Private Hire 

When you are looking for a party venue in Richmond or Kingston upon Thames, Turks party boats are a unique venue choice.
5 different sized party boats, have capacity for 20 -150 guests. Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries – any occasion can be celebrated.
What is different, is that you have the varying areas on the boat where your guests can socialise – yet maintain an intimacy where everyone still feels together.
Mingle at the bar, enjoy the views from the outside decks or have a good chat in the lower booths ( on Yarmouth Belle and New Southern Belle).
Tables for eating can be arranged in a relaxed or more formal manner. The dance floors are perfectly sized for a good time. Casino tables can be arranged for the Yarmouth or New Southern Belle.
Party Boats depart from Turks piers at:
● Kingston
● Richmond
● Hampton Court.
We also can depart from select waterside locations within this stretch of the Thames including: The Lensbury, Wharf, Orleans House, Bingham and more.

For a party venue, a boat is memorable in ways that a typical venue isn’t. It is a wonderful experience for everyone to watch the changing scenery. It also provides a unique, scenic backdrop for photos.

Interested to find out availability? Just complete the enquiry form below.

Ready to book? Ensure you have checked date availability first, then complete the Private Booking Form.


  • Hire Charges Daytime
  • Hire Charges Evening
  • Reviews
  • Catering
  • Entertainment

The charges for daytime and evening boat cruises below are based on a Kingston start and finish. Please view the fare tab for information about additional charges for other locations. All boat hire is exempt from VAT. Pier fees are subject to VAT at the current rate – this only applies to piers not owned by Turks (we own the piers in Kingston, Richmond and Hampton Court).

An initial £300.00 booking deposit is required with a signed booking form to secure a booking. The balance is due 28 days prior to the event. An additional security deposit is payable and is held against breakages and damages until after the event when it is reissued in a cheque assuming it is not needed for the aforementioned.

New Southern Belle

 Monday - ThursdayFriday - Sunday
January - March£750£1000
April - May£1000£1700
June - September£1400£1900

Yarmouth Belle

 Monday - ThursdayFriday - Sunday
January - March£700£950
April - May£950£1600
June - September£1300£1800

Kingston Royale

 Monday - ThursdayFriday - Sunday
January - March£600£650
April - May£650£850
June - September£850£1000

Richmond Royale 

 Monday - ThursdayFriday - Sunday
January - March£450£550
April - May£550£650
June - September£650£800


 Monday - ThursdayFriday - Sunday
May - September £500£550

The charges for daytime and evening boat cruises below are based on a Kingston start and finish. Please view the fare tab for information about additional charges for other locations. All boat hire is exempt from VAT. Pier fees are subject to VAT at the current rate – this only applies to piers not owned by Turks (we own the piers in Kingston, Richmond and Hampton Court).

An initial £300.00 booking deposit is required with a signed booking form to secure a booking. The balance is due 28 days prior to the event. An additional security deposit is payable and is held against breakages and damages until after the event when it is reissued in a cheque assuming it is not needed for the aforementioned.

New Southern Belle

 Monday - ThursdayFriday - Sunday
January - March£950£1300
April - May£1050£1700
June - September£1500£1900

Yarmouth Belle

 Monday - ThursdayFriday - Sunday
January - March£900£1200
April - May£950£1600
June - September£1400£1800

Kingston Royale 

 Monday - ThursdayFriday - Sunday
January - March£650£800
April - May£750£900
June - September£900£1000

Richmond Royale 

 Monday - ThursdayFriday - Sunday
January - March£550£600
April - May£600£700
June - September£700£800


Thank you for making our special day so special. We thoroughly enjoyed every second. The boat was decorated beautifully, the staff were friendly….and the music system nice and easy to use. We’re so glad we chose the Richmond Royale.

Dan K, Wedding on Richmond Royale, September 2018

We had a really lovely experience. All the staff were really friendly and helpful.

Jolanda K, Work Summer Party on Richmond Royale, August 2018

The office staff were extremely helpful in the run-up to the event, always quick to respond and very knowledgeable. The staff on the day (the captain and his crew) were amazing, very welcoming and accommodating. And Alex and his bar/waiting staff did a fantastic job. Everyone who attended commented on how perfect the boat was. I would also like to add that I provided decorations and the staff put these up for me, which was such a big help on a very manic day. I can not express how happy I am with the service provided, I would definitely recommend your Company to family and friends.It was the perfect party for the biggest day of my life, and I cant thank all of the staff enough for all of their hard work.

Ross S, Wedding on Yarmouth Belle, July 2018

Fabulous, what an enjoyable and relaxing way to explore the reaches of the Thames from Kingston to Shepperton and back. Our party of 30 rated the cruise one of the best days of the summer 2018.

Christine B, Retirement Party on Jeff, July 2018

Great experience, very helpful staff. was very easy to book and co-ordinate as the team were very efficient.

Ciaran M, Office Summer Party on Richmond Royale, July 2018

Wonderful experience.What better way to spend a sunny summer afternoon with family and friends cruising on the river. We’ll talk about it for years to come.Lots of memories.

Eddie S, Surprise 60th Birthday on Richmond Royale, July 2018

I cannot praise Turks highly enough. We had the most magical evening with all guests saying it was the best wedding they have ever been to. Office staff were fantastic during the booking process. The crew on the night were lovely. Many thanks to them for clearing the boat afterwards and I hope they enjoyed the wedding cake! I would have no hesitation in recommending Turks and thank them so much for enabling me to have the best, romantic & fun evening. We loved every minute. The only disappointment was when the evening came to an end! Thank you so much everyone! Absolutely fantastic 10/10

Julie P, Wedding Reception on Richmond Royale, June 2018

We and our guests all thoroughly enjoyed our evening! We were very lucky with the weather which helped. The booking process was easy and all the questions we had were answered quickly and, other than the DJ, we felt our needs were all meet! Many thanks, would definitely use you again!

Vicky H, 50th Birthday on Richmond Royale, June 2018

Everyone had a fantastic time! It was a surprise, so no one knew we were heading onto a boat for a cruise/dinner. We picked a great day as the sun was shining and the sunset was beautiful! The whole evening exceeded my expectations and would defo book again!

Leanna H, Company Party on Richmond Royale, June 2018

Amazing!! hoping to this will now be a yearly summer boat party for us!! thank you to everyone for your help! Alex was brilliant from the start. From emailing to behind the bar on the night.
He was very friendly and professional and made all the organising stress free. Big thank you to Alex and the other crew on board for making the evening so perfect!

Shanelle S, Summer Party on Richmond Royale, May 2018

We were delighted with the whole trip from the welcoming on board to the final goodbyes. The staff were so friendly and helpful. The sun shone and we all had a very good time.

Jennifer A, Society Outing on Kingston Royale, October 2017

Could not fault Turks Launches. We all had a fantastic evening, staff were kind, polite and very attentive. Boat was kept tidy throughout the event, even after our fish and chip supper. The success of our evening was all down to the professional expertise of the staff. Amazing, truly a night to remember! Well done team, you done us proud.

Tina D, 60th Birthday on Yarmouth Belle, November 2017

Really wonderful boat, the crew were really helpful and the sun was out.

Barbara D, 60th Birthday on Yarmouth Belle, October 2017

Very friendly and helpful staff, both the pre-planning and the actual day were excellent. The food was hot, well served and thoroughly enjoyable and the staff very helpful. We received many favourable comments.

Jenny W, Golden Wedding on Kingston Royale, October 2017

Can’t fault anything, the crew were amazing, everyone loved the food!

Tim D, Friends Get Together on Yarmouth Belle, January 2017

My family and I had an amazing night on the Richmond Royale, celebrating our daughter’s 18th birthday and from the feedback we have had, all of her friends did too!
The staff,both in the office and on the boat, were excellent , very reassuring and always very polite. It really could not have been a more wonderful night and we are so grateful to everyone who made it so special!
We will celebrating another big birthday next year and are looking into the idea of booking a larger boat, but our Son has already requested the Richmond Royale to celebrate his 18th birthday in 3 years time! Thank you

Angela Y | 18 Birthday Party on Richmond Royale | 16 December 2016

The boat exceeded expectations it was lovely, the tables were laid nicely and it was a big enough space. Catering was good, good choice of music, very enjoyable.

Sasha M | Xmas Party on New Southern Belle, 9 December 2016

All went very smoothly. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Being the host I was expecting to be busy the whole night but all was taken care of by Turks. Great experience and would recommend to anyone. I assumed it would be good but it was amazing. Thank you.

Graham H | Xmas Party on Richmond Royale, 2 December 2016

It was brilliant! I kept thinking that I had to rush around organising things but there was nothing for me to do except send out invitations, as Turks handled everything. The trip was perfect with lots to see on the river for all our guests, some of whom were more than 70 years older than others. So many people commented about how good the crew was, and everyone onboard had a wonderful time.

Carole M. | 70th Birthday on Kingston Royale, 22 October 2016

Very good indeed. My daughter has received multiple comments from friends saying it was the best ever 18th party! This was despite the extremely rigorous system of ensuring under 18s did not drink alcohol, and after an hour or so the youngsters all accepted that this was how it was going to be so they simply got on with having a whale of a time. Proved you can enjoy yourself without consuming large amounts of booze! Very impressed with 2 security guards. Extremely professional and effective.

Simon E. | 18th Birthday, 15 October 2016

The Yarmouth Belle has a great atmosphere to it, we all had the most enjoyable night, and would thoroughly recommend Turks Launches

Mark B. | Daughters 21st on Yarmouth Belle, 1 October 2016

Professional but flexible team. The team kept to timings and were able to work alongside the commentary given by Jason Debney, Thames Landscape Strategy. The only blip was that the commentary could only be heard upstairs – but this didn’t seem to matter so much in the end as people moved around the boat during the tour. Thank you to everyone who helped from Turks staff. A great afternoon and feedback was extremely positive.

Mary D | The Kew Society on Kingston Royale, 23 September 2016

Everyone had a great time on the Richmond Royale, it was a very enjoyable and successful occasion. We were delighted with how it all went – the boat, the lovely food, the bar arrangements and service, the staff and how much everyone was enjoying it. Thank you to everyone involved!

Teresa de S. | Daughter’s 40th birthday on Richmond Royale, 10 September 2016

We had a very memorable and enjoyable night. Would definitely recommend to others and would love to do again.

Lisa W. | 50th Birthday on Richmond Royale, 10 September 2016

Excellent day, 82 guests attended and all seemed to enjoy the experience. Nice to have a view to watch instead of being in one room for 4 hours. Well done to everyone and thank you again.

Lee B. | Husbands 70th birthday on Yarmouth Belle, 4 September 2016

It was excellent. We were very lucky with the weather, the scenery was lovely, and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. So much, in fact, that we’ve decided to make it an annual event. So … we’ll see you next summer!

Emma W. | A day out for the choir on Jeff 22 August 2016

Catering choices can be the simplest choice of Fish & Chips or Bangers & Mash.
Or, we have two superb local catering companies that provide an enormous choice.

Food By Jo was launched on the back of Pickled Pantry, Surbiton. George and Joanna Setchell opened the café in 2012, and in 2018 made the decision to sell Pickled Pantry to concentrate on their ever-growing catering business.

We offer many different experiences and can create a menu to fit your budget and offer any advice required.

Download Menu PDF


Chilli Bees are a South West London event caterer which was brought to life in 2008 by Ellie Short.

Our promise, is to listen to your dreams, tastes and desires and do everything in our power to deliver.

We are versatile and can cater all kinds of events including weddings, celebrations, office lunches, corporate and private Summer and Christmas parties. Whatever your requirements numbers and budget, we provide a bespoke full event management service delivered with excellent customer service. Our event managers are full of knowledge and expertise, our chefs are extremely talented and our staff are the best.

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Whether you require background music from your own CDs or a four piece traditional river jazz band, the choice of entertainment options available on our boat cruises are varied in style and size. Complement your event with one of Turks recommended bands, in house DJs or casino tables run by professional croupiers.

Our DJs have all been with us for a number of years and have worked on all types of events. You will be able to contact your allocated DJ prior to the event and discuss playlists and requests – you can be as specific as you want to make sure the music complements your event. We only use our approved DJs on board our boats so we regret outside DJs are not allowed.

Event TypeDetailsCharges
DiscoTurks DJ£250
Rag-A-JazzTraditional river jazz band£460 – trio
£585 – quartet
Blacktie Casino*Roulette and/or Blackjack tables with professional croupiers£420 – 1 table
£685 – 2 tables
Café Racers*Rhythm & Blues band playing classic and original material£470
Nick of Time*Jazz / lounge solo & duo options
£600 – solo
£1500 – duo
Background musicHire of music system to play own CDs or link to ipod£50
Own band**Live act fee applicable£150

* These options are only available on the Yarmouth Belle and the New Southern Belle due to space and power supply.

**The above acts are recommended by Turks Launches as they suit the space and power supply available on our vessels. Clients may have their own band but a variable live act fee applies and all acts must be approved by the office before being confirmed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click here to access our Private Hire Booking Form or alternatively contact the office directly on 020 8546 2434. Once you have confirmed the date and vessel, you will be able to provisionally book your event for up to 7 days at no obligation. In order to proceed with the booking, we would then require a £300 booking deposit along with a signed booking form to be submitted via our website.

We require full payment (less £300 booking deposit, if applicable) to be paid no later than 28 days prior to the date of sailing.

In this case, we would require full balance as soon as possible.

We require a £250 security deposit to be held against any damages to the vessel. This would be reissued to yourself within 5-7 working days following your event, provided it is not needed for the aforementioned.

Payment can be made over the phone, via BACs transfer, cheque, or cash should you wish to pop into our office in person. We accept all major credit and debit cards with the exception of American Express.

Our standard charters start and finish at Turks Pier, Kingston (behind John Lewis department store). We also have piers situated in Richmond and Hampton Court. Should you wish to be picked up/dropped off at one of these alternative piers, please contact the office.

There will be an empty running charge entailed should you wish to be picked up at any pier other than Kingston – this covers the additional staff and fuelling costs from our base in Kingston. This charge is usually between £175 – £250 depending on location.

We are able to accommodate pick up/drop offs at a number of other piers in our area of operation. These include Hammertons Ferry in Twickenham and The Wharf in Teddington. Please note, there are additional pier fees applicable, and a number of these locations require direct booking by yourself. For all alternative pier enquiries, please contact the office directly.

Our charters are hired on a 4 hour (minimum) basis. Daytime charters run any 4 hours up until 6.00 pm. Evening charters run between 8.00 pm and 12.00 midnight.

Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to your event.

Please contact the office should you have any alternative requests regarding timings.

Due to contractual obligations and equipment restrictions on our vessels, we ask that you use one of our designated caterers. From traditional fish and chips to hot buffets, our varied menus ensure there is something for every taste.

All of our boats have fully stocked bars on board, serving an array of soft drinks, wines, spirits, and beers. Should you wish to bring your own standard size (75cl) bottles of wine, sparkling wine, or champagne, we would require a £10 corkage fee per bottle to be paid prior to the event.

Drinks on arrival and account bars can be arranged via our bars manager. Please contact the office to discuss any requirements you may have.

We work with a list of DJs that have been familiarised with the health and safety protocols on our vessels. We also use specialised equipment due to power restrictions on our boats. As such, we cannot accommodate requests for external DJs. Should you opt to book a DJ, we would hire the one deemed most suited to your event. We would then provide you with their contact details, in order for you to discuss any music preferences you may have with them.

We do not enforce an age limit on our private charters. However, some events (such as 16th – 24th birthdays) require the presence of at least 2 legal guardians on board. Further, we require 1 adult per 10 children present.

Some events (such as 16th – 24th birthdays, proms etc.) require the presence of professional security on board – SIA. We require 1 x SIA for the Kingston Royale and the Richmond Royale, and 2 x SIA for the New Southern Belle and the Yarmouth Belle.

We would still run in the event of rain on the day of your charter. On extremely rare occasions, we have cancelled charters in the event of adverse weather conditions. However, we will always be happy to transfer your event to a more suitable date if the unlikely should occur.

The hire charge covers the skipper, crew, and bar staff.