The Original London Boat Party - FAQs. Extensive list of answers.



So what is the ‘London Boat Party’?

We appreciate that before making a booking or in the excitement leading up to setting sail, you or your group may have various questions, or want to gain a better understanding of what to expect. That's why our Crew have drawn on the frequently asked questions over numerous years to compile an extensive list of answers for you. And, if the answer you're looking for isn't listed, then please don't make us 'walk the plank'. Ask us and our friendly crew will be happy to help - they love an unusual question!

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  • 4hr cruise past all the key sights
  • Resident Thames DJ playing party anthems from the past to the present
  • Light Buffet (ask us for a sample menu)
  • Fully licensed bar at pub prices
  • Great party atmosphere
  • Central London Pier (by Westminster, Waterloo and Tower Hill stations)
  • Free guest list night club entrance after the cruise (must be requested)
  • Exclusive ‘pre-cruise’ party packages at a nearby riverside venue

On Fridays, we party 7pm – 11pm * and on Saturdays it’s 8pm – Midnight. On the odd occasion, this may vary by approx. 15 minutes.

The boat will arrive at the designated pier 15 minutes beforehand for boarding, so don’t panic if you arrive early and can’t see it!

Once we’ve set sail, the boat cannot return for anyone running late, so get a shuffle on and make sure you’re all on time.

*Thursdays added in December; 7-11pm

The boat party will depart from a central London Pier, usually within walking distance of Westminster, Waterloo or Tower Hill stations… the exact pier will be confirmed on your e-ticket, which we send to you on the Monday before the event!  We may know the Pier sooner, so feel free to contact us to ask.

But if you want to start the party even earlier, we have exclusive ‘pre-cruise’ party packages available at a nearby riverside venue – ask us for more info!

The fully licensed bars are reasonably priced – no Pirate pricing here! You’ll find all the usual favourites with a wine, beer, cider or single measure spirit with mixer) being covered by £6 - £7 & soft drinks by £2.50 - £3. Captain Sensible says “remember to drink responsibly!”.

The bars accept card and cash.

Want to set up a tab? We can’t run open tabs so you’ll need to pre-purchase drink tokens. Contact us for details.

With unrivalled access to the biggest fleet on the Thames, we have a range of boats (capacity 100 – 375) that you may be sailing on. Each vessel used is fully equipped, maintained to a high safety standard and has plenty of dancing room!

Some of our boats are more accessible than others. Please check with our events team before purchasing tickets so you can determine the suitability.

Once we get going, you’ll barely notice you’re on the Thames – so we’re confident that you won’t feel sea-sick on one of our boat parties! Of course, if you do feel unwell (or any other medical emergency) the captain is able to pull alongside a pier to let you off.

We live in the UK, we’re pretty used to inconsistent weather – thankfully, come sun, rain or even snow, nothing stands in the way of our boat parties! Well, except severe fog, which may cause us to cancel. We’ll be sure to give as much notice as possible in these situations!

We’re still under land-laws when we’re out on the river, so it’s strictly no smoking or vaping inside, but you’re able to light up on the sundecks.

On the boats, almost anything goes – dress up your Stags, dust down the ‘L Plates’, channel your inner Jack Sparrow, or just come as you are. But please ensure any fancy dress is deemed non-offensive.  Whilst trainers, jeans and shorts are permitted onboard, please remember that if we’re arranging nightclub entrance for you, the clubs do have a strict ‘no leisure wear’ dress code. If you have any doubts, we recommend checking with the post cruise clubs directly.

Feel Good Party Music!!

Our resident DJs have tracks for all occasions, from past to present, from chart toppers and RnB/garage bangers to club classics and cheesy party anthems… if you want to hear something particular, all of our DJs will happily take requests on the night.

Warning: dodgy requests may result in your fellow sailors making you walk the plank.

If you “can’t stop, can’t stop your feet”, then we are able to get you free guestlist nightclub entrance at a range of popular London clubs (Ministry of Sound, Popworld, Be at One, Beduins and more. This must be requested at the time of booking.

We’re sure that you’ll love every minute of our parties and simply won’t want it to end, but, in case of a mutiny, we’re not able to stop the boat until the advertised time – however, if it’s a medical emergency, our captain can pull alongside and allow the relevant party to disembark.
We do not recommend jumping overboard, even if you consider yourself an Olympic swimmer!

Whether it’s Ladies Night, a Sport’s Social, a Hen Party or a Stag Do, you’re all welcome. On occasion we may seek the Captain’s approval, or look to ensure that the boat has a good demographic mix, with the view of ensuring a positive party atmosphere.

Our caterers and vessels all have exceptional food hygiene ratings and run a tight ship when it comes to health and safety. For that reason, party-goers are not permitted to bring their own food or drink.

Groups of 20+ are entitled to a discounted price and as a thank you for arranging the booking, the group organiser receives a free ticket.  Keyworkers also receive a discounted price. Contact the event’s team for more info.

We’re all about creating a fun, enjoyable party atmosphere for everyone. Therefore, any seating on our party boats is non reservable. Throughout the night, people tend to move between floors, the outside deck and bar area. Meaning tables and chairs often become available at various stages.
But, if you want to reserve an area nearby to start the party pre-cruise, just let us know and we can give you some more info?

Let’s face it, we’re all a bit more conscious of what we’re eating and we get that – so just let us know your dietary preferences when you book and we’ll ensure you’re covered. Vegetarians, vegans, gluten free, halal are all catered for upon prior request. Sorry but we cannot guarantee a ‘no nut environment’.

Boat Party tickets are non-refundable, but we will always try and be as flexible as possible. So, if you give us with as much notice as you can, we are sometimes able to move you to a future date or offer alterative suggestions to soften any loss. Please note though, that this is not always guaranteed due to our operating costs.

Awesome! We offer flexible payment options.
Pay in FULL with a card click here (booking fee applies)
Pay by bank transfer (no booking fee). You can either pay an initial DEPOSIT or in FULL. Email [email protected] or call 020 3370 0998 to request the details.

If you book online, there are 2 parts to your confirmation.
Part 1 – Upon making your payment, you will automatically receive a booking confirmation and eticket.
Part 2 – You will be emailed the week prior to departure (usually on the Monday) with all the necessary boarding details i.e. boat name, pier/location & times.

If you book via bank transfer, upon receiving your payment, we will manually send you an email confirmation.  Your e-ticket will then be emailed the week prior to departure (usually the Monday) with all the necessary boarding details i.e. boat name, pier/location & times.

We get that it can be confusing with various websites all offering boat parties. We have a few different websites ourselves. We also have numerous party planning Agents and Suppliers that place their bookings with us. So even if you don’t book with us directly, there’s a likelihood that we’ll still be welcoming you aboard our ship. This emphasises our long standing credibility and that you can book with confidence. And don’t forget our PRICE MATCH PROMISE! With an increasing number of ticket selling platforms, please be warned ‘me hearties’ that there are also some ‘Pirates’ out there that make invalid claims, or only offer a limited number of dates and tend to use older/smaller boats. Where as we have run ALL year round for 50+yrs and use a large fleet of boats of all sizes. We also receive calls from disgruntled customers informing us of their cruise being cancelled and having to chase refunds for months. We recommend that if there’s no Company address or a landline phone number, take caution.

We use a variety of boats, ranging in size and facilities. As space is limited onboard, many do not have a cloakroom. They do have a rail to hang your coat but this is unattended. Most people utilise the rail or hang their coats on their chairs. The benefit of being out on the river is that nobody can run off during the cruise with someone else’s belongings (unless they want to jump ship and swim!). Everyone embarks and disembarks together.

We cannot store bags. We suggest that you find a nearby ‘locker type’ storage option.

The boats are heated. Whilst they all have outside areas, these are merely additional deck space/areas for you to enjoy the sights and breeze in your hair, or to have a cigarette. The PARTY happens inside, so cold weather or rain won’t affect your enjoyment, nor your hairdo!