Caterers and event specialist, Sodexo, is reinventing dining on the water with the relaunch of two of its classic boats as modern dining experiences, featuring interiors by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio.
Under the umbrella of Bateaux London, the Glass Room (previously Symphony) will weigh anchor this November with River Room (previously Harmony) completed by Autumn 2019. These destination dining rooms on the water, sailing from Embankment Pier, will offer a unique experience for individual diners, corporate dining, celebrations and private charter, with the Glass Room targeted to city visitors and River Room designed to appeal to a London demographic.
The all-glass structure of Glass Room enables guests to enjoy views of London’s most iconic landmark buildings without interruption. It can accommodate 235 for a seated dining experience and 400 guests for a reception. Signature features include an exterior viewing platform for groups of up to 60 and a private dining room seating 10.
The Glass Room’s kitchen team, led by head chef Jose Cacciavillani, prepare all the food on board with a focus on fresh and sustainable produce. The modern British menus will be available to book for lunch and dinner with a variety of packages on offer. Afternoon tea and Sunday lunch jazz voyages are accompanied by resident musicians and live entertainment.
The Tom Dixon-designed River Room, along with a new bar and café launching at The Moor Room, are aimed at a London audience and will offer a programme of distinct and immersive dining experiences with a schedule of masterclasses, pop-ups and summer cinema screenings.
Catrin White, marketing director at Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, said: “Bateaux spearheaded dining on the Thames over 25 years ago and we are so excited to be yet again leading the way with a new, elevated offering. Our aim is to bring a truly unique food-led experience to the Thames – a complete on-board package complemented by outstanding design, impeccable service and a quality food offering.’’