Thames Luxury Charters

20 Years of Excellence

Owned and operated by the Livett family who have worked on the River Thames for 6 generations 

Thames Luxury Charters

Unparalleled Service

Our event management team, crew and onboard hospitality staff are committed to meeting your bespoke event requirements

Thames Luxury Charters

Official Waterman To H.M. Queen Elizabeth II

Managing Director, Chris Livett, is the youngest Master of the Company of Watermen & Lightermen and is a Waterman to Her Majesty Queen

Elizabeth II.

About Us

Thames Luxury Charters was formed in 1993 and is owned by Chris Livett and his wife Belinda. The Livett family have worked and owned companies on the River Thames in London since 1710.


Chris was the youngest Master of the River Thames "Company of Watermen & Lightermen" and is a Waterman to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

We aim to provide you with the level of care and attention you would expect from the owners and operators of the boats! Our focus is on excellence at every level; including the customer service received from our event management team, the warm welcome and attention to detail during your event and of course the quality of the fleet of river boats themselves. 

The Queens Diamond Jubilee 

2012 was a momentous year for Thames Luxury Charters as we were privileged to be a part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.


The successful celebration of the Queen's 60th year on the throne was the culmination of over two years of hard work by the Pageant organising team. Director, Chris Livett was part of the organising committee and dedicated an enormous amount of his time in making sure the pageant was something that would cement itself in British history. On the day, he was incredibly honoured to be invited to sail on the Royal barge as it made its way down the river.


 Chris Livett on board the vessel with the Royal Family

The Olympics Opening Ceremony

Only a few months after the Jubilee, we were then asked to assist with the Olympic opening ceremony.

Following weeks of rehearsals, vigilant security measures and tight-lip, sporting legend and British hero David Beckham surreptitiously left the Thames Luxury Charters office and was ushered onto Butler’s Wharf Pier. Managing Director, Chris Livett and Project Coordinator Ed Livett played hosts to the Beckhams on board the M.V. Erasmus before boarding the Blade runner speedboat to deliver the Olympic torch.

David Beckham at the helm after leaving from TLC headquarters