The Handbook
The Handbook

Londoners are always on a quest to make dining more of an experience. We’ve mastered excellent restaurants and now we need more. We can dine 100 feet above London, we can immerse ourselves in different worlds, we can eat underground in former WCs (better than it sounds) and now we can ditch dry land and eat whilst floating down the Thames in a glass boat aptly named Glass Room.

It’s Bateaux London’s brand-new boat and it’s quite a sight to see. Whilst walking over Waterloo Bridge the other night it slowly glided below me, a giant glass room with twinkling lights, a terrace at the back, a balcony at the front and an interior (designed by Tom Dixon) featuring leafy plants and oak cladding. That’s the thing about glass, it lets see you everything and everyone inside, so expect to get lots of stares, waves and photos taken of you from people on the bank.

Bringing together modern dining with classic service, dining takes place in the Glass Room restaurant which features a grand piano, crisp white tablecloths and low-lit lamps. Hoisting up its anchor for lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and Sunday lunch, the menu varies depending on when you visit but the British menu will champion seasonality. Expect to find the likes of Severn and Wye smoked salmon with celeriac remoulade; Isle of Wight heritage tomatoes with Vulscombe goats’ curd, black olive oil and sourdough and on a Sunday roast beef comes with all the trimmings including duck fat potatoes, carrots, greens and lashings of gravy and is served to a soundtrack of live jazz.

With a back-lit mirrored bottle display, porthole-style lighting and handblown Murano glass lamps, the bar is the ideal place for a pre-dinner drink. Going on a date? Then the views will give you something to talk about if conversation slows up. That said if conversation dries up entirely you are stuck on a boat with them… so maybe don’t make it a first date. To drink we’ll be ordering the Tom-tini, named after Tom Dixon it’s made from Monkey 47 gin, Pierre Ferrand orange cognac and home-made basil and orange marmalade.

If you’re looking to host a private event with a little more je nais se quois, then you also hire out Glass Room in its entirety for up to 400 guests or you can book the room at the back of the boat for up to 60.

London is already a city that is anything but ordinary but now it’s a time to experience it in another unique way.

Glass Room is open now, for details of departure and dining check out the website below.