Evocative, stylish, in a class of their own, the boats of our heritage fleet are charming, traditional and smaller than the boats of our more modern fleet.

Whilst every boat in the City Cruises fleet is available for private hire, we have a fleet within the fleet which we call our bespoke boats or heritage fleet. These are more traditional in their style, featuring wood panelled interiors and are of a design more reminiscent of a bygone era, and even more characterful for it. We are very fond of our bespoke boats and if you are looking for a more intimate experience afloat, these are the boats for you.

They are the Mayflower Garden, the MV Eltham and the MV Westminster. Everyone is a gem in its own right.


Good things come in little packages and that is true of the MV Westminster.  This boat has its own loyal client base who love the wood interior and traditional but flexible internal layout.

In the summer her lovely open deck is set with rattan sofas and informal seating, perfect for sunset cocktail, BBQ and party cruises.

Key features:

  • Traditional Style Boat
  • Great for smaller events
  • Formal Dining for 40
  • Parties for 60 (winter) and 80 (summer)
  • Flexible seating on the main inside deck.
  • Large Open Deck with Rattan sofas and chairs
  • Max Licenced Capacity – Sightseeing 200

One of our events team favourite boats.  She’s also pretty quick making her ideal for transfers.  Her fixed seating enables 60 to be able to enjoy dinner in comfort with reception drinks and dancing in her forward space.

Wheelchair Accessible with accessible toilet facilities she is a versatile contemporary boat on the river.

Key features:

  • Popular Vessel for smaller groups
  • Heated and Air Conditioned
  • Dancefloor
  • Formal Dining for 60
  • Up to 80 guests for informal parties
  • A faster boat great for transfers
  • Accessible
  • Max Licenced Capacity – Sightseeing 250

Fully refurbished 2015 this boat was added to our sightseeing fleet. However her flexible interior layout has made her very popular with our private clients who are looking for smaller spaces.. 

Key features:

  • Redesigned and refurbished in 2015
  • Popular for the smaller groups
  • Formal Dining for 20
  • Parties for 50 (winter) and 80 (summer)
  • Flexible seating on the main inside deck.
  • Large Open Deck
  • Max Licenced Capacity – Sightseeing 200

For more information about our private hire pack, please call our events team on +44 (0)20 77 400 411 or fill out our enquiry form by clicking the link below.