In its 18th year of operation, Londonâ€™s premier restaurant cruise provider, Bateaux London, is top of its game. The sparkling highlights for the company included being up 6% in the number of guests dining in the restaurant, launching a new product and hosting a number of headlining events on board the Symphony and Naticia.
Sailing 6,000 miles in the year, Bateaux London operated almost 600 scheduled dining cruises accommodating 98,000 guests. Throughout the year, almost 30,000 dinner meals were served between the two vessels where 3,000 bottles of champagne were popped and 8,000 oxtail tortellini were made by the chefs. A total of 4000 punnetts of strawberries and raspberries were purchased from local British suppliers, served on numerous desserts like the raspberry financier with white chocolate and peppermint mouse, raspberry paint and black pepper tuille. 50,000 cups of Fairtrade coffee were served by Bateaux London wait staff and the Reservations team took around 490 booking-related phone calls each week.
In 2010 Bateaux London was the venue for a wide range of events, from a comedy evening featuring Jimmy Carr to the Springboard FutureChefâ€™s Bateaux Bash, with special guest Matt Dawson MBE, and a London Launch: Learn networking event.
What looks like an easy task on board a Bateaux London cruise is entirely due to the 65 permanent staff members of Bateaux London, 32 of which are required to provide 200 dinner cruise guests with the unique experience Bateaux London provides.
In October Bateaux London launched its afternoon tea cruise, adding to the portfolio of lunch, Sunday Lunch jazz and dinner cruises already on offer. Guests indulged in an afternoon of tea, talk and treats on the Thames as they sailed past Londonâ€™s most iconic buildings whilst enjoying Bateaux's resident solo pianist. The launch was a great success and will become part of the scheduled product range from April to October 2011, operating every Wednesday.
Offering scheduled lunch, dinner and afternoon tea cruises, each of Bateaux Londonâ€™s vessels offer private dining facilities and the opportunity for private charter as guests enjoy the best views of London from the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben to the London Eye, St Paulâ€™s Cathedral and Canary Wharf. Menus are prepared freshly onboard and incorporate seasonal produce.
After a hugely successful 2010, Bateaux London will start the New Year on a high, having confirmed 56 private vessel hires for 2011 and 300 guests on board for their New Yearâ€™s Eve cruise.