The Silver Sturgeon is the flagship boat of Silver Fleet's Thames river vessels. It's big enough to hold over 500 people but service is always personal. Their dining cruises are a glamorous way to see London.
About The Silver Sturgeon
The Silver Sturgeon is a stunning yacht with oval booth seating in soft leather along both sides, offering stylish and comfortable seating for groups of up to six. Larger groups are accommodated too at the fore of the boat and, in fact, this is an excellent option for large get-togethers.
It really does feel luxurious and I understand the wood marquetry was created by Tristan Webber, the fashion designer. There's an illuminated glass grand staircase in the River Room and a solid oak dance floor to take in before you head to the Upper Deck and the Champagne Bar to enjoy the views.
Dining on the Silver Sturgeon
Boarding is from the Savoy Pier, by The Savoy Hotel, and staff offer a warm welcome and put you at ease immediately in the luxurious surroundings. On the dinner cruise I attended we enjoyed a Champagne reception before Jamie Oliver's Fabulous Feasts events team brought out a stunning three-course meal, with wine, and followed by fairtrade chocolates. Vegetarian options were available and the food was beautifully presented and still filling; not an easy feat when catering for so many.
The cruise took us past all the sights and it really is a wonderful way to see London. We started with a quick look at the Houses of Parliament, then along past the sights on the South Bank, under Tower Bridge, out past The O2 and to the Thames Barrier before returning to Savoy Pier.
After our meal, guests then danced the night away with a great mix of classic and new tunes so there was something for everyone. Other cruises have live music so check when booking.
I'd recommend the dining cruises on the Silver Sturgeon as they do make you feel special. They are particularly suited to larger groups who would struggle to get a restaurant booking but on the boat can be seated together.
I saw family celebrations across generations, a girl's night out, and lots of friends enjoying time together. Some made a real night of it and had a car booked to collect them before spending the night at a central London hotel, and others walked to the nearby tube station. But while we were on the Silver Sturgeon we were all treated the same. While it's not cheap to take a cruise on the Silver Sturgeon is perfectly comparable to other major cities (and they don't have these sights on offer).
An alternative company that runs similar dining cruises from nearby is Bateaux London.
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