Our Boat Charters – Testimonials & Reviews

“I hired the William B for a workshop dinner for 70 people. The cruise lasted for four hours and took in all the main sites from the Millennium Dome to MI6, with the Captain even ensuring we passed the Houses of Parliaments in time for the hourly chimes of Big Ben. The food was good, the bar was well stocked and the top deck made for a great vantage point. All the guests (even longterm Londoners) had a great time and loved seeing London from such a unique vantage point. Everyone on the boat and at Thames Leisure were very helpful and friendly throughout. I would highly recommend this event.”

William B

Tim Scanlon, UCL, Meeting Cruise

“Fantastic day out, helpful staff, the shooting was brilliant fun! Would highly recommend.”

William B, September 2017

Francesca Stump, Tokio Marine Ltd, The Clay Shoot Cruise

“One of the best boat hire companies we have used, the night was absolutely wonderful. Preparation towards the event was extremely simple thanks to a very professional and fast-replying administrative staff. Thank you Hazel!!! ” Thanks again for the delightful evening, would certainly recommend this company to others who desire a great night!

Dutch Master, February 2017

Kings College London, Student Party cruise

“We have hired the small River Cruiser ‘Tideway’ and the event was a success. The staff was very polite and helpful, bar well stocked and the food was very tasty. Great evening and wonderful views! Thank you!!!!”

September 2017

Jana Pierron, Imperial College London

“We used Sailing Barge Will as part of our wedding day. Going through Tower Bridge on the boat was spectacular. The staff went beyond their duty to be helpful and we felt the catering was really well done. The boat is delightful downstairs and they were very accommodating when it came to us decorating the tables. I would fully recommend using sailing Barge Will for your special event.”

Sailing Barge Will, September 2017

Bryony Mattam, Wedding Reception cruise

“We booked Thames Leisure for my father in laws surprise 60th birthday party and the whole team were incredibly helpful, efficient and the communication was amazing. I’ve never planned a party before and was very worried about how it would all be taken care of but they took care of all our needs including the surprise to help us get all the guests to the pier on time for the surprise! All the guests were so happy and had an amazing evening and furthermore my father in law was so incredibly happy and very surprised!! It was such a success of an evening. We opted for street food as cuisine choice and it was absolutely delicious! Could not fault absolutely anything, I would recommend them for any event! Thanks again guys! We’ll see you for the surprise 70th ;)”

William B, March 2018

Emma Robinson, Surprise birthday party cruise

“Thank you to all the staff from the Hawaiian party crew! We had an incredible time and the staff were fantastic! Special shout to the girls in the bar for being so kind and helpful!”

William B, June 2018

Daniel Cuaces, Corporate Hawaiian Garden party cruise

“Helped by the good weather which encouraged us to take full advantage of the very large open deck, we had what proved to be the perfect family and friends day out aboard William B on Saturday 14th April. The starting point was Tower Pier, which is better than many while you wait to board. We had picked a day and time when the tide would be high as we are not keen on looking at mud banks and embankments. Nevertheless Craig the skipper, clearly a highly skilled waterman, adjusted his speed to get as far upriver (and back under Lambeth Bridge) as we wished. Then down to Canary Wharf and return to Tower Pier five hours after departure. The tables in the roomy saloon were stocked with the wines, juices and water precisely as pre-ordered, so there was no scrum at the bar.

We had asked for a commentary, which was very knowledgeably and wittily presented. We had also bought our own music on a laptop which plugged straight into the boat’s system. The grub deserves a special mention. We went for a “hot fork buffet” which was efficiently served. Everybody loved it and the caterers had prepared all the veggie, vegan and other special diets we had asked for. Later we had tea and some yummy scones. William B was clean, including the loos, all the crew and staff were polite, welcoming and friendly and we could not have wished for a better day out.

William B, April 2018

Robert Percival, 75th Birthday Party cruise

“What a fabulous evening, an experience of a lifetime! I attended a private birthday celebration on the gorgeous Sailing Barge Will last week. My excitement about Tower Bridge opening for this beautiful and historic vessel was fully warranted – it was a pleasure to behold. That was followed by dinner below deck in the beautifully restored dining area, a very intimate venue. All the crew were wonderful and I would wholly recommend it as a venue for a very special party. Thank you so much to you all.”

Sailing Barge Will, June 2018

Marcelle Stubbs, Private Dinner Cruise event

“I have spoken with the client this morning and verbally he wanted to thank everyone, especially the DJ and bar staff as all his guests thought the whole day was fantastic!”

Dutch Master, July 2018

Paul Wilderspin, Chubb Insurance, corporate Summer BBQ cruise