Small Boats for Hire in London

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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!

Small Boats Hire Guide

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:

  • Passenger limit – As you can imagine, most small private boats on the Thames have a strict passenger limit. This is usually between 20 and 35 guests per session, so plan accordingly.
  • Cruise purpose – There are a variety of services offered by boat venues in London so you should pick one based on the goal for your cruise. If you just want to enjoy the view, then ensure you book a boat that can accommodate passengers on deck in comfort. Dinner cruise? Ensure that it has dining facilities on board!

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:

  • If you’re looking to hire a small private boat on the Thames for a cruise, you’re going to be looking at a roughly £2000 minimum spend (where you pay nothing to hire the boat itself but agree to spend a set amount on food and drinks)or a £1200 hire fee with food and drinks added on separately as it would be at a typical restaurant or bar!
  • If instead, your interest leans more towards sharing a good meal and drinks on the water (rather than cruising up and down the Thames), you’ll often find more flexible pricing options. Flat hire fees typically range around £500, minimum spend remains at around £2000, and per-person pricing is typically around £35 per head.

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.

Guests Reviews of Small Boats on Tagvenue

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Sophia Jackson
Booked The Lounge at The Floating Showroom
I can't thank Eli and Katie enough for the incredible experience we had this Saturday. From the moment I made contact I almost felt like the deal was too good to be true as it was everything we wanted and a very good price for the 5 hour time slot and we were even allowed to arrive early to set up However, it really was that good! When we arrived to set up, Katie had already decorated and the boat looked utterly magical, she then proceeded to help with all the food and drinks, which is definitely not part of the deal, yet was so kind and helpful -especially since I am 6 months pregnant. She also came back to the boat and glittered us all up with her amazing facepaint skills. Again not part of the deal and totally our of the kindness of her heart. She was absolutely amazing and made everyone look fantastic. We had so much fun and the bride loved every second. It was totally unique, private and was perfect for the humid yet showery weather. It was the absolute highlight of the Hen party, I am already trying to think of another event we could hire it for. Thank you both for making Glastonbecca such a special, stress-free and fun party!!
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Sharifa
Booked The Lounge at The Floating Showroom
Intimate venue, decorated wonderfully, we had a great baby shower
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Krystal Yip
Booked The Lounge at The Floating Showroom
Harry and Elizabeth did a great job in tailoring to my requested needs for a surprise party! Thank you so much and we couldn't be more grateful for it.
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Sarita Butcher
Booked Summer Party at West End on the Thames
The enthusiasm of staff to make our event run smoothly and special. Catherine (on-board Event Manager) Amy Waiting staff and Craig Bar staff were particularly over and above expectation!
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Francesca Herbert
Booked The Lower Deck at Tamesis Dock
Great team there who are extremely accommodating and flexible. Fun and quirky venue

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