Ever eager to source the freshest private dining options for our clients, we headed to Paddington Basin to check out The Boathouse, a floating venue deliciously catered by Banquet. Moored at Floating Pocket Park, a short walk from Edgware Road station, The Boathouse is a cool luxuriously furnished boutique hotel and events space on an industrial style barge. Guests are greeted with a cocktail on the rooftop deck, before being shown downstairs to a long table with space for 22 guests. The space has an opulently warm feel, with Scandinavian furniture and a galley kitchen run by Banquet; a catering team with a background in Michelin starred cookery, food styling and photography. This was certainly a recipe for a memorable dinner experience.

Our visit to The Boathouse delivered a fantastic feast. The small team were attentive, and the food was wonderful. For a 5 course, 22-person banquet prepared on a boat, it ranked among the better meals we’ve recently enjoyed. Highlights included a pea Panna Cotta, studded with ham hock, pickled walnut and finished with an aromatic puff of smoke that arose from the jar when opened. The truffled Arancini were heavenly, as was the rump of glazed spring Lamb with roasted shallot. The Barbecue Pineapple with coconut ice cream and a light ginger cake was also a treat. After the arrival cocktail, drinks are BYOB, meaning guests can be a lavish as they like with their wines.

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Being immersed in the cooking experience made the food taste even better. We chatted with our fellow diners, watching as our courses were expertly prepared from the small open kitchen at the end of the room. We eagerly awaited as each delicious course was chopped, simmered and blow-torched to perfection. The format of the table meant that guests soon became acquainted with each other. The whole experience can be booked privately for parties of up to 22, making it a great option for client dinners, staff parties, corporate events and special occasions with your nearest and dearest. Weather permitting, there’s an option to dine alfresco too, making this a lovely option for intimate summer parties and celebrations. To arrange your immersive private dining experience at The Boathouse, or the many unique venues we work with, speak with your friends at Flavour Venue Search and we’ll help with finding your perfect venue.