A journey down the Thames – Part 2

A few weeks ago we set off on a journey down the River Thames stopping off at some famous and historic landmarks on the way including Henley Royal Regatta, Bateaux Windsor, Hampton Court and the Royal Hospital Chelsea for the RHS Flower Show.

This time we pick up our travels right in the heart of the city at Embankment Pier which is a busy hub for river boats and home to Bateaux London, the leading provider of Thames dining cruise experiences. The concept launched in 1992 with its first boat Symphony serving delicious food to guests whilst cruising up and down the Thames. It was later joined by Harmony, a Scandinavian cruise-liner in 2012 which has the largest open viewing deck on the Thames. Today both boats entertain thousands of guests on their lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or Sunday Jazz cruises as well as being a popular venue for private events. New for 2017 is the Harmony Roof Garden – a haven of flowers and fruit trees with a make –your-own drink bar and stylish street food menu to enjoy the summer sun!


Bateaux London – The open viewing deck of The Harmony

Travelling east our next stop is The Crystal, one of the world’s most sustainable buildings. Located on the waterfront in East London it is home to the world’s largest exhibition on the future of cities, a sustainable events venue and office space for global engineering powerhouse Siemens. Since opening its doors in 2012 it has become a global hub for debate on sustainable living and development and welcomed over 100,000 visitors a year to its interactive exhibition.

The Crystal (2)

The Crystal by Siemens – a sustainable building landmark


The building itself is renowned for setting the benchmark for sustainable building design. It is the only building in the world to achieve the highest certification in both the BREEAM and LEED schemes, as well as many other accreditations.

The café has also recently undergone a total refurbishment with interesting displays for visitors to look at whilst enjoying the latest culinary delight. If you have a latte on the outdoor terrace you will be able to look across at our final destination, the Emirates Aviation Experience which is located next door to the Emirates Air Line overlooking the Thames on the Greenwich Peninsula.

This unique experience opened in 2013 and covers over 300 square metres with two floors making use of state-of-the-art technology, interactive displays and life-size aircraft models to bring the exciting world of modern aviation to life. The venue also features a genuine Rolls Royce jet engine which shows the inner workings of one of the most powerful engines currently in operation and the world’s first public facing commercial flight simulators of their kind; two Airbus A380s and two Boeing B777s, utilising full landscape visuals, allowing visitors to practice their take-off and landing skills at popular destinations worldwide. A great experience to share with your family or as part of a team building session with colleagues.

For further information about all of the above venues and events visit http://www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com/

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