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CANAL LIVING

The Lemon Boat, W10

Playwright Trevor Nunn writes his screen and stage plays aboard his, Timothy Small and Prunella Scales have used theirs as a London base while treading the boards in the West End and Richard Branson has concocted some of his biggest business deals aboard his. This diverse group of individuals is united in their love of the houseboat.

Still one of the most unique ways of living in the Capital, the houseboat (this one in particular) offers the double win of a central London address and a charming riverside garden. Floating on the Grand Union Canal, The Lemon Boat brings this all together beautifully and in style.

The Lemon Boat is the most stylish of alternatives to on-land living, and as Londoners look to reclaim the waterways as places to live, it’s proving a popular contender. In recent years this boom in houseboat living has been largely led by a younger generation that has come to appreciate the simplicity and privacy that living on the canal affords and the floating community is once again thriving.

The Lemon Boat is a great example of how to do houseboat living at its best. Purchased eight years ago by a duo of creatives who were looking for a different way to live, Lemon Boat is almost 1,000 square feet of floating contemporary home that has been beautifully appointed. Featuring bespoke elements such as the backbone staircase to the mezzanine, the angled and curved kitchen that sits quietly in one corner of the reception room and the recessed mezzanine guest bedroom, tucked away from view, Lemon Boat has been thoughtfully and skilfully designed to make the most of the interior space without spoiling the wonderful views from each window and light well.

The ground floor of the boat is given over to a large reception area and kitchen which is naturally lit by half a dozen pairs of huge skylights. Bespoke furnishings combine with sourced antiques to offer up a modern day interpretation of riparian interior design. The master bedroom which is located at the bulk head in its traditional place is a tranquil idyll with old fashioned portholes looking out at just above water level. A separate second bedroom is accessed above the kitchen, cleverly tucked away at the other end of the boat. Everywhere, built in storage capitalises upon the angles of the boat providing hidden spaces for life’s essentials.

Sitting alongside the canal and overlooking the green open spaces of Kensal Green Cemetery, it’s hard to believe that Ladbroke Grove, that central spine of Notting Hill is just a few metres away, up above.