A life on the river’s edge.

Barge-Master-DoggettsIt was a privilege to be part of a recent event at our very own Watermen’s Hall, apart from the food and company, one highlight was to hear from the past master Ken Dwan speak about how his family had been in the Watermen trade for 500 years. What is a Waterman, one may ask?

Well, a Waterman is a river worker who transports passengers, as a form of transport within city centres, and the Company of the Watermen are actively involved in providing apprenticeships in the ‘water trade’ especially associated with the River Thames.

In 1555, through an Act of Parliament, the company was formed to regulate this trade to make it safer and to govern tariffs. As one can imagine, in those days anyone taking a ‘water taxi’ home after a few drinks could easily be held to ransom for a higher fare to be let off the boat!

Every year, a number of apprentices are educated in all there is to know about the ‘water’ trade, uniquely designated to the River Thames. In fact, almost all major events that happen on the River Thames bypasses The Company of Watermen.

Amongst the historical and rare artefacts, the rooms within Watermen’s Hall are steeped in lots of historical stories of our famous river making this a unique venue to watch out for. Situated only 3 minutes from Monument Station, its centrality and intimate feel makes the space a popular choice for any event.

It is undoubtedly a hidden gem.

The evening flowed with delicious canapes, some of a ‘water’ theme from ale battered oysters with prune puree, to beetroot cured salmon served with fresh horseradish, and cucumber ribbons. A quinoa, nigella and fennel seeded coated goats cheese was served on walnut toast and Mizuna.

Interested to know more….? Why not book a luncheon at our Royal Thames Luncheon Club and see for yourself and step into the life on the river’s edge.

Find out more on: http://www.watermenshall.co.uk/river-thames-lunch-club/Image Today 22-26-09

Until next time….


Yuki Solle

Business Development Manager