Boat parties in London

Ahoy there, party people. Plot a course for aquatic fun and get your dancefloor kicks on the Thames

At a certain time of year, Londoners start pretending they're in Cannes and begin a season of partying hard on the waves. There are all kinds of brilliant boat bashes taking place, so find your sea-legs, learn your port from your starboard and hit one of these nautical but nice events. 

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Boat parties in London

Bangface Boat Party

Critics' choice

One of the few certain truths in dance music is that industrial strength rave crew Bangface know how to party. Thus, this pirate-themed boat bash from them hosted on party vessel The Dutch Master should be all kinds of ridiculous fun. Soundtracking your journey along the Thames will be various masters of jungle, old-school, acid house, nosebleed techno and breakcore. Head starboard for starry eyes aplenty.

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Tower Millennium Pier Saturday June 13 2015

The Bootleg Club’s Thames Summer Boat Party

The grand HMS President vessel (covered in camouflage ‘dazzle paint’ from artist Tobias Rehberger) hosts this dapper do, fuelled by a seven-piece Harlem swing band. Smart period dress is essential, say organisers, so chuck on that fancy ’20s gear you use for your one posh party a year and get jiving on deck.

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Victoria Embankment Saturday June 13 2015

Hundreds Boat Party with Jonas Rathsman

Critics' choice

Swedish master of melodic house Jonas Rathsman will be throwing around all kinds of deep grooves at this boat party, alongside various DJ pals. It's a daytime affair (2pm-6pm) and after mooring up, the action switches from water to dry land, hitting Dalston club The Nest for an all-nighter from 10pm.

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Westminster Pier Saturday June 13 2015 - Sunday June 14 2015

Solu Boat Party

Deep house don Saytek hoists his progressive four-four cuts aboard two-floored party boat the Golden Flame for this nautical shindig. Helping him man the decks and knock out further top beats are other selector shipmates including Theo Komp and Alex Kleve.

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Temple Pier Saturday June 13 2015

Buttoned Down Disco: Midsummer's Eve Boat Party

Critics' choice

The rip-roaring indie disco climbs aboard moored party barge Tamesis Dock. Resident DJ Christian Laing spins the usual infectious blend of electro-rock and hip hop, plus indie-pop mash-up madness, peppered with cheesy hits and student party anthems. Dress up in nautical garb to get into the spirit, and even though Tamesis is moored, don't leave your sea-legs at home – this baby sways with the Thames tide like a one-legged pirate after too much rum.

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Tamesis Dock Saturday June 20 2015 - Sunday June 21 2015

Soundcrash Boat Party

Critics' choice

You think Duran Duran enjoyed lording it up on a boat in their ‘Rio’ video? You’ll have even more fun at this boat party thanks to top promotions team Soundcrash. Just swap yacht rock and sleazy visual metaphors for genre-masher DJ Vadim blasting out hip hop, reggae and breaks. Also supplying the sublime sounds are Real Roots and DJ BobaFatt.

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Tower Millennium Pier Saturday June 20 2015

Overboard

A series of summer boat parties in London, featuring DJs spinning anything from house to hip hop to garage to disco aboard various party vessels on the Thames. Nomadic clubbing collective Cirque Du Soul will be selecting the tunes at the launch, and there’ll be two on-board bars serving grog

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Tower Millennium Pier Saturday July 4 2015

Congo Natty Family Boat Takeover

Critics' choice

Celebrated jungle music figurehead Congo Natty, AKA Rebel MC, will be putting on his captai's hat to bring beats and bass to a party boat on the Thames. As ever, Natty will be on the mic and his canny crew of low-frequency addicts – including Tenor Fly plus Nanci and Phoebe – will help supply banging basslines and deep, dubby treats.

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Temple Pier Saturday July 25 2015

Summer Drum 'n' Bass Boat Party

Critics' choice

No prizes for guessing what this one's all about, but who needs prizes when you've got Brazilian D&B hero DJ Marky ripping up a boat with fluid grooves and ballsy beats? Also on board during this heavyweight party voyage is SP: MC to provide the rhymes.

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Tower Pier Saturday August 1 2015

London’s best roofotp parties

Rooftop parties in London

Soak up some of London's best parties and sounds form way up high this summer. The weather is improving, so head up to the best rooftop venues and get giddy.

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Comments

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Louise H
Louise H

If you are looking for a boat party in London stay away from London Party Boats. We booked for 6 people at £100 a ticket for the NYE cruise and it was so disappointing. I have written to complain but only received a rude email from the managing director in return. Thoroughly let down and think this experience is mi sold. What a waste of money - hope others don't make the same mistake.