Putting on a successful corporate event or summer party can be a test akin to riding the waves, but Hire Space will make sure it's all smooth sailing with our pick of boat party venues. Laura Richards picks out five London boats for hire, which should make your party so swimmingly good, there'll be no need for armbands.
HMS President (1918)
All aboard the good ship HMS President! This classy vessel is one of a few of the Royal Navy fleet to have survived World War One. She now resides along Victoria Embankment, making her one easy access boat hire for City celebrations. The President's Suite is a glitzy spot for parties, the boardroom below deck is a unique conference space, or take the upper deck for an open air function like no other.
This Second World War ship sits proudly on the embankment by Temple tube station and accommodates all kinds of clients looking to throw events on boats. Whether you're hosting a BBQ on the ship's Quarter Deck - a perfect summer party option - or you're interested in hiring the whole of HQS Wellington for a reception of up to 220 people, you can rest assured you'll be well looked after by a full fleet of stellar ship staff.
Dutch barge-turned-floating pub, it's more than just the current of the Thames that keeps this boat a-rocking. Tamesis Dock is a hub of lively music and after hours activities on the waters between Vauxhall and Lambeth Bridges. Its quirky, colourful exterior brightens up this patch of river, and should you hire the top deck, you'll be able to impress your guests with views across to the Houses of Parliament.
If you're already planning an exclusive conference or workshop, why not go that one step further and take this twee little ship for hire down by West India Quay. The Leven holds a unique boardroom for 20 guests, putting a new spin on the phrase 'away day' - you'll be away at sea, practically. The room comes kitted out with flipcharts, conference phones and internet access, and there's a projector and TV screen should the ebb and flow of the Thames tide not be entertainment enough.
The Silver Sturgeon
Set sail along the Thames for a summer party that colleagues and clients will be talking about for a very long time - at least until your fabulous Christmas do. The luxury Silver Sturgeon yacht for hire has capacity for 550 guests and makes for a perfect boat party setting or theatre-style conference space that's totally out of the ordinary. Jamie Oliver's Fabulous Feasts can provide catering aboard the boat and the Champagne is sure to flow - once your guests have found their sea legs, naturally.
Book one of these very good ships through Hire Space and you'll never have to walk the plank for crimes against event planning. Far from it, you'll be the captain of successful events, yarghhhh! For even more unique spaces for hire, head over to the Hire Space website.