Day 24 – Put the final finishing touch on this festive season with Woods Silver Fleet


Perhaps you’ve left the presents for your nearest and dearest just that bit too late or maybe all the trials and tribulations of the season have left you in need of a present to outdo them all… Why not organise an intimate cruise for two along the Thames with the Silver Darling?

sd-exterior-houses-of-parliamentlrA boutique river cruiser that sets off from the heart of London, it that offers all the comfort that even the most discerning passengers could desire as they take in one of the best views of London’s landmarks – The Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and The Shard to name but a few.

Down the stairs, the lounge saloon by British furniture designer, Matthew Hilton, features Black Walnut woodwork, soft lighting by Swarovski Crystal and impressive, diamond dusted artwork by Damien Hirst.woodsilverlr

Above board, Silver Darling has a small outside deck with upholstered seating which can be enjoyed in fine weather or in colder climes, wrapped up in fur blankets accompanied by a glass or two. Find out more about bespoke cruises here.


We may not have even started Christmas day celebrations but if you’ve not yet looked ahead to New Year, we have a few expert suggestions including an elegant and unforgettable evening cruising through London’s ever-changing riverscape aboard the silver sturgeon – the best view in the house for London’s iconic New Year’s celebrations.

20151009-woods-silver-fleet-535_loThe Silver Sturgeon is your private ‘river yacht’ moored at her own private pier beside Cleopatra’s Needle with wide views of the famous ‘Waterloo Sunset’ vista from her teak decks. Usually only available for private charter, New Year’s Eve offers a rare night when tickets can be purchased to enjoy an evening aboard with one of the best views of the Mayor’s Fireworks at midnight.

With event styling inspired by the Arctic skies’ Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights – a magical display which dances over the snow-covered forests, mountains & frozen lakes of the far north of the globe. Indulge in an inspired four-course seasonal menu including dishes such as Pink Roasted Fillet & Pressed Rib of Cumbrian Beef with Black Truffle by esteemed Head Chef Douglas Gaunt & a bespoke bar menu. It’s the most phenomenal party in town.

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-17-58-16Aboard the Silver Sturgeon, the decks feature faux fur throws & sculptural white winter branches with fir boughs dripping in rainbow glazed baubles. Through the windows, snow-white tables twinkle with candles. Enjoy your Laurent-Perrier champagne reception at your table or take in the panorama of London’s buzzing embankment crowds & skyline from the candle-lit, teak deck bar. Your delicious four-course menu will be sleekly served – from amuse bouche to petits fours – on tables beautifully decorated for the occasion.

20151009-woods-silver-fleet-052_loA Laurent-Perrier champagne toast will mark the midnight chimes from nearby Big Ben whilst you view the Mayor’s stunning fireworks from the top & ensign decks. The perfect finale aboard your private river yacht will be on the river room’s spacious dance floor with the coolest DJ mixes.

To find out more or to book tickets, visit their website here.

£435 Inc Vat per person – Minimum booking 2 people, Tables of under 6 guests may be shared. Private tables subject to availability.

Alternatively, find our other NYE suggestions in our round-up earlier this December here.