You don’t have to be in Ibiza or Magaluf for a booze cruise — the Thames is just as crazy as the Balearic Sea, didn’t you know?
Moor often than knot you’ll find yourself wanting to party on the Thames, so it’s aboat time you did. (Okay, maybe not, but the exaggeration was worth it for the punnery.) We’ve rounded up ten of the very best summer boat parties that London has to offer.
1. ABBA Boat Party – June 16
This four-hour jaunt will roll down the river to the tunes of ABBA’s best hits. The fun begins with a complimentary drink, and Dancing Queens will no doubt make a beeline for the top deck, where a live DJ will spin out a mix of ABBA classics – along with some chart hits to switch things up a little. There’ll be stunning views of The Shard, Tower Bridge, The Globe, and a whole host of other famed sites, all set to the tune of top-notch 70s pop. Get your tickets here.
2. DJ Decks and Party Anthems on the Thames – Saturdays
This Thames sunset cruise is the perfect way to start a summer’s evening. With two decks banging out top tunes, the boat will set off from Crown Pier with some of London’s best DJs on board. Get ready for the likes of Van George, Totally Addicted and Eddie Van Poppel. It’s a weekly party that you won’t want to miss! Get your tickets here.
3. Skylines Summer Day Boat Party — June 8
Day drinking is a Londoner’s favourite pastime, and where better to take part in such activity than on a boat along the Thames? This daytime party will be dishing out BBQ grub and Ibizan beats from top DJs such as Ben Lauder and KAMEROL. You’ll even get entry to a top secret after-party. Get your tickers here.
4. Floating Jazz — June 11
Fever’s Floating Jazz Club takes to the waters of the Thames each month and it’s a concert quite unlike any other. Hosted at the fabulous Tamesis Dock—the barge-turned-nightlife venue—you’ll hear the rhythms of excellent jazz before enjoying views of the London from the river. (Don’t worry, the performance space is all indoors so you’ll be nice and cosy!) Get your tickets here.
You may not have been *adopt Springsteen voice* born in the USA, but there’s nothing stopping you from celebrating the American Day of Independence. Hop on board this 4th of July Boat Party for the ultimate US Fest, featuring an all-American track list, a themed quiz and spectacular views of… not America. Oh and come clad in stars and stripes because there are free drinks to be won for the best dressed! Get your tickets here.
6. Amor Boat Party and After Party — Saturdays
Start your night with a 4 hour boat cruise, promising top-class DJs, spectacular views of the city and plenty of boozing and boogying. Once you’re back on land, you’ll head straight to Egg to continue the party — if you’re not already totally ship-faced and ready to go home, that is. Get your tickets here.
7. The London Craft Beer Cruise — July 13, August 10, September 7
If you’re a bit of a beer geek, you might just love the London Craft Beer Cruise — a four hour floating celebration of London’s top breweries. Check out the city’s best landmarks as you sip on some of London’s best beers, including IPAs, pale ales, lagers and stouts. General tickets include one drink onboard, while the ‘Beer Lover’ ticket includes five. Purchase them here.
8. Xposed Boat Party ‘Summer Series’ and After Party — Saturdays
Xposed are throwing the ultimate summer boat party, with two decks dedicated, respectively, to house and urban hits. You’ll cruise past London’s most iconic landmarks before heading to a secret after party at one of London’s best clubs. Get your tickets here.
9. UKG Brunch Boat — June 8, July 13, August 10
Having blasted the tunes across a series of London venues, UKG Brunch have now decided to take to the Thames for UKG Brunch On The Boat. It pretty much does exactly what you’d think – in that it’s brunch, on a boat, with a whole lot of UKG beats. Spinning the decks on deck are the likes of Aurie Styla, Pied Piper, #BBBrown, and DJ Spin.E.B, with four and a half hours of garage awaiting you on board. Get your tickets here.
10. Kevin & Perry Go Large Tribute Boat Party — July 20
Get ready for four hours of all things Kevin & Perry: one of the funniest and most quotable comedies of our generation. Expect lots of drinking, ravin’, misbehavin’ and havin’ it large in the British sunshine! With one of dance music’s best love movie soundtracks, you’ll be listening to the best of ‘Acid House & Pumpin House’, ‘Commercial Pumpin & Balearic Pumpin’ and all the ‘Sash & Chicane’ you could ever hope for. Get your tickets here.
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