In the second of our four-part series for group dining ideas, we take a look at dining afloat.Restaurant evenings and other dining experiences have always been popular with groups – the perfect social activity for friends to catch up or strangers to get to know each other. Fiona Horan casts her eye over a menu of assorted delights.
Step off the land and enjoy a meal afloat, whilst watching the sights of London passing by. City Cruises offer this pleasure with a range of dining cruises, one of which – tides permitting – goes as far down river as the Thames barrier.Another operator is Bateaux London with lunch cruises, afternoon tea cruises, dinner cruises and a Sunday jazz cruise – which sounds like a very mellow way to enjoy Sunday in London. Their subsidiary Bateaux Windsor have a new restaurant cruise further up river against the backdrop of Windsor Castle, as well as many other tasty trips to choose from.
Also operating out of Windsor is French Brothers who offer delightful dining boat itineraries including a vintage tea cruise on an Edwardian steam boat.
Another highlight of their programme is their combined Savill Garden and river boat cruise – which includes entry to Savill Garden, lunch and cream tea. Sounds perfect! The company cater well to GTOs with an extensive menu of trips exclusively for groups.