Boat Venues in London

A night out on the Thames won't be forgotten. Our list of the best boat venues for hire in London will make your day or night a special one.

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Cutty Sark Greenwich

Located in the celebrated heart of the UNESCO Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site Cutty Sark is the ideal location for memorable corporate events and entertaining, offering the only event space under the hull of a ship in the world. With 4 distinct event spaces the ship can be used for any style of corporate hospitality. Ideal for seasonal parties, product launches, private dining, conferences with a WOW and press releases. This iconic British Institution offers commanding views over the mighty river Thames and an evening beneath her gleaming hull is truly one of a kind.


The two walkways at Tower Bridge are an excellent setting to drinks receptions, corporate parties, evening receptions and product launches. Situated at 42 metres above the Thames, the walkways offer breathtaking panoramic views, with the Docklands, Canary Wharf and Greenwich to the East, and the Shard, Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral and the City to the West. The perfect backdrop to your event.


Offering panoramic views, exceptional service, modular interiors, a dance floor and a stunning, vast on deck roof terrace, the River Room is a classic, spacious and highly versatile boat - incredible blank canvas on which you can truly tailor and realise your vision. With space for up to 200 guests for gala dinners, buffets, standing receptions, wedding parties and beyond, plus a state-of-the-art onboard kitchen and bar serving up delicious food and drink, the River Room offers ultimate customisation for entirely unique, unforgettable events space,

M.V. Erasmus Tower Bridge

The M.V. Erasmus has a total capacity of 340 which gives you the ability to enjoy to fantastic views from the desk and the intimate feel of the cabin. Perfect for any cocktail party, corporate function or private event, this vessel is usable across all seasons. Food by Dish are one of London's leading caterers and can provide any form of catering you desire.


Floor to ceiling windows, alfresco option in the summer with fully retractable sides, fully heated throughout the winter making this space an all year round option, un paralleled views of the thames and the south-bank with a total capacity of 150 in this space alone

City Cruises Westminster, Tower Pier and Greenwich

The Millenium Diamond has panoramic windows for amazing views and an open top deck. She can hold up to 500 guests and has everything on board that you need to host the perfect event. From a sound system to audio visual equipment as well as a dance floor. Facilities include a separate disabled toilet and built in chair lift to the vast top deck.


The Battersea Barge is suitable for all kinds of occasions and is ideal for weddings, parties and other celebrations. If you hire the whole boat, you and your guests can use all the different areas of the boat and make it an occasion to remember. We always receive amazing feedback from people holding their events with us; come and see for yourself.


An ideal option for those seeking a traditional party boat on the River Thames. Split over 2 levels with a rear deck, the Salient offers a well stocked bar with a tasty menu included on party boat hires Ideal for Christmas Parties, Corporate Drinks Receptions, Birthday Parties and Wedding Receptions, or those just seeking a traditional cruise along the river without the interruption of other passengers.

Dixie Queen London Bridge

Let your imagination run wild as you bring to life a completely bespoke event aboard your very own luxury vessel on the River Thames. The beauty and flexibility of our fleet means we are able to host virtually any kind of event on board, as you captivate your guests in the heart of London. Every event we host is entirely unique and built around your exacting desires. Along with top class hospitality, your luxurious private charter is lit up with beautiful finishing touches to make it more personal and original than you ever imagined. The result is a truly unforgettable occasion in London.

Anomalous Space Angel, Islington

A_SPACE is the perfect film and photography location. Located within a charming Georgian townhouse in Islington, our unique and homely space has step-free access, off-street loading and superfast broadband. Featuring a 1000 sqft environment with a studio, lounge, library, kitchenette and make-up areas, it offers various backdrops ideal for filming, photo shoots and livestreams. Colourama, LED backwash lights and projection also available. If more space is needed for talent, team and/or equipment, combined hire with our second room B_SPACE is available. Hire times are flexible. Inquire now!


The Games Room on the lower ground floor of the Townhouse is perfect for dining, parties or play, with a small courtyard for those in need of "fresh air". Ideal for product launches, sit down dinner or a standing reception for up to 50 guests, the room also has a Sonos sound system for when you want to dance!


The contemporary museum Courtyard is a highly adaptable outdoor event space that comes with the added benefit of a thematic living plant wall and the opportunity to include a private curator-led museum tour. Besides, your guests have the opportunity to board the Mail Rail train and take an immersive journey through the secretive tunnels beneath the streets of London.

Boat Venues FAQs


Can you hire a boat on the Thames for events?

Absolutely! There are plenty of boats on the Thames that can be hired out for events. We recommend Bateaux, Dixie Queen, HMS Belfast or Battersea Barge.


When hiring a boat for events, is the boat moving?

It varies from venue to venue. Some, like the Cutty Sark, is moored but others, like Dixie Queen, are moving.


Can I decide where the boat picks us up from?

It varies from venue to venue. Most of the larger venue groups are happy to change the pick-up and drop-off point. This is something to be discussed with the venue's events team when making your enquiry.


What boats are there to hire on the Thames?

There is an array of boats along the Thames, some of these are the Cutty Sark, The Silver Sturgeon, Bateaux and Thames Clipper Boats can also be hired!


What are the most historical boats which can be hired on the Thames?

London is famous for its history and some of the most historical boats you can hire! Some of these are HMS Belfast, HMS Wellington and the Cutty Sark!


What type of events work well on a boat on the Thames?

Lots of events work well on boats but they are typically used for drinks receptions or dinners. Some can also be used for small meetings or conferences and even boat parties!

About Boat Venues


There's no better way to see London during your event than Thames Boat Hire. Cruise through the capital in luxurious and exclusive splendour whilst getting tipsy topside. Whether it's a black-tie seated dinner, a P-Diddy style boat party, or an exclusive tour and reception in an historic naval vessel, with Thames boat hire, there is the perfect vessel for everyone to enjoy some bubbly and tasty treats whilst cruising through the capital.

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