Things You Should Know

If you are privately hiring one of our boats you will need to read these ‘Things You Should Know’. Call us today on 020 7928 9009 if you have any questions.

Hire Information

Piers, Embarking and Disembarking

River Transfers

We can accommodate river transfers between the numerous Central London piers, avoiding the London traffic, or from Central London down river to Tower Pier, Canary Wharf, Greenwich and beyond. Alternatively, we can go up the river to Chelsea, Putney, Kew and Richmond, subject to tides.


Damage, Loss and Security

The Hirers are liable for any loss or damage to the vessel or equipment which is caused by a member of their party. For certain events the Company will insist on an advance damage deposit and/or the use of the Company’s own security staff. Clients are invited to inspect the vessel with the Captain, prior to embarkation, and to note any damage. They can then re-inspect the vessel with the Captain at the end of the party, when the Captain has completed the disembarkation of all the passengers.

SECURITY – We will require some clients having certain events to hire our preferred security personnel.

Bar Information

Full bar facilities are available on board. Please see our ‘Bar Prices List’ for prices. Boat hire fees include bar staff to serve from the bar. If you require drinks to be circulated this may require extra staff at additional cost, this service must be requested in writing in prior to the function.

BUYING DRINKS ON BOARD: We only accept card payments at the bar onboard.


IF UNAUTHORISED DRINKS ARE BROUGHT ON BOARD, THE FUNCTION WILL BE TERMINATED (with the exception of corkage charged on wines and champagne which must be agreed with the office in writing in advance – see below for corkage charges)

ACCOUNT BARS: ALL ACCOUNT BARS MUST BE REQUESTED IN WRITING and a £20.00 per head deposit is payable in advance as part of your private hire invoice, with the balance being paid by cheque on board at the end of the function.

As our client, you can choose to work your Account Bar a variety of ways including for example…
a) You pay for all drinks your guests consume
b) You only pay for your guests wine /beer/soft drinks (your guests pay for their own spirits)
c) You put a fixed amount of money behind the bar for your guests. Once this is spent guests buy their own drinks

CHAMPAGNE AND WINE LIST: For private parties wine and champagne can be ordered from our ‘Thames Cruises Wine List’. Please ask for a copy.

EXTRA STAFF TO CIRCULATE DRINKS £70.00 (inc VAT) per staff for up to 4 hours

CORKAGE CHARGES for PRIVATE HIRE: We charge corkage for wine and champagne bought onboard by clients which was not ordered from our wine list through our office. Corkage charges must be paid in advance and refunds will be made after the party for any wine not consumed. For the corkage charge we supply glasses, ice, etc, & our staff will serve drinks from the bar.

Corkage Charges: per standard bottle, wine £5.00 per bottle, sparkling wine £7.00 per bottle, champagne £9.00 per bottle.



Noise levels from discotheques are governed by noise limiters & are under the Captain’s control at all times.

MON-THURS £265 (inc. VAT) – EACH EXTRA HOUR £65 (inc. VAT)
FRI-SUN £290 (inc. VAT) – EACH EXTRA HOUR £70 (inc. VAT)

CLIENTS OWN MUSIC Clients bringing their own musical equipment on board for a surcharge of £70 (inc VAT) are responsible for getting it on and off the vessel. Equipment will be disembarked at the same pier as the passengers. The time allowed – max. 20 mins

Our Thames Party Boats

Thames Princess
(60 - 210 ppl)
Thames Princess from Thames Cruises

Large modern style boat. Great for sit down meals.
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Royal Princess
(80 - 245 ppl)
Royal Princess

Large traditional style boat good for parties/club nights.
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River Princess
(60 - 180 ppl)
River Princess from Thames Cruises

Newly refurbished – large reception/dance deck with huge sliding roof.
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(40 - 180 ppl)
The Viscountess from Thames Cruises

Traditional style boat with ample outside space.
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Old London
(30 - 90 ppl)
Old London from Thames Cruises

Perfect boat for a smaller numbers of guests.
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What River Thames Cruise Are You Planning?

Day Hire

Private Boat Hire on the Thames with Thames Cruises

Disco Cruise

Disco Cruise on the Thames with Thames Cruises

Private Hire

Private Hire Cruises available from Thames Cruises

Christmas Cruise

Christmas Cruises on the Thames by Thames Cruises

New Year's Eve Cruise

New Years Eve parties on the River Thames

How to Book one of our Thames Boats

For more information or to book one of our Thames Boats contact us direct today. Call us on 0207 928 9009 or fill in our online enquiry form with your requirements and we’ll get back to you.