- 2 people
- 5 hours
- 1 week ago
The best houseboat in London
New Concordia Wharf, United Kingdom
Max 10 people
, 4 cabins
3 double beds / 2 single beds
Min 3 nights / Max 90 nights
Check in 4 p.m. / Check out 11 a.m.
Stay on a boat in London, United Kingdom
The Harpy, built in 1904 as 'HMS Harpy' was the world's first floating Customs House, now restored to create an exceptional 4-bed London super luxury home with the postcard view of Tower Bridge.
Heal's 1920's oak furniture, Egyptian linen, eclectic art & objects, great kitchen, fibre optic WiFi, Sky Q TV & Sonos/Bose sound system throughout, make staying on board The Harpy a memorable experience. With no traffic noise, this unique home is a magical quiet place in the city; just the quacking ducks and swans for company!
With 1,850 sq. ft. (172 sq. m.) of internal accommodation on an 80ft (24.3m) x 30ft (9.2m) pontoon, The Harpy is one of the largest Thames houseboats.
Because of the unusual nature of the vessel, and unlike most houseboats, all cabins are above deck with exceptional river views.
The Harpy is connected to mains water (with an alkaline water filtration system), mains electricity, mains gas (with gas central heating and gas cooking), a landline telephone, fibre optic wi-fi and Sky Q TV.
Sleeping arrangements For up to 10
Bedroom 1 - 1 king bed, 1 sofa bed, 1 crib
Bedroom 2 - 1 queen bed
Bedroom 3 - 1 queen bed
Bedroom 4 - 1 queen bed, 2 single beds
The upper deck living space is a 60ft (18.3m) long x 14ft/16ft, (900 sq. ft./84 sq. m.), open plan living/dining/kitchen, with 22 windows and exposed timber trusses to the 11ft 9in (3.6m) high ceiling.
The upper deck furniture includes a 1922 Heals oak dining table designed for Winston Churchill at Chartwell, several other 1920's Heals pieces, a 1925 Savoy Bar chair, two 1928 LC2 Le Corbusier chairs, two 1935 Alvar Aalto bentwood lounge chairs, six Emeco 1944 aluminum Navy chairs (with cushions, so they're comfortable), a 1950's Hygena kitchen unit and a Conran beech circular kitchen table.
The art on board includes works by Gladys M. Black, Eric Rimmington, Patrice Moor, Michael B White, Keggie Carew, Julie Wadsworth and Rosannah Wadsworth. Photographs include a set of original 1890's photos of Tower Bridge under construction.
There is a lot of lighting, mostly on dimmers.
From the living-dining-kitchen, there are 2 doors and a French window onto the 1,238 sq. ft. (115 sq.m.) upper deck, with an eight seater teak dining table, a serving table and two benches, all with the postcard view of Tower Bridge and City skyline down to Canary Wharf. There are 12 external upper deck bulkhead lights and stainless steel safety wires between the deck rails.
The kitchen includes an American fridge/freezer/ice maker, an alkaline water filtration system, Neff gas hob and double oven, extractor fan, Miele dishwasher, microwave, espresso coffee machine, rice steamer, juicer and all the basics; chefs knives, kettle, Dualit toaster, Kenwood blenders, cafetieres and Le Creuset pots and pans, graters, measuring jugs, mixing bowls, oven gloves, tea towels etc.
There is plenty of (white) crockery/serving dishes and Tablecraft cutlery; generally 18 of everything. Guests are welcome to use the herbs, spices and oils and various dried foods.
Off the entrance hall is a laundry cupboard with a Miele washer dryer.
On the lower deck, Master Cabin 1 has a large window (with electric curtains) overlooking Tower Bridge. The bed is a king size 1920's Heal's oak four poster, 183cm (6ft) x 198cm (6ft 6in). The bed originally belonged to Daisy Fellowes, a well-known socialite of the time and Great Aunt of Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes, no less.
Most of the furniture on The Harpy is 1920's Heals oak; 51 pieces at the last count.
Cabin 1 has two bedside tables, two Heal's oak wardrobes (with plenty of wooden hangers), a full length 1930's draper's shop mirror, Heal's oak desk, stool and a sofa (which can also be used as a sofa bed if required), and three Turkish kilims.
The ensuite bath has a riveted cast iron tub (if Captain Pugwash made baths, it would look like this), with hand shower, a separate shower, loo, large basin, four mirrored cupboards with side lighting and two heated towel rails.
Sonos speakers, a new Sony HD TV, SKY Q, electric curtains and limed oak wooden Venetian blinds make this an exceptional bedroom.
There is a private deck area accessed off Master Cabin 1, with two deck chairs and side table.
Cabin 2 has a queen size double bed; 5ft (150cm) x 6ft 3in (190cm), two bedside tables, touch controlled bedside lights, wardrobe with a full-length mirror, bookcase cabinet, small table, stool and three kilims.
Cabin 3 has a standard size double bed; 140cm (4ft 6ins) x 190cm (6ft 3ins), two bedside tables, touch controlled bedside lights, wardrobe with a full-length mirror, dressing table, stool and two kilims.
Cabin 4 has two 75cm (2ft 6in) x 190cm (6ft 3ins) single beds which combine with zip-linked mattresses to make a queen size double bed; 150cm (5ft) x 190cm (6ft 3ins). With single beds there is one bedside table and light, with a double there are two bedside tables and lights. There is a wardrobe with a full-length mirror, a chest of drawers, desk, stool, Sony TV and TV cabinet and two kilims.
The Alphabeds Whitecroft sprung mattresses have all organic British wool fillings with cotton covers and no fire retardant chemicals. The linen in all cabins is Egyptian white cotton, professionally laundered and pressed before each letting. The duvets are feather and down, as are the pillows, with anti-allergy covers. There is an ample supply of good size cotton fluffy towels and bathmats.
Bathroom 2 has a bath with overhead shower, and separate hand shower, two mirrored cupboards, side lighting and two heated towel rails.
The guest loo has a basin, mirrored cupboard, side lighting and a towel rail over a radiator.
Floors throughout are oak. There are curtains and/or blinds in all rooms and loads of cushions.
This is a 'whole house' offer so all main areas on board are open to guests, except the boiler room/tool shed and hull.
The Harpy has two secure underground parking spaces in Scotts Sufferance Wharf, Mill Street; just ask if you would like to use one - no extra charge.
The nearest bus stops are in Jamaica Road, at the end of Mill Street, c. 250m/a 3-minute walk.
The nearest London Underground is Bermondsey Station, also on Jamaica Road, c. 850m - a 10-minute walk. London Bridge Underground Station is c. 1,500m - a 20-minute walk along the river, through Potters Field, the park next to Tower Bridge - a nicer walk but takes a bit longer than to Bermondsey Station.
There is a mini-cab office at the end of Mill Street, in Dockhead. London black cabs are usually available in Jamaica Road and Uber taxis usually arrive by China Wharf, Mill Street (adjacent to The Harpy) within 5-10 minutes.
In the historic heart of London, Bermondsey has many interesting and varied places to visit:
400m - Tower Bridge.
1,000m - The Tower of London.
800m - HMS Belfast - a 1938 battleship served in the World War II D-Day landings in 1944 and the 1950 Korean war, now a floating museum.
1,100m - The Fashion & Textile Museum.
1,100m - White Cube Gallery - one of the world's leading contemporary art galleries.
A bit further afield are Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and The Tate Modern at Bankside; c. 2,500m - a c. 30-minute walk. The Southbank Centre is 1,000m further along the river - a c. 45-minute walk.
There are dozens of restaurants, cafes & bars within easy walking distance of The Harpy. Our favourites are:
50m - Blue Print Cafe (British).
75m - La Cantina (Italian).
85m - Bengal Clipper (Indian).
100m - Le Pont de la Tour Restaurant & Brasserie (French):
110m - The Butlers Wharf Chop House (British).
600m - Dim T (Chinese dumplings).
500m - St John Maltby (British).
1,100m - Fuckoffee (Cafe).
There are three great street markets nearby:
Maltby Street Market (Food & Drink & Antiques - Saturday & Sunday).
Borough Market (Food & Drink - Monday to Saturday. Established over 1,000 years ago, in 1014).
Bermondsey Market: (Antiques & collectables - Fridays 6am - 2pm).
What's special about this boat
New Concordia Wharf
About the marina/waterway
The Harpy has her own access from between New Concordia Wharf and China Wharf, at the end of Mill Street, 400m east of Tower Bridge. Off Tooley Street/Jamaica Road, heading east, Mill Street is the 5th turning on the left after Tower Bridge Road.
- Offers trips/charters (skippered)
- Cooker (cooking allowed)
- Coffee machine
- Smoking allowed
- CO2 alarm
- Smoke alarm
- iPod Dock
- CD Player/Radio
- DVD Player
- Welcome pack
- Electricity 24/7
- Walk-on access
- Crew on board
- Food and drink included
- Hot tub
- Additional Cot Hire
- Dog friendly
- Kid friendly
- Disabled access
- Free car parking
- Walking distance to town
- Swimming Pool
- Disabled access
- Paddlesports hire
- Boat hire
The Harpy house boat of happiness
The accommodations were spectacular and beyond our expectations. Andrew met us when we arrived, gave us the grand tour, walked us to a local lunch haunt, left us with a welcoming bottle of wine and fresh baked bread. The living area was perfect and allowed a lot of terrific family interaction and after our daily jaunts we had dinner every night at 'home." Honestly, we were not ready to leave and have discussed coming back again. The location was perfect and surprisingly far quieter than I thought it might be, being so close to the tower bridge. The beds were very comfortable and the entire house boat well appointed. We feel privileged being able to stay there.
Without question the best houseboat in London. Fantastic place and Andrew makes it all work wonderfully. I arranged it as a surprise trip and all my guests were blown away by the venue. I had planned outings in London but they all wanted to stay in and enjoy this unique venue