The sensational Silver Sturgeon is a design-led river boat available for private charter on the River Thames. With over sixty years experience entertaining everyone from presidents to film stars and hosting everything from corporate launches to birthday parties - you are certain to enjoy an exceptional event for you and your guests.
The Silver Sturgeon event spaces were designed by leading British architects with world-class hospitality in mind. This spectacular boat boasts a stylish 150sqm open air deck with a dramatic steel and glass bar. This space has its own sophisticated lighting system designed for the vessel by the internationally renowned, Sally Storey. Sipping cocktails here on a long hot summer evening, whilst taking in what are arguably the best views of London, is a magnificent experience.
A curvaceous glass staircase with subtly illuminated treads, is the impressive and imposing feature of the venue's main space, the River Room. As well as woven Missoni flooring and an oak dance floor, the River Room has a large leather bench seat, positioned at the very fore of the boat. Here guests can take in the views of London from the river.
The Ensign room features a dramatic bar with a marquetry facade, together with a subtle, pure wool carpet, which reflects the shimmering curves of the Thames’ banks.
The Silver Sturgeon boat can host celebrations for up to 550 standing guests or for up to 458 in a seated capacity. Conferences and meetings, for up to 300 theatre style, benefit from enhanced presentation and screening facilities. And for the presentations, product launches or fashion shows, the River Room also offers a black out blind system.
In 1866 Alfred Woods was apprenticed as a Waterman & Lighterman of the River Thames and 1947 Alfred operated a small ex-World War 2 launch from Irongate Stairs beneath Tower Bridge.
In 1966 Alan Woods, the son of Alfred, built the 'Silver Marlin' the first vessel designed specially for parties. As the concept of entertaining on the River was extremely novel the boat attracted celebrity guests such as Brigitte Bardot, Michael Caine and the first astronauts to land on the Moon. In 1981 Alan Woods was made Waterman to HM the Queen. In 1997 the 'Silver Sturgeon' was launched as the largest passenger vessel ever to operate through the bridges of the River Thames thanks to a revolutionary wheelhouse design by Alan Woods.
The Silver Sturgeon was selected to host a river trip to celebrate HM the Queen's Golden Wedding Celebrations, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry are joined by every European crowned Head of State. In 2007 the Silver Sturgeon underwent a £2 million redesign showcasing a contemporary, 'yacht' interior to celebrate the company's Diamond Anniversary Year.