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Events at City Basin


Islington Boat Club is very fortunate to be situated on three acres of water space; the second largest open space in the boroughin the very heart of the City! If you are interested in hiring any part of the club please complete the Enquiry Form


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Over the past few years the surrounding area has been developed to give public access from City Road which makes the Basin an ideal and unique venue for events, both corporate and public.

As a charity, Islington Boat Club does its very best to raise funds for itself by organising or facilitating private events on this beautiful and rare expanse of water. We are a non profit organisation; any money raised is for keeping our facilities for young children.


Our Thames Barge –  which has very recently been completely refurbished.

Now available for private hire, please contact  to chat about your requirements.


Casey Scott Photography – Family Photoshoot –  March 2017

Some past events have been:


Royal Opera

Ikea floating market

Royal Opera House – Owl & the Pussycat
A “floating market” in the Basin, run by IKEA with the boat club arranging safety and stewards for this event.
National Ballet – Parkour film.

Bellboat races – a popular team building day!

Open Days – we have a large forecourt area which can be used for stalls, BBQ’s. Perfect for a fundraising event!

On site is a kitchen, workroom and changing rooms with showers and toilets.

Possible uses could be for –

Corporate Away Days. A meeting on the barge with BBQ lunch (weather permitting) finishing with a rousing Bellboat Challenge;

Awards Ceremonies. Again on the Water Gipsy, with buffet and wine. Great photo opportunities on the barge deck;

Private Party. Birthday, anniversary, wedding reception for small groups but daytime only please;

Fashion or film shoots.  The light on the canal is splendid on a fine day, it’s a vast open area with a multitude of location possibilities. Also the Water Gipsy is ideal for a photoshoot.

Take a look at the photos and if you feel inspired please contact us. We will do our best to accommodate your event, and remember…………… you will also be supporting a very worthwhile charity and project – The Islington Boat Club!!

Our basin is the second largest piece of open space in the borough of Islington and offers a plethora of opportunities for water based events, shows, location shoots, food events and even pop up markets.

We can offer full safety cover and equipment, consultation and a spectacular backdrop! Even if your event is on another waterspace, we can offer safety consultation and services – please contact the club for more information.

Whatever you plan for your event or function, why not see if we can help?

 Just give us a call to discuss your ideas on  020 7253 0778

or email for more information.

Islington Boat Club,
16-34 Graham Street, Islington,
London, N1 8JX
020 7253 0778.

Registered Charity 287680
Registered Company 01743087