10 River Thames Boat Party Ideas

Date: January 10, 2022 By: Gemma Heath in Boat Walkthroughs
10 River Thames Boat Party Ideas

Did you know that more than 10,000 people live on various waterways in London? The most famous of London’s rivers is the Thames. A lot of people don’t realize that the Thames River is more than 200 miles long, providing plenty of space to enjoy no matter where you’re based. 

Of course, the most iconic place to enjoy the Thames is in the heart of London. People have lived on the banks of the Thames since 7,000 BC

Now, the Thames is used by locals to celebrate the most important moments in their lives. Let’s explore the 10 best boat party ideas available on the Thames.

Boat Party Ideas

Celebrating big life moments from the Thames creates memories that will last a lifetime. To make the moment special, you want to work with a team that listens and realizes your every need. Boat parties are a unique experience, so we’re here to make it perfect.

The Thames is constantly changing, so the logistics of planning a party might seem daunting without the right support. Throwing the best boat party is what we do best. We can ensure every event dream comes true! 

10. Proposal Surprise Party

Proposing to your future spouse is one of the most important things you’ll ever do. The romantic backdrop of the iconic London skyline is an unbeatable way to start your new life together.

Planning an exceptional proposal on the Thames is a unique experience. Our team is more than prepared to provide you with a VIP venue that no other event planner in London can do. 

You don’t need an excuse to bring your loved one for a private or family-filled boat party. You’ll be in charge of choosing whatever music, food, and drinks you want. There is no experience we cannot cater to.

9. Wedding Party 

Whether you’re looking for a special pre-, post-nuptial event venue, or want to tie the knot on the Thames River, we’ve got you covered. Along with unmitigated privacy, a Wedding Cruise on the Thames offers an ever-changing backdrop. 

Due to licensing restrictions, marriage or civil partnership ceremony has to take place on one of our static vessels. However, you can tour London’s incredible landmarks during wedding breakfast, evening party, or even an afternoon event if you get married in the morning. 

No two weddings are alike, so we offer a range of options to ensure your day is as special as you’ve always dreamed of. You can even go from your wedding to your second venue on a two-hour cocktail cruise. 

8. Birthday Parties 

You don’t have to be celebrating a big birthday to enjoy a spectacular birthday boat party! Theme parties are always a favourite. Why not bring a few hundred of your closest friends for a New Orleans party on our Paddle Steamer boat?

You could even do a big group party to celebrate multiple birthdays at once. If you’re looking for something more intimate, we have plenty of options available.

Our luxury VIP yacht is a favourite to celebrate while you tour the sights of England’s capital! Browse our boats to find the best birthday boat party ideas for you.

7. Set Sail for Your Anniversary 

You don’t have to be Rod Stewart to celebrate your anniversary on the river Thames! River Thames boat hires are available for everyone with Thames Boat Hire. 

If you’re looking to celebrate with friends and family, we recommend going all out with food, drinks, dancing, on a spacious vessel. If you just want to cuddle up together and relax as London’s skyline passes by, we can make that happen.

Celebrating your love should come with all the bells and whistles. We’ll make sure you have your favourite meals, coupled with your go-to drinks.

6. Corporate Boat Parties 

You and your team work hard all year long, why not blow off some steam on the Thames? As the Thames runs through the heart of London, you’ll pass the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye, and Tower Bridge.

Corporate parties usually come during the summer or winter months. During summertime, we highly recommend offering canapes, cocktails, and music so your team can relax. 

In the winter, a meal on one of our vessels is an experience your team will never forget. The windows of our boats are optimized so that everyone has a view of the London skyline’s glittering lights. 

If you’re hosting delegates, clients, or families of your employees, nothing will impress them more than a party travelling through central London. Many parties choose to start their night on the boat before travelling to another venue. 

5. Gala Dinners in Style

Thames boat parties have been part of British culture for hundreds of years. Options for river Thames boat hire are broad, classy, and can cater to anything you need. If you’re looking for a fancy gala dinner, here’s what we recommend.

Start your event with a glass or three of prosecco. We’ve served more than 7,500 bottles of prosecco to our guests over our ten years of operation. Trust us when we say it’s the best way to get the party started. 

From here, a canape course as your guests mingle will help set the tone for the rest of the night. They can head into our dining rooms for a first-class three-course meal as London floats by. 

After-dinner cheeseboards or even a buffet meal is available to you. After dinner, music and entertainment are key for any gala. Whether you’re looking for a jazz duo, a solo pianist, or even a walk-around entertainer. 

4. Award Ceremonies

In a similar fashion to Gala dinners, award ceremonies are one of the most popular Thames’ boat hire options. London hosts all of the top award ceremonies in the nation, so why not host yours on the Thames?

Whether you’re more of an Oscar’s style, or prefer the vibe of the Dundies, hosting an award ceremony on a boat is sure to create a new tradition for your nominees. 

3. Prom and End of Year Summer Parties

Forget the end of year discos, prom and end of year summer parties are arguably the coolest river Thames boat party idea. A Thames prom boat party is classy, private, and safer than most venues you might be looking at.

If you’re throwing an end-of-school party, we recommend avoiding alcoholic beverages for those students under the age of 18. However, if you’re hosting a sixth form or college prom, there are options for limited drinks for guests.

The best thing about our end of year summer parties is how #Instaworthy the Thames can be. Starting later in the evening means you can dance around to your favourite DJ or playlist as the sunsets. 

Our Prom Night packages include a 7 pm start, with a crew, staff, security ready to board passengers. Mocktails are available upon arrival with a cold finger buffet. We recommend at least one teacher for every 15 students aboard.

2. Office Christmas Parties 

Thames Christmas boat parties can take place at any time of day from a range of piers down the length of the London Thames. Mulled wine, prosecco, champagne, beer, whatever you’d like upon arrival, we can make it happen. All parties have to start with a drink, so you can always offer all of the above! 

The same goes for food. If you want canapes, a cold finger buffet, we can gather a selection of options. If you prefer a three-course dinner, we can do that too. 

Of course, if you want your Christmas party to be a winner, we recommend late night bacon butties! Again, we can always do all of the above. 

If you’re hosting an evening event, a DJ is a must. For afternoon Christmas parties, solo or smaller musicians might be preferable. You could even hire a tour guide to provide your guests with fascinating information on the many sights you’ll pass on your trip.

1. Summer Parties! 

A popular event for our boat party guests are the shared summer boat parties that run through July and a few other months. This three-hour Thames River cruise takes you past every iconic sight along the embankment. 

You’ll receive a glass of prosecco on arrival, followed by a BBQ menu. With two licensed bars, you can keep the party going with a drink of choice. A live DJ playing chilled out summer sounds keeps the vibe going as a roaming photographer snaps shots of you and your friends thriving in the sun. 

Top up your tan on our large outdoor decks as the sunsets. Our summer boat parties are the best way to start a night or end a day of celebrations or partying with friends. 

Find Out How to Throw Your Perfect Thames Boat Party

Even if you haven’t seen your boat party ideas on this list, we can accommodate any of your needs. An epic boat party is the best way to celebrate any major life event. Or maybe you just deserve to let loose on the Thames!

To find out more about how we can help you, schedule a free Zoom consultation with one of our event specialists! It’s our job to ensure that you have everything you want for the best celebration that London can offer.