The Boathouse

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The University of London Boat House is situated in a scenic and secluded area of Chiswick, London. It has good overland railway connections to London Waterloo and plenty of parking available on the site – which is about an acre and a half and completely self contained and behind lockable gates. The facility is used for many activities. If you would like to use the site please contact in the first instance.

ULBH’s location on the river is one of the safer spots. In addition, as the most upriver Boathouse on the Tideway we have good access to the less busy parts above Richmond Lock and the stretch in front of the Boathouse is calm enough to row on in most weather conditions.

Hiring the Venue

Ways you can hire ULBC

Available for visiting crews to have training camps or brief visits before Head-races on the Tideway.

For boats and equipment, trailers can be stored on site and racks can normally be made available for boats. Coaching launches are available for hire. Crew meals can be catered for.

For an initial discussion, please either email the Boathouse administrator at or call the Boathouse on +44 (0)20 8994 5928

The boathouse clubroom and grounds which overlook the river can be used for lunches, parties, weddings or other events. The clubroom can seat 80 or 120 standing but there are folding doors onto the patio which can opened to provide direct access into a marquee. Or the doors can simply be opened so people can wander outside and stand on the balcony to look at the river and the wonderful view towards Oliver’s Island, Kew Rail and Road Bridge.

There is a kitchen on site – which can be made available to hirers.

Please contact via email for an initial discussion of requirements.

The University of London Boathouse was originally built in two phases in 1936 and in 1937. Since then it has been extended and modified on several occasions and has been in continuous use as the University boathouse, except during World War 2 when it was used to store coffins.

Architecturally, the boathouse is an example of the 1930’s international modern style. The structure is reinforced concrete with flat concrete roofs.

The first floor clubroom and the lockers in the men’s changing room are typical of a 1930’s sporting clubhouse interior.

Viewed from either the Surrey bank of the Thames or from the river, the boathouse is seen together with the adjacent Hartington Court as a part of a unique Thames vista, a continuous panorama of 1930’s waterfront architecture.

The extensive private grounds and open river frontage provide a unique facility in West London.

Please contact via email for an initial discussion of requirements.

The grounds of the Boathouse are regularly used for:

• Storing RIBS and other river or sailing boats

• Parking for vehicles involved in filming

If you would like to park a boat on the site please contact

The clubroom is available for hire on a regular basis for activities such as yoga classes, meetings, workshops etc.

Tables and chairs are provided and access to a kitchen can be made available by agreement.

Please contact in the first instance.

Lounge Hire

• Private events less than 100 people (6pm ’till midnight) £320

• Private events more than 100 people (6pm ’till midnight) £750

Daily Parking

• Film crews £400

Room hire

• Hourly from £38

Use of Location

• Filming daily rate £ by negotiation

• Training camp (per day per person) £4.00

Launch hire

• Per session (by arrangement with UL Rowing Ltd) £35

For any inquiries please email