Barge East is not your average boat. This unique 114-year-old venue is a lovingly restored Dutch Tjalk, which now calls edgy Hackney Wick its home. The barge, which has been modernised using reclaimed materials, is owned by three friends, Blandy, Ryan, and Tommo, all of whom are dedicated to making this one of the most magical and unusual venues in London.
Barge East in all it's glory.
Boasting an unparalleled location between two of London's waterways, the area offers views of the London skyline and the London Stadium used for the 2012 Olympics. There are two main areas available for private hire, each with individual concepts. One consistent theme present in the interior is the rustic wood panelled walls, chunky wooden tables and mismatched chairs, adding a genuine artisan feel to the space.
Wood-panelled walls and tables add a rustic feel.
If you read our last blog on how to nail your event catering, you will know just how important food is to an event. Barge East offers an enticing menu designed by head chef Ryan Craig, who spent many years on board yachts as an international chef. Prepare for your taste buds to be dazzled by British-inspired cuisine with fusion twists from all over the world.
The Captain’s Cabin, hosting up to 10 guests, is an ideal choice for an intimate soirée or corporate dining experience. Accompanied by excellent views of the London Stadium, this space is a private setting which will add a touch of exclusivity to your event. After all, it's not everyday you have your own private boat in the middle of the City! As if you'd need any other reasons to visit, there is a direct telephone line from this room to the bar. How handy.
If you have a larger event in mind, why not hire the whole space? Both decks on this beautiful vessel can be exclusively hired out, which combined is able to welcome 120 guests. Alternatively, the lower deck can accommodate up to 50 guests, and the top deck, up to 30.
Top Deck, Barge East
Lower Deck, Barge East
In addition to all of this, Barge East is easily accessible by train, with the nearest station being Hackney Wick. If you're looking for somewhere special to celebrate the festive period with your clients or colleagues, Barge East goes above and beyond to create the nautical Christmas event of your dreams.
This festive period, Barge East are offering canapé, lunch, and dinner menus at just £30 per person. Enquire now to chat to one of our Venue Experts for any last minute bookings this Christmas period!