Canal in East London. However, as part of our licensing agreement with the Canal & River Trust (CRT) we have to move our boat every two weeks and will not always be able to guarantee the exact location more than a day in advance. If you have any questions about the location please email us using

Special occasion

If your visit is for a special occasion and you would like to have a cake at your party we can give you the names of some great local cake makers and arrange for the cake to be delivered to the boat.

How to book

Email us with your preferred date and any questions you may have, include a contact number and Daisy will call you back. We will take payment over the phone and in advance.