Hire Rates

Whole boat – capacity 150:
Minimum spends: £4,000-£14,000 (winter/summer/day/eve)
To confirm the venue a deposit of £500 is required to secure the booking. This is non-refundable. 50% of the remainder payable 4 months before the date, with final settlement of the hire fee, food and drinks payable 1 month ahead.

Indoor Lower Deck: £200 (Thursday-Saturday evenings – peak); £100 (all other times – off peak) (subj. to min numbers):

  • 70+ guests – peak; 50+ guests off-peak (accommodates apx 80 guests but you can invite more (120+ as access is to the whole boat)
  • Access to the PA (own music)
  • Can arrange own DJ/book one of ours +£250
  • Late license + £200 (up to 3am + over 120 guests)
  • Time is from when your guests are invited (please arrive 10 minutes before so we can arrange the space)
  • Private Party sign present but please ask bar if there are any non-party guests present
  • £50 hire fee + £250 authentication deposit for access to PA
  • Does not apply to 18-21-year-old events
  • Fee waived if the date is available in the next 2 weeks + min numbers exceeded (authentication deposit required towards cancellation & numbers)

We do not promote our own gigs but offer the space on Sunday-Wednesday + daytimes (or any available date within the next 4 weeks)

  • 50+ guests + deposit + sound engineer fees (from £150 including mics, mixer etc.) OR £50 PA hire + £250 authentication deposit if using your own sound engineer

Outdoor East Deck: 25+ guests OR Terrace: 30+ guests OR East Deck + Terrace: 50+ guests £200- (11am-4pm; 4pm-8pm; 8pm-1am- £50/hr for additional hours)

  • Fee waived for a £1.2-2.5k pre-paid minimum spend (or if you can guarantee 40+ guests + the date is available in the next 2 weeks (authentication deposit required towards cancellation & numbers)
  • More can be invited as can spread out to the rest of the boat
  • Tables and chairs cleared from the space to create more standing space
  • N.B. the space opened up/deposit used if there are under minimum numbers agreed
  • Time is from when your guests are invited (please arrive 10 minutes before so we can arrange the space)
  • Partially uncovered so please bring umbrellas & weather-proof clothing if needed

Indoor Lower Deck + East Deck/Terrace: £400-£600 or £2,500-£4,500 min spend (peak/off-peak)

Whole day hire for wedding ceremonies & receptions:

£4,000 – £8,000 hire fee or £8,000 – £12,500 minimum spend. Includes:

  • arranging own catering (using full service caterers with their own public liability insurance)
  • access to the kitchen for catering

We can offer canapés, barbecues and party menus.

An immediate non-refundable £500 payment is required to secure the booking. 50% of the remainder is then payable 4 months before the date, with final settlement of the hire fee, food and drinks payable 6 weeks before the date.

Dry hire
Whole boat hire: £6,000 – £9,000

Barge layout
Click here for the layout and dimensions of the upper, middle and lower decks of the boat.

Confirmation & cancellation
Please note that all reservations are only confirmed upon payment. We are unable to hold dates unless agreed. All payments are non-refundable unless they are part of a refundable deposit towards minimum spends / numbers. Should we for any reason beyond our control not be able to accommodate your event, a full refund will be given or we will do our best to accommodate you on our sister boat, Tamesis Dock. However, we are sorry that we will be unable to accept any liability.

Click to download a PDF of our hire information brochure.


When hiring, please note:

We do not allow guests or performers to bring their own drinks or food without prior agreement. Doing so may result in the event being disrupted or cancelled.

One fun option for your event might be the hire of a popcorn machine with unlimited popcorn! Let us know if this is something you’d like us to quote for when making your enquiry.

As we are located next to a residential area, we would be grateful if you could take this into consideration when leaving / while aboard. Drop off points are outside Riverlight 2 on Nine Elms Lane (please refer to the map).

Sound and lighting

2x Martin Audio Blackline X15 Hi-Mid boxes and 2x Martin Audio X118 Subs, IP8 controller (8 Inputs x 4 Outputs). IP6 bar controller, 6 Martin Audio CDD5 speakers in bar, AHM64 System Control & Speaker Crossovers to control the overall sound levels.

Although, the PA system allows you to plug into your iPod / laptop, you’re required to book one of our in-house technicians for any other sound & light applications, such as bands, performances, etc. for setting up and/or operations.

Please contact Brang at grafiosense@gmail.com or Phil at noiseboyphil@gmail.com for sound technician and equipment (i.e. microphones, monitors, etc. ) needed for your event set-up.

If you wish to hire directly and manage the system yourself, there is a registration fee along with fees for using each item. It is only available to those with experience in sound and / or video, along with 2 written references, and an induction/registration fee of £80. You will need to register at least 1 month prior to your first event and is only recommended if you intend to host regularly with us.

Marketing your event

If you are booking the space for an event for which tickets will be sold to the public, please send details of your event (poster, short description and ticket URL) to mark@batterseabarge.com, so that he can add them to our website and social media profiles.