5 Unique London Boat Party Experiences

by Paul Joseph  |  Published May 12, 2024

Among the busy traffic on London’s River Thames are a large number of boat parties, on which revellers can enjoy food, drink and live music against an iconic backdrop.

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The Thames has played an integral role in the evolution of London down the ages – but anyone who books on to one of the city’s myriad of boat parties that take you along the river shouldn’t expect a history lesson, but rather sheer unadulterated fun. There is a huge choice of boats hosting raucous river parties, often featuring live on-board music and plenty of room on deck for throwing some shapes, or simply sitting back and enjoying the show as you enjoy a beverage or three. Here are 5 of the best London boat party experiences currently available.

Silent Disco Thames Boat Party

If you like the idea of cruising down the river while enjoying top tunes but are feeling a tinge of guilt over the noise pollution it causes for others, then this Silent Disco might well be the perfect match. Available either as a daytime or a night cruise, the party features a live DJ and headphones, so you don’t need to worry about disturbing canoodling riverbank couples as you dance away onboard. As you strut your stuff, you can take in the many famous landmarks that can be seen from the river. From £31.30 per person.

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River Thames Dinner Cruise with Live Jazz

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London has a vibrant jazz scene and this cruise invites guests to discover it for themselves combined with a lavish evening meal. Starting with a complimentary glass of champagne, the 3-hour cruise is illuminated not only by the bright lights of London but also renowned jazz band ChiJazz quintet, who perform a range of tunes over the course of the night, with a dance floor for those who want to do more than tap their toes. As the atmosphere builds, guests can enjoy a 3-course meal and perhaps another glass of wine from the on-board bar. The music continues until you dock at around 11pm, when the cruise comes to a close. From £91 per person.

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Bollywood Boat Party

Anyone with an interest in Bollywood can immerse themselves in the famous Hindi cinema phenomenon during this fun-packed boat party. During an electric evening, guests will be treated to the very best of Bollywood and Bhangra tunes, along with a soundtrack of party classics, as you sail down the Thames. There’ll be the chance to dance your heart out as resident and guest DJs provide the beats. Drinks are available at reasonable pub prices and a lively atmosphere ensures a memorable experience for all who take part. Dress code is smart casual. From £25 per person.

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Dinner Cruise with Elvis Tribute on the Thames River

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Elvis impersonators are a time-honoured entertainment staple and this dinner cruise features one such mimic who has perfected the legendary singer’s distinctive vocal style and mannerisms. During the 3-hour cruise, you’ll witness an impeccable Rock‘n’Roll tribute performance, complete with a dance floor and as much champagne as you can take on board without falling overboard. To help line the stomach, a sumptuous 3-course meal will be waiting for you to enjoy as your boat makes its way along the river with Elvis ringing in your ears. From £91 per person.

Book at GetYourGuide.com

Thames Party Boats

If you’re seeking to rent a boat for a private party, then Thames Party Boats are your go-to guys in London. They offer a wide range of bespoke packages across their fleet of 3 vessels, the largest of which can accommodate over 205 guests and features a fully licensed bar, a lower saloon for dining and an upper deck with space for DJs, live bands and dancing. Packages can also include several optional extras, such as welcome drinks and canapes on the deck, and a photographer to capture those special on-board moments. From £400 per hour.

Book at Thamespartyboats.co.uk