Boat accommodation on the River Thames

The River Thames in London with Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the background
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Given the importance of the River Thames to the growth of the city of London over the course of history, it seems only right that we feature some London based ‘floating accommodation’ on the Stay In Britain website!

When looking for accommodation in London, most people search for expensive hotels in the West End and overlook the more quirky options which are available if you know where to search. And what could be better than waking up in London listening to the sound of water bouncing gently on the hull of your overnight accommodation!

And there is another very good reason to stay on or very near the River Thames. Not only does the river offer some of the nicest viewpoints of London’s finest buildings, it also accommodates an incredibly convenient transport system between the major tourist attractions.

TFL River Thames Clipper in London
Transport For London – Thames Clipper

TFL’s (Transport For London’s) high speed river services start at Hampton Court in the West and finish at Woolwich in the East. There are six different ferry routes to choose from with each offering many different stops along the river at key locations such as Canary Wharf, the London Eye and the Tower of London. Simply hop-on and hop-off at the destinations which interest you most! Find out more at 
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Accommodation on the River Thames

Just a few years ago, it was almost impossible to find any boat accommodation on the River Thames near to the city of London. However, recent investment in the Docklands and St Katherine’s Dock have meant that it is now possible to base yourself right on the river during your stay in London. Why not arrange a boat party to get a taste of life on the river!

Stay In Britain’s recommendations:

Seeborn London

Sunborn London at her mooring in The Docklands (London)
Sunborn London – Floating Hotel In London

More superyacht than floating hotel, this 420 foot tribute to an oligarch’s lifestyle is permanently moored in the Royal Victoria Docks. With 131 guest cabins to choose from, many with balconies, the Sunborn enjoys unique views across London’s regenerated docklands area. The hotel also has a day spa and an excellent restaurant onboard. The yacht is just a minute’s walk from ExCeL London and under a five minute walk to the Dockland’s Light Railway. For more information, visit the Sunborn website.
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Sailing Barge Will

Sailing Barge Will on the River Thames in central London
Sailing Barge Will on the River Thames © Image courtesy of Thames Leisure

Built in 1925 as the largest steel hulled Thames Sailing Barge ever built, Will is 97 feet long (29.75m). After a distinguished career in World War II where she survived several attacks by German forces, Will was bought by P&O in 1970 and fitted out as a luxury board room and served in this capacity for the company’s Directors until 1999. The barge has several cabins onboard and can be chartered for overnight stays. She operates out of the Pool of London from the Hermitage Community Moorings, Reeds Wharf and St Katherine Dock. Find out more about Sailing Barge Will on the Thames Leisure website.

Absolute Pleasure Yacht

The Absolute Pleasure Yacht - Floating boat accommodation in London
The Absolute Pleasure Yacht – Canary Wharf

Unlike Seeborn which was designed as a floating hotel, the Absolute Pleasure Yacht is actually a superyacht which was launched to serve the super-rich in destinations like St. Tropez. It is now based at Canary Wharf and serves as luxury accommodation. Sleeping up to 10 people, a one night charter costs approximately £2,500. At £250 per head, this does seems expensive but this is truly a unique experience which is perfect for a special occasion. For more information, visit the website of the Absolute Pleasure Yacht.
© Image courtesy of Absolute Pleasure Yacht

The Harpy

The Harpy Boathouse with stunning views across the river towards Tower Bridge
The Harpy House Boat – Central London

Built in 1904, the former HMS Harpy also saw service as a floating office for Customs & Excise. This incredible house boat is based just a short walk from Tower Pier. The views across the river towards Tower Bridge can only be described as stunning. Sleeping 10 people across four bedrooms, the accommodation here represents excellent value given the location. One night for the whole vessel starts at approximately £700. There is a minimum stay of 3 nights. For more information, visit the Harpy’s website.
© Image courtesy of The Harpy

Stay In Britain

Here at Stay In Britain, we feature various types of holiday accommodation including hotels, guest houses, self-catering apartments, wooden lodges and B&Bs (bed and breakfast). Uniquely, we only feature independent properties which you will not usually find on the major booking websites. And because the property owners don’t have to pay commission to these major booking sites, they can offer you the best prices available. Book direct using the contact details supplied. It’s as easy as that!

We wish you an enjoyable Stay In Britain.


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