I was lucky enough to spend last week on the utterly unique Harpy Houseboat and we had an amazing stay.
The boat is incredibly comfortable and is furnished like a home with so much love and attention. I spent hours just walking around the boat looking at all of the different pieces of art never mind the view that is so every changing that you could literally spend a day gazing out of each viewpoint. The kitchen is equipped with anything you might have in your own house and more !!
The location is great with lots on your door step. We had an outstanding meal in "Bravas Tapas" which was an enjoyable walk just over Tower Bridge and had some lovely coffee and crepes in "Le Pont de la Tour" only a short stroll from The Harpy.
As we were staying in the middle of a show storm we were concerned that we may not be warm enough but this was not the case and we remained cosy throughout the stay - so much so we hardly wanted to leave the boat at all.
Andrew was a perfect host and looked after us so well - we really felt like we were staying in a friends house. We have all fallen in love with The Harpy and are already planning when we can come back and visit again.
Five of us stayed here for 3 nights to celebrate a double birthday (mine and my daughter's) which had been booked as a surprise although my husband let slip it was a house boat. We had not expected anything so amazing in such a fantastic location with superb views of Tower Bridge. All the fittings, fixtures, furniture and art work in The Harpy are beautiful and in keeping with such a lovely old 'boat'. The kitchen was extremely well equipped and we struggled to find anything that was missing however in the end we did come up with a pizza wheel! though maybe there was one somewhere but we just didn't find it in the many drawers and cupboards.
Waking up in the morning and drawing the electric curtains in the Master Cabin to reveal the stunning view of Tower Bridge is a memory that we will always remember fondly. We are glad we didn't have many activities planned in London so we could sit and admire the views and watch the tide go in and out and The Harpy move up and down. When we left and came home we missed the gentle rocking. The Harpy was a fantastic bubble in busy London and it was hard to believe that we were so close to all the action.
We really appreciated the time that Andrew spent showing us around The Harpy. He was the perfect host and it was good to hear about the history of the 'boat' which obviously is his pride and joy. Maybe in addition to the manual explaining the working of items and where to find things a page on the history of The Harpy would be interesting for guests.
Thank you so much for sharing The Harpy with us.
The Harpy is amazing. It was more impressive than we could have imagined. The view of the Tower Bridge is unmatched and the location is perfect for exploring the city. Top to bottom everything was great. The ship is spotless and makes you feel right at home. Everything you could need is provided and Andrew’s tour and hand book will guide you through all the ins and outs of your experience while aboard. Don’t even get me started about the beds. They are the most comfortable things in England. We missed almost all our morning activities as the beds wouldn’t let us leave. If there was anything better than sitting on the deck having a cup of tea looking at the bridge while David Bowie plays throughout the boat from the Sonos system I don’t know what it is. We will be back. Can’t thank you enough Andrew. Cheers.
The Harpy is permanently moored at China Wharf on the Thames. From the moment we met the owner Andrew, we knew this was going to be a very special weekend on a very special boat. Andrew was so welcoming and took time to give us a tour of the boat explaining everything we might need to know on the way. We were provided with a lovely welcome pack and left to celebrate my 70th birthday with my family. All our expectations were exceeded, we had champagne on the deck, and the views of Tower Bridge, especially at night, are absolutely stunning. The four double cabins are very comfortable, however, ours was just fantastic. Electric operated curtains open up to a direct view of the Thames and The Tower of London. Saturday morning we were lucky enough to see Tower Bridge open to salute the Lord Mayor in the Queens Barge Gloriana arrive at the Naval establshment opposite us! The boat is so beautifully well equipped I cannot think of one thing that should be added to enhance a stay, it is comfortable, wonderful tv and hi fi system, the beds and linen top quality and obviously loved by its owners and now us. My son is planning a stay next year and all my friends are rushing to their computers to see if they too can enjoy, what for me was just the perfect weekend. Thank you so much Andrew, if I could give this review 6 stars I most certainly would. Sue
OMG!!! We booked The Harpy to celebrate a 70th birthday and this place made it a truly special weekend. Everything is catered for at such a high standard. How can you stay in something so peaceful yet have one of the most bustling backdrops. Thank you Andrew. We’re definitely coming back with friends next time and can’t wait!!
Excellent & quirky, great views & stunning accomadation also very peaceful & quiet considering your moored up at Butlers wharf,would definitely recommend the Harpy houseboat.
This "houseboat" is fixed on the south side of the River Thames, east of Tower Bridge, so it is very well placed for trips along the South Bank, to Tate Modern, Festival Hall, Golden Hind, Unicorn Theatre, Brunel Museum etc. The views are terrific, glamorous with lights reflecting on the water at night, by day one can watch river traffic, cormorants fishing, swans and ducks aplenty. The boat rises and falls with the tides, and rocks with the swell or the washes from passing craft: some people visiting us felt queasy. Accommodation is fantastic, the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom is gorgeous, the other bedrooms, while absolutely fine, are quite small. The kitchen is well equipped, the furnishing is really beautiful and quirky. We had little children with us, it was quite stressful being sure they were safe. We had to have rules about not going on deck, it would be easy enough for a child to climb the railings, or slide under, especially on the lower deck, and fall overboard if not watched.