All aboard: The best boating venues for hire

If you're looking for a unique venue in which to host an event, look no further than a boat or barge. They can host large-scale celebrations through to pop-ups and product launches.

Woods' Silver Fleet has two floating venues available for hire (image:
Woods' Silver Fleet has two floating venues available for hire (image:

Woods’ Silver Fleet

Woods’ Silver Fleet includes two luxury yachts that are available for event hire. The Silver Sturgeon is complete with a central bar on the main deck, and it can be transformed into a theatre-style venue. It is capable of seating up to 440 guests. 

The Royal Nore is a classic royal yacht that has recently been refurbished to maintain its original structure. It has a capacity of up to 30 guests, making it suitable for small-scale gatherings.

Woods’ Silver Fleet has partnered with Jamie Oliver’s catering company Fabulous Feasts to deliver its onboard menu offering, which includes formal dinner menus, canapés and bowl foods.

Contact: (0) 207 491 1947


London Party Boats

For more than 30 years London Party boats has been hosting private parties for guests, ranging from birthday celebrations and wedding receptions through to product launches, with special packages available for each. 

Choose from three vessels that can host anywhere from 40 through to 250 people. The company handles all catering, which includes hot and cold buffets, canapés, a fine dining menu and barbecue menus.

Contact: 0207 117 1281

Top Sail Charters

Top Sail Charters’ fleet includes four traditional-style sailing barges. They have a sailing capacity of between 44 and 50 passengers, and can host between 50 and 80 guests when static.

Top Sail's own catering company, Blackwater Catering, provides both buffet and sit-down dining options on all four barges. 

The river cruises set off from multiple locations including London, Maldon, Brightlingsea, Gravesend and Harwich.

Contact: 01621 857567


The Dry Barge Company 

The Dry Barge Company’s Bohemia barge can host up to 60 guests. It is equipped with a licensed bar, Hi-Spec JBL EON sound system and LED lighting system.

The cruise departs from Catalan Square, Castlefield in Manchester, and it covers the city’s inland waterways as well as Pomona and the ‘Theatre of Dreams'.

Kro Catering & Events handles all catering, and its offering spans hot, cold and set buffets as well as barbecue menus.

Contact: 07788 113316

More: Five of Islington's top venues for hire

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