Part of London’s iconic charm is the River Thames and its banks are packed with charming restaurants, historic venues and waterside bars. We’ve picked our favourites that offer the best river views for your events, many with indoor space and striking interiors in case of those pesky summer showers…
Between the Canary Wharf skyscrapers, East Wintergarden is a glass atrium that is capable of hosting events on any scales under a sweeping domed roof. Three spaces can accommodate between 40 to 1,000 guests, each with panoramic views of the waterfront.
The spectacular neo-classical Somerset House is a fundamental part of the Thames river skyline and has multiple event spaces that make the most of its striking architecture. The River Terrace is our favourite for summer parties, with space for 500 guests.
Established for more than 60 years, Woods’ Silver Fleets’ luxury river yachts are amongst the capital’s most prestigious venues, renowned for hosting spectacular corporate events on The Thames for world leaders, prominent celebrities and leading international companies. The flagship Silver Sturgeon’s interiors and decks have been created by leading British designers and architects as light, luxe, relaxing spaces in warm, natural colours featuring pure white, oak, grey bird’s eye maple & chestnut. The teak Upper Deck with a dramatic steel and glass bar offers a fabulous reception space. Guests can indulge in the panoramic views of London with a cocktail in hand. The perfect river venue with outside space for 50 to 550 guests.
When you think of the River Thames you think of Southbank, so naturally the beloved Southbank Centre is a top choice for waterside events. Two pavilions are both perfect for summer parties, both with floor-to-ceiling windows for unfortunate rainy days. The St Paul’s Roof Pavilion accommodates up to 150 guests with views over the Cathedral whilst on Level 6, the Weston Roof Pavilion looks out towards the Houses of Parliament with a capacity of 200 standing. For larger groups, both spaces can be hired together.
Next door is the National Theatre, whose new rooftop space is set to open for summer 2018. The exclusive venue will be a fresh, creative backdrop against the views of the Thames. There are also further meeting spaces inside the theatre with capacities of up to 400.
For two decades, Le Pont de la Tour has served French food against the backdrop of Tower Bridge, a view that never gets old. The beloved terrace is one of the best riverside locations in the city with space for up to 400 guests across the restaurant, wine cellar and bar.
At the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe is Swan, a restaurant and event space with beautiful views out to St Paul’s Cathedral. Two rooms boast such dramatic backdrops through large French windows, our favourite being the Balcony Room which can stand 120 guests indoors and out on its own Juliet balcony.
The list wouldn’t be complete without IET London that combines cutting-edge technology with breath taking views. Almost every famed part of the city skyline can be seen from the Johnson Roof Terrace which can host parties for up to 200.
At over 100 years old, the Greenwich Yacht Club has catered for sailors, rowers and motor-boaters along the Thames, offering their 3 spaces for private events of up to 250. Guests can arrive by footbridge or boat to the stilted Clubhouse and enjoy a decked terrace, Banqueting Hall or bar each with panoramic water views.
Perhaps the best way to get a Thames view is to sail the river itself, which is exactly what’s on offer with Bateaux London. Two vessels ride the waters hosting up to 150 guests on each for dinner-dances, drinks receptions or award ceremonies.
One of 2017’s biggest openings continues to be a hit, with hard-to-beat river views from over 2,300sqm of event space. 10 individual spaces can host up to 600 guests, each with floor-to-ceiling windows, iconic views or outdoor terraces.
Tower Bridge is the ultimate venue for riverside views, being located across the Thames of course. Not only can guests look out from east to west on the Walkways but a glass floor 42m above the waters means that they can dine and drink with London beneath their feet. Two other spaces can accommodate up to 250 and are equally atmospheric including the Victorian Engine Rooms that contain the engines once used to power the Bridge lifts.
The riverside terrace of British Butlers Wharf Chop House is where Londoners spill out in the summer from 4 semi-private dining areas inside the restaurant. The terrace can hold up to 300 guests with views of Tower Bridge.
Located next to the Millennium Bridge, Northbank terrace and bar looks out across the river, with the Tate Modern in direct sight. Perfect for summer months, the outdoor space can accommodate up to 100 with room for a further 75 guests in the glass-fronted restaurant.
Moored permanently at Temple Pier, this 1920’s steam vessel offers a 3am license, alfresco Top Deck and views of the iconic London skyline. 250 guests can be accommodated and party all night with a resident DJ and Saxophonist as well as on deck BBQs perfect for summer parties.
The Ivy’s private dining room for up to 150 standing guests looks out across Tower Bridge, with classically colourful interiors on the first floor. 52 guests can enjoy a sit down dinner across two tables, enjoying the restaurant’s classically brilliant British menu.
The Grade-1 listed clipper ship is the feature of Greenwich’s riverside, welcoming tourists and groups of up to 450 to be entertained along its deck. The main space offers fantastic views over to Canary Wharf and beyond and of course is a spectacular setting.
If you are looking for more inspiration for your party venue, check out our top rooftop spaces in London or top summer party venues in the City. If you are looking for a venue for your next event, then don’t hesitate to contact the Banks Sadler team on 0207 424 3333.