Living on a city with a river as large as the Thames running through it, it would be a real shame to never hire a small boat for a quick cruise. London is home to a wide variety of boat venues on the Thames that are available for things like general boating or enjoying dinner and drinks while taking a jaunt up and down the river. Knowing when and how to hire a small private boat for a Thames river cruise can be a bit tricky, so let us help you find the one that suits your needs!
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So you’ve decided to start looking around for a small boat for hire in London? There are a few things to keep in mind before you book to ensure you maximise the best possible service for your money:
Now that you’ve officially decided that yes, hiring a small private boat on the Thames is the way to go, let us have a look at the price. These vary based on services offered onboard as well as the purpose of the cruise, but there are some general baselines to keep in mind:
Got questions in mind? We’ve answered some of the most common ones below:
We’re doing a bit of a family reunion and want to do a classic cruise up and down the Thames, with drinks and finger foods. Anything like that available?
City Cruises has a variety of small private boats for hire that would fit your needs, but you might want to look at the MV Eltham specifically as they provide both an enclosed lower deck and plenty of space on the deck itself to ensure passenger comfort.
I’m looking to wow some out of town colleagues, so I’m hoping to book an evening on the water with views of some of the major landmarks. Any suggestions on what to do?
Have a look at the Top Deck at The Yacht London. You’ll be able to dine in style while enjoying panoramic views of Southbank, including the Shard and the London Eye.
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