Boats for hire on the Thames

Written by Paul
Jul 13, 2014

Boats for hire London

As one of the world’s most famous waterways the Thames offers a picture perfect backdrop for events from conferences to Christmas Parties. A cruise down river offers an ever changing scenery, from the Historic Palace of Westminster to the modernist buildings of the South Bank and through to the warehouses of the Docklands. There a number of boat based event spaces available for events, some stationary and others still sailing. Here’s a run down of those available on

PS Elizabethan

A fine looking replica Mississippi style paddle steamer the Elizabethan can accommodate up to 200 guests for a canapés & cocktail reception or 144 for a silver service dinner. The boat is available for hire from numerous piers up and down the Thames to suit your party and on a clear evening the roof on the upper deck fully retracts, allowing guests to dance under the stars.

MV Erasmus

The MV Erasmus bears more in common with a modern nightclub than a boat. With large open deck spaces, funky LED lighting and chrome fixtures this really is the ultimate Thames party boat. Suitable for drinks receptions, silver service dinners or even BBQs.

HMS President

HMS President 1918 has long since retired from life as an anti-submarine Q-Ship and now runs as a full time conference and events venue. Moored on embankment the ship boasts large and small spaces and outside decks for drinks and summers BBQs. You can also enjoy tours of the Thames on fast RIBs direct from the boat.

HMS Belfast

There are certain occasions which demand special treatment, where the choice of venue is crucial. Seldom will you find one as unique as HMS Belfast. Permanently moored between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast was saved for the nation in 1971 as a unique reminder of Britain’s Naval Heritage and is the only surviving example of the great fleets of big gun armoured warships built for the Royal Navy in the first half of the twentieth century. Ideal for private dining, meetings, product launches, weddings, receptions and parties, HMS Belfast offers spectacular 360 degree views of London and authentically decorated rooms, each with their own individual characteristics. Guests can dine in the Officer’s Mess, climb a gun turret or watch the sun set on the Quarterdeck.