We are delighted to offer a variety of private hire boats for your enjoyment allowing you take in the beautiful River Thames and surrounding countryside.


Those available to hire via the Beetle & Wedge this year are Klip and Princess Marina.

Klip

Klip, River Cruiser

Looking for a fun way to cruise up and down the Thames? Then look no further than 'Klip', a superb launch that can cater for groups of up to 10 people, Klip is comfortable and versatile, comes complete with canopy for our not so fine summer days and is simplicity when it comes to navigating the river.

You can enjoy Klip at the following rates:

Monday to Friday: 1 Hour £45, 2 Hours £90, ½ Day (4 hours) £160, Whole Day £280

Saturday, Sunday, Bank Hols: 1 Hour £55, 2 Hours £100, ½ Day (4 hours) £170, Whole Day £290

Nina

Nina, Venetian Launch

Simply the most elegant of open cockpit launches. This beautiful circa 1950 18ft long Venetian style launch has been fully refurbished with mahogany planking and floors. She is now electrically powered, and provides a beautiful silent cruise on the water. With comfortable seating, she has an all-weather cover if needed. She is a member of the Thames Vintage Boat Club.

Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza, Day Cruiser

A stunning example of a wooden built day cruiser from the 1930s suitable for up to 8-10 people. Built in 1938 this boat is a fully restored fine example of a classic. Built largely from mahogany on oak she is a credit to the wooden boat builders craft. This 26-foot cruiser is known for its beam and stability. It is one of just 164 built in 1937-38. She was almost entirely rebuilt between 2008 and 2011. She has both lovely inside and outside space to enjoy, and an all-weather cover if needed. She is a member of the Thames Vintage Boat Club.

For more information on Klip & other self drive boats please visit www.avboats.co.uk

Maybe you're looking for a romantic location for an engagement, want to celebrate an anniversary or just entertain a special group of friends? If so please visit www.vintagedaysout.com who we are now working alongside with to provide vintage days out by car or river, this can be combined with afternoon tea or a meal.

Beetle and Wedge Hospitality

Here at the Boathouse we are more than happy to provide picnics on board for special Henley events - so why not enjoy a little Beetle & Wedge hospitality on your special days out on the river.

‘Chef’s Picnic’ - £20.00 per person
Locally Smoked Salmon
Madagascan Crevettes
Selection of Farmhouse Cheeses
Selection of Charcuterie
Tomato & Shallot Salad
Mixed Leaf Salad
Cherry Tomato Chutney
Fresh Baked Baguettes
Seasonal Fruits
‘Skippers Picnic’ - £15.00 per person
Homecured Gravadlax
Selection of Farmhouse Cheeses
Charcuterie
Tomato & Shallot Salad
Mixed Leaf Salad
Cherry Tomato Chutney
Fresh Baked Baguettes
Melon & Strawberries

Fancy lobster, asparagus, foie gras? Our chefs are happy to tailor make hampers too - just ask!

Please note that picnics must be ordered a minimum of 48 hours in advance.

Princess Marina

Princess Marina, River Cruiser

Princess Marina is a piece of living history after being built in Great Yarmouth in 1928, now lovingly renovated and refurbished. She can accommodate between 35 to 80 passengers and is perfect for weddings, family parties & all celebrations. With the class and elegance that she deserves and the best soft furnishings you can find, all the fixtures and fittings are in keeping with the vessel's grand design.

For further details including rates please contact Tim Deaton on 01189 481088 or visit Tim's website at: www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk

Lisbeth

Lisbeth, River Cruiser

Lisbeth is a charming, spacious Gentleman's launch built in the mid 20th century of mahogany on oak. She is the ideal launch for entertaining up to 12 guests with skipper and optional crew.

Additional 21st century comforts include heating in the cabin and a spacious toilet, the boat is electrically powered which enables complete tranquillity and relaxation.

Fantasy II

Fantasy II, River Cruiser

Fantasy II is a stunning 40ft 1959 Cabin Cruiser with beautiful varnish and highly polished brass, making the ideal venue for that extra special day. With easy access and a spacious open plan saloon, Fantasy II is equally at home for corporate entertainment or smaller family parties, and perfect for groups of up to 12 guests.

For full details please visit www.hscboats.co.uk


Helicopters

We welcome customers arriving by helicopter - however, this must be pre-arranged.


River Thames Alliance

River Thames Alliance

The Beetle & Wedge Boathouse Restaurant is proud to be a member of the 'River Thames Alliance'. The Alliance is a partnership of public and private sector organisations set up to help manage the future of the non-tidal Thames.

There are now 82 member organisations in the Alliance, which is chaired by David Suchet (better known as Hercule Poirot!). Visit the award winning Visit Thames website created by the Environment Agency.

Accessibility

If you have any questions about our accessibility or you would like to see our Access Statement then please contact us.