Pretty much has been said about how this place looks like and feels like, so I decided not to repeat the same things in other words. I decided to advise you not to be put off by the fact that this London's worst kept secret is in hideaway on the Thames tideway. It's not so far away, and not so out of the way as believed. Going there you can enjoy a max. 10 min beautiful Riverside Walk from Vauxhall Tube Station, as for the night return the Vauxhall Bus Station offers equally great opportunities of transport to both North and South.
Personally I wouldn't move this charming barge anywhere else -the marvellous view from the upper deck is something worth travelling there for. And all the other things mentioned by fellow qypers. I mean some climb high cliffs and put their lives in danger just to be able to collect one tiny edelweiss, because it's special This venue is special.
And let me tell you one little secret I managed to find out -they might turn the upstairs into a cocktail bar! Looking forward to it.
Saw a great show here last night and would highly recommend a visit to the barge if Paul: paullmartin.com/murderon… has a show there and you can make it there.
The food was good, but not great. The prices were not cheap, but affordable. The show was amazing! The location is a bit hard to find, so make sure you do a good recon on Google Maps before you hop in a cab. Our cab driver was very nice, but had no clue how to get to the barge.
An events boat permanently docked and available for hire. Although also available for private functions I've only been here for a show but I'd imagine a party would be good fun on Battersea Barge.
Not a particularly large boat but split over two levels (above and below deck) I'd estimate about 80 people could be accommodated on board but too many more could become problematic.
The bar potentially serves a fairly wide range of beers (some good, most average), wines (about 7-9 different whites, reds and sparklys each as well as a couple of rosés') and spirits (standard ones but plenty of them) but not all are likely to be incorporated at any one time due to space and storage limitations. The prices are pretty reasonable though. Meals can also be served on board.
Inside the boat is quite pretty and decorative, my favourite features being the two spiral staircases connecting the upper and lower levels.
The only blemish for me is one that is unavoidable considering it's a boat and that's the river. Now the river Thames can serve as an interesting, scenic and even romantic (?) backdrop and would be a large factor as to why a party would be a great event on The Barge. It also causes a hindrance to performances taking place on board. Some gentle swaying is fine and even agreeable given the setting but should the tide be in for whatever one may be seeing on the stage then the rocking of the current can make the show/gig a little awkward. Also, the waves provide quite a distraction as they wash over the portholes, visually and aurally it's hardly ideal - but still watchable.
The Battersea Barge is essentially a little boat on the Thames, close to Vauxhall train / tube station, which hosts private parties, a restaurant, special events and the occasional gig.
I came here for a private party once and I was really inspire to have my own party here once day (although the hire fee's a little high as you can imagine). However, I did have a great time, especially as it was summer and you could look out onto the Thames as you were drinking and watching the sun go down, pretty cool.
You should come here and check this place out, the gigs aren't all that great but if you fancy a meal or are invited to a party here, it's worth it...
Tucked out of the way behind the riverside cement works, the barge, about 5 minutes walk up Nine Elms Lane coming from the Vauxhall end, is a pretty well sorted evening. Particularly as last night it was host to the ever evolving circus that is 'The Qype Party Group'...
The venue is available for bookings only - most days of the week I believe - and I'm guessing capacity is probably around the 150 mark. It's a set up that really works; the whole pub-on-a-boat idea lends itself well to theme parties and there's a stage to boot too; perfect if you want to incorporate an intimate gig into your soirée.
Friendly staff, some artful exterior lighting and a vaguely jazzy décor made for a damn convivial evening's entertainment, just watch your step as the ramps and spiral staircases can be a little precarious as th evening wears on.
They do take card, very handy as the nearest machine is over the horizon somewhere! Not that I needed to reach for it last night all courtesy of Qype. Recommended (both the venue and the party group that is ;)
You know how it is - a slightly dubious summer's evening in London and you wonder if it's the best time to enjoy a party on a boat Well, the heavy showers abated and a happy group of dedicated qypers met-up for an evening of fun.
Just along the river bank, between New Covent Garden Market and the long defunct Battersea Power Station, you'll find the eponymous Barge. Tip number one: it helps if, unlike me, you take along the directions, instead of leaving them at home. Tip number two: have a proper think about whether those pink snakeskin high heels are really advisable for scaling a metal ramp - or as some would have it gangplank - to join your fellow party-goers
It was an excellent - and different - venue for a party, enjoyed by those living both north and south of the river. There's a decent choice of seating (and standing) areas on the top deck, perfect for chatting, networking and taking-in the glorious panoramic sunset views.
Down the spiral stairs (question the necessity of those heels again), you'll find the bar - offering a pretty wide choice of refreshments - with obliging and friendly service. The seating and entertainment areas there probably come more into their own in winter or when the weather is unkind. If you get an invitation to an event here, go along and enjoy a scenic London riverside experience.
Terrible location (to get to), but a wonderful little venue. Maybe the former contributes to the latter?
Anyway, even though this is actually a boat, don't expect to get a boat trip - it's permanently moored. They have a little stage and do kareoke and have live bands on from time to time. There isn't too much on the drinks menu, but the staff are great and will try their best to find something that'll suit
Tough to get to, but a great venue. Impressively for a floating bar, it manages to have a selection of drinks on tap, a decently priced wine list, AND a kitchen able to turn out half-decent food.
Given the location, it's a place you'd only go to for an event, so it's a good thing they have a calendar of cabaret shows that put the stage to good use (including an annual cabaret panto - don't bring the kids). Or you can hire it for your own do and party on a boat (T-Pain not included).
For the lads, make sure you visit the urinal. I pissed myself laughing.
Having been there for the Qype Party I couldn't very well not review it now could I?
It IS out of the way, but if public transport is running as it should be then it's not as bad as you'd think. Being overlooked by the amazing Battersea Power Station is cool, and the quietness of the location does make it a superb place for a private party as the other reviewers have mentioned.
One of the things I liked was how nearly-seedy it seemed! Red velvety furniture and decor starts things off, closely followed by a sequined curtain that gives way to a doorway leading to the stripper's dressing room. Or at least that's what it feels like it should do. In fact, disappointingly, it leads to the man-folk's toilets - quite a different thing altogether.
Downstairs it's much of the same - darker, and with a stage that looks like it could have been lifted straight out of the Casa Rosso in Amsterdam! These are all good things I hasten to add, as it gives the place a different atmosphere to a lot of other bars that just end up trying too hard.
The staff were friendly, and they have a great selection of beers/lagers, both bottled and on tap - I was more than happy sipping Corona in the London sunshine. The barge is deceptively spacious too, with the two floors available creating room to move / escape to / relax. The upper outside deck is welcome on a nice evening, although watch out for wet wooden seating and the denim-ripping potential of the nails that hold them down.
The only thing lacking is a full size plank to make party-goers walk, although with the absence of water on either side last night that was probably a good thing.
I agree with all the other reviewers who say the pub is a bit of a walk from public transport, but on a bright sunny day, it's definitely worth the walk. About a 10 minute walk from Vauxhall station, the pub is hidden away and seems like an oasis amongst the many DHL, FedEx's and soulless office blocks on this stretch of Battersea.
On entering you go up a plank (laydeez you might want to remove any heels if you want to make a reasonably dignified entrance) and go into a lovely flower strewn deck.
The views both up and down stream are fantastic - you have iconic Battersea Power Station, lots of great views of London's bridges.
Downstairs is a bit like a trip back in time to some 1970's/ 1980's night club with red lights highlighting the spiral stairs, big red curtains and a microphone that is crying out for some drunken karaoke nights.
Brill place for a party and pray for no rain.
Cool riverboat venue in Battersea/Vauxhall with regular events and varied clientele. What makes this place is that unlike many boat-bars, this place still really feels like a boat, from the rickets plank to get on board, to the wooden interior and upper deck, you feel like your mate who owns a boat has invited you over for a few drinks.
Also, somehow, they manage to do really good pub grub style food, from pies to burgers to salads, and all at under a tenner. The drinks selection is good too, and there are often gigs and cabaret nights going on, so it's worth checking it out and heading down for some summer-time fun.
This is a well-executed bar but its a bit of a trek! Located on the south side of the Thames near Vauxhall station, it takes a long amble along the river path to reach the Barge. The walk is pleasant enough and takes in one of the quieter stretches of the Thames' central section. Not fun getting back home to North London though!
Once you get over the travelling this bar is cosy, friendly and hidden away so is great for private parties. The stage is situated on the main floor, which hoasted some great live acts when I was there. The deck is lovely and has a nice view - perfect for those smokers who are typically confined to street corners outside pubs. The upstairs seating area is nicely lit and comfortable. The atmosphere is relaxed and there is a vague feeling of having escaped the bustle of London, even in the shadow of Battersea Power Station.
Worth a look...
Apart from the location, this is a fun place for some drinks. Being so far away from well, everywhere, means that you should come here for the night. The staff are great and suprisingly tolerant of drunk people running around doing pirate, titanic and other boat-related impressions.
Book a taxi for when you leave though, unlikely there'll be anything driving by at 2am
Cool place. It's a bit of a walk from Vauxhall Station but pleasant enough on a summer's eve and the location right on the river is very impressive with nice views of London (especially the Battersea Powerstation!). They've got a good selection of beer too. Although to be honest, I only drank Budvar on my visit. I'd go back and like ahunter said a few reviews up from this one, it's a great place for a party.
Our Christmas party was here, amazing place. The ambient is dark downstairs but the view from the upper deck is stunning. I do not have much to say about the food, normal to good, but the atmosphere is worthy.
Lovely pub, just lovely. So romantic, my girlfriend brought me here and I immediately like it. Located in the river this place is perfect for a date. Give it a try.
I went to this place for a private fundraising event where we watched a variety show. They filled the boat with people (it isnt very big) and the stage hosted the acts very well. They also did food which was very tasty and wholesome. The staff were friendly and everythig was reasonably priced.
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