About the River Boat Company

The River Boat Company

Our unique fleet of heritage river boats create memorable and exclusive experiences on the picturesque reaches of the Upper Thames between Oxford, Reading, Henley, Marlow and Windsor.

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Heritage River Boat charter on the thames

When you host an event, party or celebration aboard one of our historical river boats, the beautifully-appointed cabins and decks become your own exclusive and intimate space, complete with an attentive crew, private chef and iconic stretches of the River Thames as the backdrop.

Whether it's a three-course lunch, afternoon canapés, sunset cocktails, evening soirée or a party into the night with a live band, we create a bespoke charter package and a completely unique event and memorable experience for you and your guests.

River Boat Charter Thames
Oxford - Goring - Pangbourne - Reading - Sonning - Henley - Marlow - Bray - Windsor

our historical river boats

There are many passenger vessels on the River Thames but none rival our fleet of heritage river boats. Each with a rich history and a unique character, our boats provide a stylish, private and exclusive venue for your event.

Built in Great Yarmouth by Fellows & Co and launched in 1928 as a passenger boat, she started life in Scarborough and Bridlington before being requisitioned by the Royal Navy as a Coastal Defence Patrol Vessel on the east coast during the second world war. In 2022 she became the National Historic Ships 'Flagship of the Year'.

Our very own Little Ship of Dunkirk, The Devon Belle was launched in 1938 at the Ferris & Blank yard in Dartmouth as a passenger boat on the River Dart. In 1940 she took part in Operation Dynamo, as one of the brave little boats that rescued countless allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk. She remained enlisted by the Admiralty throughout the war operating as a launch and participating in the D-Day landings.

Our historic river boats are stylishly appointed, comfortable and designed so that you can enjoy the scenery from both the deck and inside the cabin. Whether you would like to enjoy a seated three-course meal prepared by your private chef, mingle with canapés and cocktails or party to a live band, our boats can adapt perfectly to your plans.

And except in the unlikely event that we're boarded by pirates, you can be assured that no one is going to crash your party!

Get a charter quote online

Start planning your unique event today! Get a quote or make a charter booking enquiry online in just a few easy steps.