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Ahoy, Matey – These Thames Boat Parties Will Celebrate Iconic Eras Of Music

A cruise on the River Thames doesn’t mean having to quietly obverse the bank-side attractions in subdued fashion. Oh, no. If you opt for one of the boat parties below, you’ll see lovely city-centre views while listening to a lively soundtrack from an iconic era of music instead! With departure dates all through the year, live DJs and plenty of dance floor space, your cruise will be anything but bland. What’s more, all Thames boat parties include entry to an after-party at Popworld, so the good times needn’t stop the moment you step onto dry land. There ain’t no party like a Thames boat party!

river thames boat party in the evening

Super troupers, unite! This ABBA boat party will set sail from Blackfriars Pier, blasting the biggest dance hits from the Swedish pop group. As you travel down the Thames, you’ll also travel back in time to the 70s hey-day of knee-high boots, wide-legged trousers, and sequins galore. Across four hours, expect lively music and breathtaking views of the city. The boat sails on May 28, July 30, September 24 and November 26 – buy your tickets here.

DJ at a boat party

Are the 80s more your bag? More specifically are George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley your men? If the answer is yes, this Wham! boat party will be right up your street (well, river). The four-hour cruise will blast out the pop duo’s greatest hits like the aforementioned I’m Your Man, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and Club Tropicana, letting you to dance the evening away, as you pass London’s landmarks. You’ve got the choice of various dates (and seasons) throughout the year – June 4, August 6, September 17 and November 19 – so, Do It Right and get your ticket here.

ABBA Boat Party

Channel your inner Cher Horowitz, or slip on that denim jacket: the 90s are calling. Pumping a playlist of the ultimate throwback tunes, this four-hour cruise will take you along the Thames as you sing your heart out your favourite bangers from 30 years ago (yes, the early 90s were that long ago… outrageous). You’ll have the chance to rediscover long forgotten one-hit-wonders, as well as celebrate the acts who have stood the test of time. This 90s Thames boat party will set sail from Blackfriars Pier on July 30; grab your tickets quickly, so you don’t miss out.

ABBA Boat Party

Forget the Spice World bus, it’s time to board the Spice Girl boat party, instead! Dance the night away onboard a vessel leaving from Blackfriars Pier, blasting four hours of Spice Girls anthems. Top DJs will be spinning their decks as you party away on deck (or in the warmer, covered areas on the winter dates). You’ll be slamming it to the left and shaking it to the right, as you’ll most definitely be having a good time and feeling fine. Tickets are available here for May 14, June 11, July 16, August 13, September 10, October 1, November 5 and December 3.

people party with tower Bridgerton in the background

Enjoy some cruising and grooving on this London boat party where you’ll embark on a four-hour journey along the Thames accompanied by some dance-inducing tunes from top DJs. The party will be in full swing from 8pm until midnight, and once you reach the shore you can keep the good times going with an after party at Popworld London or Ministry of Sound. Music will be spilling two party decks, so there’s sure to be plenty of space on the dance floor to make waves with your impressive moves. The floating festivities will be taking place almost every weekend from June 4 to late October, get your tickets here.

Woman illuminated in blue dances among a crowd

It won’t just be one dance you’ll be having at this epic boat party, but with the irresistible beats of Drake’s biggest hits pumping from the speakers you’ll be busting some (no doubt impeccable) moves until your feet hurt. Luckily, the bobbing boat can take over here, keeping you swaying late into the night – that and booze from the onboard bar fuelling an unforgettable evening of Drake-fuelled revelry. All your favourite hits from the Canadian rapper and songwriter will be played, including Nice For What, One Dance, Hotline Bling, Look Alive, In My Feelings, Passionfruit and many more. Dates span from June to November (June 18, August 20, October 22 and November 19) grab your tickets here.

Woman with heart-shaped sunnies holding a beer grins at camera

All you killer queens, fat-bottomed girls and good old-fashioned lover boys climb aboard! This epic Queen-themed boat party sail-abrates the best of the iconic British rock band with four hours of their biggest hits. Passengers will float along the Thames listening to legendary tracks such as Bohemian Rhapsody (the perfect chance to test you and your friend’s harmonies), We are the Champions, Another One Bites The Dust and many more from their brilliant repertoire. Don’t miss out and grab your tickets here, there are multiple dates to choose from. Who knows, while you’re there you might even find somebody to love…

group of women pose for photos with drinks

Lace up your Reebok hightops, wiggle into your acid wash jeans, straighten your shoulder pads and zhuzh up your hair (the bigger the better), an epic 80s’-themed party is floating into town and you will want to be aboard for this ride. Setting sail from Blackfriars Pier, London 80’s Boat Party whisks you back to through the decades with iconic hits from the time of mixtapes, etch-a-sketch, Tetris and The Breakfast Club. You’ll be able to quench your thirst with bevvies from the on board bar before hitting the deck (aka dancefloor) for an irresistible sing-a-long to tunes from the likes of Madonna, Duran Duran, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson and Tina Turner. There’s even access to an afterparty for those who fancy grooving til the break of dawn. Find out more about dates and tickets here.