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, Lea Navigation and Hertford Union. We can also be found on the Paddington Arm, Limehouse Cut and further afield. 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.

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Opening hours

We’re open, to find out where we are and when we’re open follow us on Instagram and look out for events here.

Want to know more?

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

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