It’s taken me a little while to get round to this post as I’ve been off work with a broken foot – but I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t tell you about my amazing experience on Bateaux London! They very kindly took me for dinner aboard the Symphony the other week to see what they offer in terms of venue space and the whole experience – so here’s my honest review.
The boat shown above is the Harmony, which holds up to 200 banqueting style or 220 for a standing reception. The nicest feature in my opinion is the roof terrace – unfortunately it wasn’t dressed for service when I visited so I couldn’t get a picture but it’s really spacious and I’m sure would offer a lovely atmosphere for guests to enjoy warm weather. Just make sure not to have too much to drink in case you fall off!
I visited the Symphony for dinner, which doesn’t have a roof terrace but does have fully glass windows so it’s almost like you’re in a big conservatory. Amazingly this boat can hold up to 300 for a standing reception which is decent sized considering you’re on the water! Both receptions and dinners start from £105pp for private hire, and lunches are a little cheaper.
I was able to enjoy the Premier package which costs £105 and includes a four course meal, welcome drink and wine and water during dinner. This is a little pricy but as the cruise itself is so beautiful, I think I would definitely look at it for a special occasion where I had a decent budget! It would be an extremely impressive date!
The stand-out dish for me was the smoked mackerel rillettes – I’m not usually a beetroot fan as I think it tastes like earth (!) but this was really delicious. I ended up with a clear plate – not bad for someone who doesn’t usually like horseradish either. The lamb was cooked to perfection although personally I’d have liked another potato with it, but then I’m a greedy bugger so that might not be true for everyone… The only thing that disappointed me was the Stilton on the cheese plate. As a Leicestershire girl, I know a good Stilton and just wasn’t a big fan of this one, but each to their own.
There was also live entertainment throughout the cruise, which was the perfect backdrop to my favourite part – the views. Any jaded Londoner cannot fail to be impressed by sunset over the city on a warm day, and the beautiful way it lights up at night. Being able to watch the river go by from my dinner table and also to grab a moment at the stern of the ship was an experience I won’t forget in a hurry.
To find out more about Bateaux London and the packages they have to offer, please click here.