Open House Festival

Haggerston Wharf live-aboard boats



Haggerston Wharf, Kenning Terrace, N1 5FA

A small community of people living aboard an array of traditional and contemporary craft. Open to viewers are two traditional narrowboats and one widebeam. Visit to have your boat toilet related questions answered for once and for all.

Getting there


Old Street




21, 76, 141, 271, 149, 243

Additional travel info

About a 20 minute walk from Old Street, Angel or Dalston. The correct postcode will take you to the wrong place, so aim for the south side of Whitmore bridge, opposite the Towpath cafe. what3words: ///hook.member.people


Accessibility notes

Sadly due to the nature of the wharf and boats we are not wheelchair accessible. There are steps down to the wharf and the space inside the boats is small and narrow, please be aware of this when planning your visit.



Adjacent to the beautiful Georgian arch of Whitmore Bridge, Haggerston Wharf is on the southern side of Regent’s Canal between De Beauvoir and Haggerston.

Please be aware that access to the wharf is down a set of steps, and the boats are accessed by stepping across from the pontoon to the deck. Once inside, ceilings are low and space is small, particularly in the narrowboats. All three boats have steps down into the cabin.

The entrance to Haggerston Wharf is through a natural larch timber door nestled in tree foliage off a quiet pedestrian path. A galvanised steel and timber staircase, elevated above the wharf’s wild zone, takes you down to the pontoon. The pontoon is offset from the historic red brick canal wall, which has enabled us to reintroduce native reeds and other water borne plants and insert corrugated steel planters for herbaceous plants and climbers.

The wharf is home to five boats and a butty, you are welcome to visit Empire Queen and Sleeping Kitten's Moment and take a minute to relax in our tiny garden at the far end of the wharf, but please do not attempt to enter the other homes here. You may spot our resident cats out and about around the wharf, Jiji, Louis, and Newt: please be gentle!

We hope you like spiders.

Emma's Boat: Empire Queen

A 50ft long traditional stern style canal boat with a 6ft 10” beam. The steel hull was built in 1991 by Colecraft Engineering Ltd.
Dodgily named and dodgily decorated, inside she’s a much-loved floating patchwork of donated furniture, things found in skips, unfinished DIY and bodge jobs. Freezing in winter, boiling in summer, she’s a perfect vantage point to spy on all the dramas of the canal and towpath. I once gave myself a concussion walking in to the cabin, so mind your head.

Morgan's Boat: Sleeping Kitten’s Moment

Sleeping Kitten’s Moment is a 55’ by 10’ widebeam canalboat built by Viking boats in Poland in 2012. The main entrance is through hatch on the rear deck. Wooden steps (which also function as storage drawers) descend into the galley/kitchen of an open plan living area with a wood stove and sofa. The main cabin is divided from the sleeping area at the front of the boat by a bathroom cabin with a curved wall. The boat has five large bus-style windows plus two large (15”) portholes. In addition to the rear hatch entrance there is a side hatch and doors opening to the front deck.

Prints and Plants for sale

Morgan Stetler is an artist and graphic designer who illustrates the beautiful boats along the canal. He will be selling a small range of prints with his boat illustrations. We are also planning to have a small sale of home grown plants.


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