M.V Thomas Doggett
The flagship of the Thames River Services Fleet, M.V Thomas Doggett is a state-of-the-art sightseeing vessel capable of carrying up to 528 passengers across her two decks. The vessel was completed at Maasbracht in the Netherlands in 2016 & was officially named by the Lord Mayor of London Andrew Parmley on Friday 14th July 2017. Thomas Doggett entered service the following day operating sightseeing cruises between Westminster Pier, St. Katharine Pier, Greenwich Pier & the Thames Flood Barrier. The vessel is also available for private charters including sightseeing cruises & transfers between various locations.
The saloon can comfortably seat 286 passengers and features large panoramic windows, central heating & soft lighting. The fully licensed bar & toilet facilities are located at the back of the saloon. The bar serves a range of beers, wines, soft drinks & hot drinks. Drinks purchased at the bar can be taken anywhere on-board the vessel. The saloon is wheelchair accessible (via a small ramp) and an accessible toilet is located at the rear of the vessel. The upper deck can sit 242 passengers at bench seating and provides outstanding 360 degree views of the city.
Thomas Doggett is fitted with an automated audio guide allowing passengers to use their phone & headphones to listen to a commentary in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German & Mandarin. The audio guide is accessible through Wi-Fi & points out landmarks, places of interest & tells the history of the city from as far up-river as Westminster to the Thames Flood Barrier at Woolwich.
Thomas Doggett is named after the founder of the oldest annual sporting wager in the world. Thomas Doggett was an Irish actor who founded the Doggett’s Coat & Badge Race in 1715. The race was founded to commemorate the accession of George I of Hanover to the throne on the 1st August 1714.
On the 1st August each year up to six apprentice watermen row between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier in Chelsea. The winner’s prize is a traditional watermen’s red coat with a silver badge displaying the horse of the House of Hanover and the word “Liberty”. The race has continued for over 300 years and is managed by the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers.
Evening Charter Rates
Monday – Wednesday | POA*
Thursday – Sunday** | £2000*
After Midnight Surcharge | £150.00
Extra Evening Hours
Monday – Wednesday | POA
Thursday – Sunday | £500.00 Per Hour
* All charters are charged at a minimum of 4-hours.
** Friday – Sunday Rates apply on all Bank Holidays. Bespoke rates apply for New Year’s Eve & Special Events.
Sightseeing Cruises | 528 Passengers
Transfers | 528 Passengers
Saloon | 286 Passengers
Upper Deck | 242 Passengers
M.V Thomas Doggett operates sightseeing tours between Westminster / St. Katharine Pier & Greenwich Pier with Thames River Services. During the summer months Thames River Services also cruise through the Thames Flood Barrier.