Celebrations On The River Thames

Celebrations On The River Thames

We have been hosting boat parties on the River Thames for 15 years...

...and we love them! Our 4 party boats make such a great setting for all sorts of celebrations from 40 - 240 guests.

"The trip up the Thames was a perfect thing to do"

Birthday Parties

Why not hire one of our fabulous boats to celebrate a birthday.  Whether you are planning a small party of 40 or bigger affair of up to 240 guests our luxury party boats offer a true venue with a difference.

Board your guests from any Central London pier and cruise along the river taking in the sights and sounds of our beautiful city.  All our boats boast a sundeck for a breath of fresh air and some sunshine (weather permitting) and all are equipped with central heating inside for chillier days.

All boats have a bar on each level selling drinks at reasonable pub prices, as well as DJ areas and dance floors to show off your moves. We can also arrange decorations in the form of balloons and rope lighting, or you can come on before the party to decorate yourselves.

The boats are hired for a minimum of 3 hours in the day time (before 6pm) and 4 hours in the evening, with a latest end time of 1am.  The hire includes the crew and bar staff but there are a variety of optional extras which can be added onto your package if desired.   

Celebrate your birthday on a party boat on the Thames

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  • GS 24/06/17 30th Birthday

    “My son hired The Golden Star for his wife's surprise 30th Birthday. What a great success this was. Myself and son boarded the boat at Temple to get the boat decorated before we got to Tower Pier to get the guests on board in time for the birthday girls arrival. The staff were fantastic. Captain Joe asked us where we would like to go on the river, took on board our suggestions which he delivered to the max. Anyone wanting to give a party this is a must. Thank you Capital Pleasure Boats for a great time.”

    Rosie, Golden Star, 24th June
  • SR 21/11/17 Birthday

    “I hired the Golden Sunrise for my 70th birthday party for about 50 guests. All the staff onboard and in the office were welcoming, efficient and accommodating to my needs. The canapes and buffet were excellent and the DJ kept the party and dancing going. The boat was fantastic, convenient, easy to organise providing great memories and experience for all who came.”

    Gillian Risso Gill, Golden Sunrise, 21st November
  • GS 02/012/17 Birthday

    “A massive thank you to CPBS and all the staff on the Golden Sunrise. Everyone was so helpful and they really made the whole party run smoothly. All the guests had a brilliant time and the boat was perfect. It all went off perfectly thanks to the professionalism of your staff and I'll definitely be recommending CPBS to anyone considering a boat party.”

    Amy Jowett, Golden Star, 2nd December

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Family Celebrations

Our fantastic party boats are great venues for any family celebration from anniversary parties to christenings, Bar Mitzvahs and family reunions.

Hire our boats for a minimum of three hours in the day time (up to 6pm) or 4 hours in the evening.  Included in the hire are your captain, crew and bar staff along with two pier stops to pick up your passengers at the beginning of the function and drop them off at the end.  Whilst Temple Pier is our home pier, our boats can use a variety of Central London piers, subject to availability.  View our river map for the piers we can use.

A variety of optional extras can also be included in your package and our Events Managers are on hand to help you create the perfect celebration. 

  • GJ 17/3/17

    “"CPBS organisation!!!! Thanks a lot for helping me have the party of a life time!!!! All went as planned, my friends and myself had the time of our life, We have a blast, The attention to details your personnel gave was outstanding as well as the service. Thanks a lot!!!! Hope to have the opportunity to organise another event with you soon.”

    Juan, Golden Jubilee, 17th March
  • GS 10/06/17 Birthday

    “Hired the Golden Star for my wife's birthday. She loved it! Great boat, professional friendly crew, catering and DJ! Superb cruise up and down the river taking in all the sights as the sun set. Of course you may have been to busy enjoying yourself inside where the DJ kept the party going and the drinks were flowing! Any regrets on hiring the boat for my wife's party? Only one, it seemed to be over to soon! My advice 4 hours absolute min but 5-6 would be better!”

    Rohit, Golden Star, 10th June
  • GS 8/10/16

    “From the first email inquiry to confirming my final numbers the professionalism and 'Nothing too much trouble' approach by Carol Bowstead was second to none. On the day itself everything went smoothly. The boat itself was a good size and comfortable for our party. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend CPBS as I didn't worry about anything as it was all covered and in writing! Oh and they are reasonably priced too.”

    Isio, Golden Star, 8th October
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Optional extras to make your boat party go with a bang

Contact us for more information, especially if what you want isn't listed as we are always very happy to try to source for you.

  • DJs and bands

    Resident DJ - dance the night away to the best music from the 60’s to present day - from £250 + VAT

    Own DJ - bring on your own DJ with their equipment for a surcharge of £60 + VAT or hire our equipment at £50 ph + VAT

    Karaoke DJ - Your chance to dazzle with your Sinatra or Robbie impressions - from £300 + VAT

    Bands - From string quartets to swing bands, we will help you select the perfect band for your party. POA

  • Drinks

    Each of our boats has a bar on each level, selling drinks at reasonable pub prices.  Drinks can be purchased by individuals (cash bar) or an account bar can be organised.  Reception drinks are a nice way to welcome your guests and can be organised in advance. You can see all our drinks choices here.

  • Catering

    Eating on the Thames is easy with our in-house caterers who can provide classy canapés, a simple buffet or a more lavish Silver Service meal for your guests, click here for all menus. Alternatively you can bring your own catering onto our river boats for a small surcharge. 

  • Casinos

    Full size authentic gaming equipment and professional croupiers for an evening of fun and sophistication - 1 table £330 + VAT, subsequent tables £175 + VAT. Prices are for 3 hours playing (please note that these prices will be subject to a seasonal increase in December, please ask for more information)

  • Photobooth

    A great way of capturing those special moments. Step into the booth, dress up in the props provided and take 4 pictures or record a 10 second video. Guests get an instant copy of the pictures to take away. From £600 + VAT for 4 hours which includes booth hire, attendant, all props, video with green screen, 2 copies of all pictures and memento disc of all pictures and videos. 

Click the images below to find out more about our fabulous river Thames party boats

  • Golden Flame
    100-240 pax

    Golden Flame
    100-240 pax

    2 internal saloons and a large sundeck make the Golden Flame boat suitable for all types of celebrations on the river Thames for 100-240 passengers. Uniquely among our vessels the lower saloon can be closed off, ideal for smaller groups who want two distinct areas for their function.

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  • Golden Star
    40-120 pax

    Golden Star
    40-120 pax

    The Golden Star is the smallest of our river Thames boats but that doesn't mean she is lacking in character! One large open saloon with space for up to 120 guests, plus a sundeck means she is perfectly suited for birthdays, anniversaries, family get-togethers and much more.

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  • Golden Jubilee
    120-240 pax

    Golden Jubilee
    120-240 pax

    The most spacious of our fleet the Golden Jubilee is laid out over 2 decks and has a sun deck capable of holding 150 with ease. Extremely versatile, the Golden Jubilee is ideal for all types of family boat parties and celebrations on the River Thames.

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  • Golden Sunrise
    80-200 pax

    Golden Sunrise
    80-200 pax

    With a snug saloon downstairs, and large open dancefloor/ eating area upstairs the Golden Sunrise is perfectly suited to a wide variety of family celebrations for up to 200 guests. Her split level sun deck to the rear is just the icing on the cake.

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