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Boat for Scattering Ashes on the River Thames in Central London

Central London: River Thames

Scattering Ashes on the River Thames in Central London

LocationLambeth Pier, Albert Embankment
Area of operationCentral London area from Chelsea to the west, on the east, Southwark, the City of London and as far down as the Tower of London, you can travel further by prior arrangement at an additional charge.
Type of boatPassenger Vessel and Passenger Launch
Capacity of the boat2 boat: The smaller boat ‘the Guvnor’ has a capacity of 5 and the larger boat ‘River Princess’ has a capacity of 50 (30 due to covid)
RefreshmentsRefreshments are available from a cafe at the pier entrance, with a lovely view of the Houses of Parliament across the river. Bar facilities can be arranged on the large boat for an additional charge of £60 and drinks are sold at normal pub prices.
Disabled accessCan accept guests on an ordinary wheelchair, not electric. Please inform the boat operator when making your booking.
Duration of tripTypically 1 hour
PriceUp to 5 passengers you could hire the ‘Guvnor’ which costs:

Monday to Friday £160 for up to 1 hour

Saturday or Sunday: £210 for up to 1 hour

For 10-30 passengers you would need to hire the ‘River Princess’ which costs:

Monday to Friday £480 for up to 1 hour

Saturday or Sunday: £560  for up to 1 hour

For 30-50 passengers you would need to hire the ‘River Princess’ which costs – (Currently the max is 30):

Monday to Friday £510 for up to 1 hour

Saturday or Sunday: £590 for up to 1 hour

Additional informationChristians, Hindu, Sikhs and all other religions catered for as well as non-religious ceremonies.
Operating monthsOperates year round
Getting thereLambeth Pier is just by Lambeth Bridge, opposite Lambeth Palace on the South side of the river.

At the top of the embankment you will see a cafe. Walk down the side of the cafe, down the walk-way onto the pier.

From Waterloo Station: take bus 507 at a bus stop at the back of the station, where the taxis are. This will take you directly to Lambeth Palace which is opposite the Pier “ Lambeth Pier” the stop after St. Thomas’s Hospital).

From Westminster Station: Walk over Westminster Bridge and turn right along the river (away from the London Eye). It is a 5-10 minute walk before you reach Lambeth Pier, which is just by Lambeth Bridge.

ParkingThere are pay and display bays on Lambeth High Street. At the Lambeth Bridge roundabout, turn down Lambeth Palace Road, then immediately turn right onto Lambeth High Street (which does not look like a High Street)
Dove ReleaseDove release is available
CeremonyHelp needed with conducting Ashes Puja Ceremony – Hindu Celebrant is available
Suitable urnScattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow this link: Water urns

We also supply a range of water ceremony sets which include an urn, flower petals, dissolvable noteless and a certificate to record the ceremony. Our sets and ceremony accessories can be viewed here: Ceremony Sets and Accessories

Next Steps…

If you would like more information or to enquire about availability, please fill in the form below. The boat operator will then contact you directly as soon as they can. 

If you have an urgent request you will be sent the direct telephone number via email as soon as you have submitted the form.

Please note Scattering Ashes is not the boat operator, filling in the form below is the quickest way to speak with the skipper.

    First Name (required) Surname Name (required)

    Name of the deceased (optional - but it helps for booking purposes)

    Your Email (required)

    Your contact number (required)

    Boat required? - Guvnor or Old London

    Do you need us to supply a water urns ? These are an additional cost to the boat and we will contact separately about these.

    Your Message - included preferred dates if known

    central london ashes
    The Guvnor

    6 thoughts on “Central London: River Thames

    1. Reply
      Nick Spencer - 20th July 2021

      Thanks Jo and Captain for a perfect trip to say goodbye to my Dad and going that extra mile literally!

    2. Reply
      Rupa - 13th March 2019

      The day went really well and the Captain and co were really helpful and friendly. They were really helpful from the very beginning and it all came together seamlessly. We were very happy with everything and would recommend this to others.

    3. Reply
      Anonymous - 8th September 2018

      Used Thames River for scattering my fathers Ashes.

      Please be very mindful to ensure the skipper arrives on time and the company are NOT economical with the truth. Our skipper arrived 45 minutes late. Whilst waiting we were informed he will be 20 minutes late because of train delays. There were none on the day. We were offered an alternative, cancel and come another day or provide a refund ! Can you imagine my family were waiting for one of the key ceremonies for my father by the boat!
      Issue here is management incompetence, have backup plan B.

      Skipper seemed to be running to the boat. According to sources this is not the 1st time, they are late very often.

      Good news, once we got going the ceremony was peaceful.

    4. Reply
      Sandra Middleton - 11th June 2018

      Just wanted to say how superb your company is. We scattered my Mother’s ashes last Friday opposite the Peace Pagoda on the Thames and finished by throwing 30 white roses into the water. A fitting end for a born and bred Londoner. Thank you so much for making this possible.

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      Krishna Sodha - 19th October 2017

      Thames Cruise gave us an excellent service and the boat driver was very helpful and made our day a memorable one. Everything went so smoothly and according to plan.

    6. Reply
      Enna Shah - 24th May 2017

      The boat company could not have been more helpful, it was a wonderful experience. The boat driver was very accommodating of the whole family.

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