Dozens Of Vintage Boats Moor Up In Central London This September

Last Updated 18 July 2024

Dozens Of Vintage Boats Moor Up In Central London This September
A wooden sail boat, one of several boat moored up at St Katharine Docks
Image: St Katharine Docks

Around 40 preserved vintage boats are mooring up at central London's only marina for a free festival.

The Classic Boat Festival returns to St Katharine Docks — next to Tower Bridge — on 7-8 September 2024 as part of the Totally Thames Festival. It's the 15th time the event has been held, and will be bigger than ever, extending into the west basin so larger vessels can take part.

Several Dunkirk Little Ships moored up together at St Katharine Docks, many decked out with bunting and flags
Image: St Katharine Docks

Among the vessels on display are several of the surviving Dunkirk Little Ships, which sailed across the Channel to rescue trapped Allied soldiers in 1940. There's also the chance to see historic tugs and a Navy P2000 vessel. Thames sailing barges and Whitstable smack Thistle are among the bigger boats taking part for the first time.

Some of the work boats, and sailing and motor yachts, will be available for the public to climb onboard and have a closer look, while chatting with the owners. Bit wobbly on your sea legs? Stay firmly on dry land for live entertainment at an outdoor seating area, food and drink stalls, kids' activities, boat building workshops, and other nautical-themed happenings across the three days.

A barge moored up at St Katharine Docks
Image: St Katharine Docks

The Classic Boat Festival at St Katharine Docks takes place 7-8 September 2024. The festival starts and ends with an opening and closing salute of horns each day.