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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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.


Escape without leaving the city Sail through the heart of the city on London's largest open desk garden on the Thames. the Scandinavian styled River Room boasts picture frame windows affording spectacular views for all guests. Sit-down dinner of 140 guests and standing reception of 200 guests.


Moored between Tower Bridge and London Bridge, the Belfast offers fantastic views across the heart of London. These are enjoyed best from the original wooden decking of the Quarterdeck. The history of the Deck being only for the use of the Officers gives this open air space an exclusive and private feel. The period setting and unique location will certainly give your guests something to talk about! (Includes hire of an indoor room in case of poor weather)

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.

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.

M.V Imperial Odette Chelsea, Mayfair, City, Canary Wharf, Greenwich

M.V Imperial Odette is the perfect London river venue and is great for birthdays, corporate parties, hen parties, transfers to the O2 arena, sightseeing or any other special occasion. It is also a great choice for transfers for wedding parties. M.V Imperial Odette can hold private dinners for up to 10 people with delicious freshly prepared food, unrivalled views and complete privacy. Our experienced team will make sure your event is one to remember, whether that is theming or sourcing your favourite champagne. Embark and disembark can be arranged from most central London piers.


Looking for a stunning venue for a private or corporate summer or Christmas party? Our riverside venue could be right for you. The panorama of the river Thames and Battersea power station is a striking view from our riverfront balconies. During December the venue is themed for Christmas with a festive array of silver birches and fairy lights and the 30ft Christmas tree in our lobby provides a dramatic entrance.


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


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.

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. With 4 distinct event spaces the ship can be used for any style of corporate hospitality. Ideal for summer & Christmas parties, drink receptions, product launches, private dining and press releases. This iconic British Institution has commanding views over the mighty river Thames and an evening beneath her gleaming hull is truly one of a kind as it is the only place in the world you can entertaining underneath the hull of a ship.

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.


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.

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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