A purpose-built canal boat is home to our shop. You can often find us on the Regents Canal, Paddington Arm, Limehouse Cut and Lea Navigation.

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The boat has been designed specifically for the purpose. It offers an adaptable space to convert from shop, to workshop and event space.

  1. Stern (the back)
  2. Entrance steps
  3. Built-in shelving
  4. Built-in shelving
  5. Kitchen and counter
  6. W.C
  7. Office
  8. Bow (the front)

The hull has been crafted by expert boat builders and has been fit-out by an industry leading team whose 15 years boat building experience is supported by backgrounds in product and furniture design as well as shopfitting.

The design of the boat provides built-in shelving to showcase titles at child height, additional headroom, a roof window and reading nooks for children. Materials such as Birch plywood have been chosen to provide a modern and light environment which is welcoming to both children and their parents.

The boat is fitted with a kitchen and Espresso machine and serves great coffee.

See the boat being

Where to

We operate as a roving trader licensed by the Canal & River Trust (CRT), we mostly travel along the Regents Canal, Paddington Arm, Limehouse Cut and Lea Navigation. There’s a focus on Telling Tales home borough of Hackney and neighbouring boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Islington but we can also travel north to Hertford and west to Bath or Bristol.

Places of interest

  • 1. Wembley
  • 2. London Zoo
  • 3. Portobello Road
  • 4. Kew Gardens
  • 5. Paddington Basin
  • 6. Camden Lock
  • 7. Hackney Marshes
  • 8. British Museum
  • 9. Limehouse Basin
  • 10. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
  • 11. Mile End Park
  • 12. Victoria Park

Opening hours

Our hours vary depending on where we are moored, when possible we try to stick to the times below. If you’re making a special trip, please contact us beforehand to make sure we are open.

Monday: 10am – 2pm
Tuesday: 10am – 2pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 10am – 2pm
Friday: 12pm – 2pm
Saturday: 11am – 4pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Want to know more?

For press enquiries, event ideas or any other queries please email Daisy at hello@tellingtales.com.