Local backlash against Thames parties for 1,500 guests on £25m yacht

Residents revolt against plans to host Thames parties for 1,500 revellers on stunning new £25m superyacht until 3am six days a week

  • A £25 million party boat is set to sail up and down the River Thames from Spring hosting high-end soirées
  • Oceandiva, a 282ft-long, net-zero ship, will host as many as 1,500 guests at luxury parties and conferences
  • But local residents along Thames expressed concerns around noise and number of partygoers disembarking
  • The company has applied to operate Monday to Sunday from 11am to 2.30am and until 3am six days a week

A £25 million party boat which is set to sail up and down the River Thames with as many as 1,500 passengers is facing opposition from locals concerned about events on it going on into the early hours every night of the week.

Luxury superyacht Oceandiva is set to host high-end conferences and soirées from Spring next year, and promises to be a ‘revolutionary’ net-zero events space.

Owners Oceandiva London have submitted a planning application to operate the vessel Monday to Sunday between 11am and 2.30am the next day.

The company has also applied for an extension to all licensable activities on six days of the week to 3am, the Telegraph reports.

A £25 million party boat which is set to sail up and down the River Thames with as many as 1,500 passengers is facing opposition from locals

Luxury superyacht Oceandiva is set to host high-end conferences and soirées from Spring next year

The luxury cruise will take guests past some of London’s best-known landmarks including Tower Bridge

Spanning across three decks, the boat can carry up to 1,500 guests standing and 500 seated, with attendees flitting between the ‘al fresco’ deck space and the ship’s interior once it sets in motion. 

Renderings of the 282ft-long ship show it will have a stylish bar area, a spot-lit dance floor with a stage, and will cruise past some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks, such as Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.

But Londoners living along the Thames have expressed their concerns about the late hours and around how the hundreds of partygoers will be able to embark and disembark without disturbing them.

Revelers will be able to climb aboard the ship at six different docking points in the city – Butler’s Wharf, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Greenwich and Royal Victoria Dock.

Renderings of the 282ft-long ship show it will have a stylish bar area and a spot-lit dance floor with a stage

It will cruise past some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks, such as Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament

Residents in Shad Thames, a historic riverside community next to Tower Bridge, have voiced their worries about the boats’ activities around Butler’s Wharf – a private pier the council does not have control over.

Following a community meeting, the boat’s operators assured locals that there would not be disembarkment on the central London pier after 10.30pm.

One resident was not satisfied with this, writing: ‘Even a mass disembarkation around 10.30 could be hugely disruptive, given the unprecedented size of the boat and the fact that BW’s location make it one of the most central of all of the piers OD is claiming to be able to use.’

Residents in Shad Thames, a historic riverside community next to Tower Bridge, have voiced their worries about the boats’ activities around Butler’s Wharf

Oceandiva London said it was working with the Metropolitan Police to form a management plan for landings at Butler’s Wharf (pictured) and added that it would address all of resident’s concerns

Others expressed concern about ‘static parties’ on the pier, something Oceandiva insisted it has no intention of doing. 

Meanwhile, some pointed out that as a party boat, Oceandiva would be sailing slowly back and forth along the same route, bothering residents further. 

Peter Golds, a Tory councillor in Tower Hamlets, said that allowing the party boat would be highly disruptive for local residents. 

‘You imagine at one o’clock on a summer’s morning when you’re trying to go to sleep and there are 1,500 people having a party slowly going past your bathroom windows on the River Thames,’ he told the Telegraph, before adding that those getting off the boat would cause even more noise.

The above rendering shows the dance floor and stage area onboard Oceandiva London, which launches in spring

The British events company Smart Group, working in collaboration with Oceandiva, will own, manage and operate Oceandiva London

Councils including Westminster, Southwark and Greenwich, have all submitted responses to the planning consultation.  

Oceandiva London said it was working with the Metropolitan Police to form a management plan for landings at Butler’s Wharf and added that it would address all of resident’s concerns 

The company promises its new vessel will ‘revolutionise the luxury events and hospitality sector’, as the UK’s first CO2-neutral venue on the Thames.

Oceandiva promises to ‘revolutionise the luxury events and hospitality sector’, as the UK’s first CO2-neutral venue on the Thames

The swish new party venue has been designed by Oceandiva, a Dutch company that already operates similar ships in The Netherlands and Germany

Spanning across three decks, the boat can carry up to 1,500 guests standing and 500 seated, with attendees flitting between the ‘al fresco’ deck space and the ship’s interior once it sets in motion

Events on the day cruise will be catered by Moving Venue, which creates menus in Kensington Palace and the Victoria and Albert Museum, in collaboration with Last Supper, a luxury catering company that counts high-end names like Gucci, Sotheby’s and Mont Blanc among its clients. 

To wash it all down, the venue has recruited ‘London’s leading mixologists’ to create the bar’s drinks menu, with tailored beverage offerings available for each event. 

The swish new party venue has been designed by Oceandiva, a Dutch company that already operates similar ships in The Netherlands and Germany. 

The British events company Smart Group, working in collaboration with Oceandiva, will own, manage and operate Oceandiva London. 

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