There’s nothing quite like sailing down a river with the wind in your hair and a drink in your hand…that is, unless you get sea sick, because drunk-ness and sea sickness do NOT go well together (trust us on that…) But we’re assuming any of you that do probably won’t be reading this. So, let us present you with the 5 best boozy boats and barges in London. They’re so good that you’ll feel like you’re on a yacht in the south of France. That is, if you’re in a waterproof and about 11 vodkas down..
1. Subsoul Summer Residency
Running right through July, these day-and-night/boat-and-club parties showcase the SubSoul label: a spin-off from the mega-popular YouTube house music channel. With acts including Chris Lorenzo, Bodhi, Low Steppa and Mak & Pasteman playing out across daytime boat parties and evening sessions at Dalston party pit The Nest, it’s unsurprising that they’ve proved popular. And, seeing as it’s half way through July already pretty much, it’s ‘aboat’ time you get yourself down there! The next one is Saturday 16th July, but if that’s a bit too spontaneous for you, there’s one next weekend too. Yay.
2. Move @ Amor Boat/Lightbox
This, our friends, is a two-parter. First, move your hips, arms and in fact all body parts aboard the Amor Boat, meeting at Westminster Pier for an evening of ship-faced madness. Sailing along the beautiful Thames is the perfect way to start a night, with two decks of London’s best underground DJ’s. And that ain’t all of it. Next, shimmy over to the legendary Lightbox club, one of the most immersive clubbing venues in the capital, where the talented David Pher (Viva) and Newbie Nerdz (Gruuv) will be playing! Spread out over three rooms, we advise getting a chilled beverage and staking your spot in what’s going to be one of the most memorable nights on the 2016 calendar. Tickets are from £5 and it’s taking place on 23rd July! All aboard!
3. Canal Boat Party
Embark on your very own party down the Regent’s Canal aboard the Canal Party Club! The boat is all yours (apart from the captain, unfortunately), and you can bring your own booze, food, decorations (seriously) and music as there is an iPod socket to soundtrack your party along the way. And, in the likely event of rain or cold weather #englishsummer the boat has transparent covers and a small heater for you to snuggle up to. Join the Canal Boat Party Club now!
4. Battersea Barge
Ok, so not a boat party exactlyyyyyy…but Battersea Barge is just too good to leave off any round up of river-related fun times. This floating venue hosts music, comedy and cabaret entertainment, as well as being a delicious restaurant and available for private hire. The Barge itself is a former 1930s converted Dutch grain barge (seriously), and is open daily serving food and a wide range of drinks, the Barge is actually surprisingly very spacious, with the upper deck remaining open to the public even when there is an event on the lower deck. Not only that, but all in view of the iconic and sensational Battersea Power Station!
Nine Elms Ln, SW8 5BP
5. Retro Gaming VS Silten Disco: The MEGA Yacht Party
An absolute must for fans of retro gaming and silent disco antics, REZtron are hosting their 2016 summer party from the Sunborn Yacht Hotel, moored in the Royal Victoria Dock. If you’re after something a bit different, this is the place for you. You’ll be joined by retro gamers and party people alike for a night out against the backdrop of stunning panoramic views of the skyline. HONK HONK!
At the Sunborn Yacht on Friday 5 August 2016.
6. Alfred le Roy
Crate Brewery in Hackney have opened up a boozy barge for the summer, to keep our summer afloat. They’re serving up cocktails, beer, wine and food (including delicious sharing charcuterie boards) while moored. Alfred le Roy also offer private hire and 2 hour canal cruise experiences, which must be booked in advance. For more info, check out their website. Alternatively, check out these Hackney pubs!
Canalside Mooring 7 Queens Yard,, White Post Ln, Hackney Wick E9 5EN
Featured Image Credit: TimeOut