Riverboat restaurants: London’s Top 10 Best Floating Restaurants. Some of London’s most romantic and spectacular views only occur when floating on the river Thames or on one of London’s many canals. This Top 10 guide to London’s best floating restaurants provides inspiration regarding both moored boats and river cruises, and for private hire events and occasions ranging from intimate dining for courting couples, right up to large scale corporate entertaining and weddings. There’s nothing quite like messing about on the river (and canal).
Westminster / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Eclectic
City Cruises is the No.1 sightseeing tour on the Thames. Cruises depart every 30 minutes, every day of the week, all year round. Explore the sights of the River Thames from four piers - Westminster, London Eye, Tower Pier and Greenwich. The fleet of boats is designed to give you the best vantage point of river life. City Cruises also offers lunch and afternoon tea cruises, RiverLights/Sundowner evening cruises with bubbly, canapés and live music and the London Showboat dinner cruise with live entertainment. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views either from open air upper deck or comfortable saloon.
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: European
Moored next to Embankment, R.S. Hispaniola offers best of two worlds with beauty pampering provided by world-known make up brand Benefit and delicious food prepared by our own chef. A unique venue perfect for cocktails with colleagues, afternoon tea with friends, and brunch, lunch or dinner with family. All areas of the venue area also available for private hire.
London Shell Co.
Paddington / Restaurant / Cuisine: Seafood
For those Londoners who yearn for a supper club dynamic, at which you're able to chat with like-minded adventurous dining companions, combined with a relaxing cruise along London's famous Regent's Canal: welcome to The Prince Regent. This refurbished canal boat has a small kitchen, an even smaller bar, and a highly professional, welcoming crew who'll create a magical evening for you. The short, set menu is game and water-based, updated daily according to what is in season, and bolstered by an enlightening wine list. A fun night out for anyone who hungers for something unique.
The Yacht London
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern European
This 1920s luxury steam yacht - which recently had a £1m restoration - is moored permanently between Embankment and Temple. It has four event areas - great for corporate entertaining, weddings, and other private dining celebrations - over three decks and a 3am events licence. Also, the onboard Gibson's restaurant serves lunch and afternoon tea Tuesday to Saturday (12-4pm) and dinner on the same days (6-9pm). The menu borders on haute cuisine with a multitude of flavours appearing on every plate; just look at the Berkshire pork fillet medallions wrapped in smoked pancetta, served with creamed curly cabbage, Bramley apple croquettes and madeira jus, for example.
Bateaux London Restaurant Cruises
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: International
Searching for a river cruise to suit your needs? Well this glass sided boat (affording the best vantage points for the Houses of Parliament, Tate Modern, the Tower of London, and The Cutty Sark) has a river cruise for everyone: lunch cruises, dinner cruises (with resident live band), Sunday lunch jazz cruises, afternoon tea cruises, and even cruises that are inclusive of West End theatre tickets once you disembark. Several private dining spaces can be hired as well for birthdays, engagements and seasonal celebrations or corporate events and meetings. The restaurant's seasonal menu is filled with fresh, sustainable produce, providing the base for the Head Chef's modern British cuisine.
Feng Shang Princess
Swiss Cottage & Primrose Hill / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Chinese
This elaborately decorated, hand crafted Chinese restaurant moored along the banks of the Regent's Canal, opposite London Zoo and between Primrose Hill and Regent's Park, is walking distance from Camden tube station (and a nice stroll it is too). It is also a meat lovers floating paradise. Whatever once had a heartbeat and lived on land or in the sea is now likely to appear on the broad Asian menu. The chefs onboard the Feng Shang floating restaurant sauté, stir fry, grill, steam, and braise a multitude of tasty meats (there's even a Crispy Vegetarian Duck on the menu!?). A unique restaurant in so many ways.
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: Bar
Bar&co is located and moored at Temple Pier, and running as a fully licensed bar, restaurant and nightclub we host a number of events. Only 5 minutes from Holborn and right outside Temple Station in this unique location with views to the London Eye, Big Ben and Oxo tower. Friendly staff make sure you have a night to remember and enjoy a drink by the beautiful banks of the river Thames. There's an open deck with mini bar and TV and the main lower deck with dancing and sitting area, DJ area. A late license till 3 am and the total capacity for the boat can be up to 130 people.
The Tattershall Castle
Westminster / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: British
The Tattershall Castle is one of the most ideal bars in London for enjoying alfresco dining and drinks. It has a spacious deck area unrivalled amongst similar venues in the vicinity, whilst the indoor bars are fully air-conditioned. Their 'sharing or not' section of the menu is great for enjoying with friends or on your own if you are particularly hungry. They have a vast array of cocktails and an exceptional list of gins and rums.
Battersea / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Bar
This famously hard to find boat serves inexpensive comfort food and pub grub (including a decent number of vegetarian options) and an affordable wine list that doesn't sail past £35 (unless you fancy tucking into the Champagne). But food and wine really play second fiddle to the boat's main draw card: the entertainment (well, that and the fact that you're on a boat, obviously). Comedy, cabaret, and live music ranging from classical and jazz to beatbox and Irish folk appears on the tiny stage almost each night of the week (excepting nights that are booked for private events). There's also the occasional boat party, complete with dancefloor, DJ decks and sunset views over the Thames.
The Floating Boater
Maida Vale & St Johns Wood / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern British
Don't let the singular name deceive you because The Floating Boater is actually two canal boats, not just one, both available for private charter. These can accommodate anywhere between 2 and 80 guests and are ideal for any special occasion including weddings, birthdays, hen and stag parties and corporate entertaining. There is a wide range of food options with a variety of formal, buffet and finger food menus on offer. Both boats have fully stocked bars and entertainment including DJs, casinos and magicians can also be booked for your event. These charter routes take in some of London's most beautiful but lesser known urban landscapes.
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