About Us

For more than 150 years, Hobbs of Henley have offered the finest hospitality on the River Thames.

Founded in 1870, Hobbs of Henley has a long history on the Thames. From generation to generation, our family has handed down expert knowledge of the river, boating, and event management. Today, we operate the largest fleet on the Thames, continuing the family tradition with undiminished enthusiasm.

Our vessels range in size from three-seater rowboats to our flagship, The New Orleans, which regularly sets sail with 125 passengers on board.

We offer an incredible variety of services, from self-drive boat hire, to themed cruises on our larger vessels, to specialist boat storage.

For more information, read our history.

Hobbs of Henley supports a local charity ‘Riverside Counselling Services’ which offers affordable counselling to young people and adults for the second year in a row they have partnered with them  and will be donating a percentage of  their corporate charter fees to this charity. If you would like to learn more about this charity then please click here or if you’d like to personally donate please click here.

Our Team

Meet our Team

Jonathan Hobbs

Managing Director

Suzy Hobbs

Business Development

Peter Herbert


Kim Clifford

General Manager

Andy Trust

Boatyard Services Manager

Pete West

Senior Skipper

Lewis Clifford

Deputy Manager

Darren Martin

Darren Martin

Senior Skipper

Kerry Harris

Passenger Boat Co Ordinator

Lisa Clifford

Executive Secretary

Luke Herrington


Sam Earl

Passenger Boat Crew

Sam Newbury

Lilibet Skipper

Sonny Martin

Boat Front Supervisor

Ollie Summerland

Boat Front Staff

Colin Hinton


Caroline Dent


The crew and staff were absolutely brilliant. They made the day perfect… Hobbs should be really proud of their staff!”

latest news

Riverside news, views & musings

Hobbs of Henley Boat electroglide cruising along the river thames with 5 passengers on board, who are smiling and having a good time. The bridge and the angel pub can be seen in the background.
21 October 2023

A 3 minute Read by Alice West

Hobbs of Henley’s New Electric Class Launches: A Sustainable Step Towards a Greener Riverside

We are delighted to announce the latest additions to our fleet: five state-of-the-art electric class launches which landed here in…

21 October 2023

A 4 minute Read by Alice West

Jonathan Hobbs’ Experience as a Royal Waterman at the King’s Coronation

In the rich tapestry of British traditions, few are as enduring as the ceremonies that surround the monarchy. Steeped in…


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Henley home
with you…

Henley 1870 T-Shirt


Henley 1870 Hoodie


Mr Hobbs Henley Gin 70cl with Gift Box


Mr Hobbs 150 Gin – 70cl


Mr Hobbs 150 Gin 70cl with Gift Box


River Thames
Boat Hire

Hobbs of Henley boat Aquavir cruising along the river thames, driven by a skipper with 4 passengers on board. The sky is cloudy, and there are houses pictured in the background that are right on the river.

Self-Drive or Skippered Hire

Nestled at the heart of the stunning riverside town of Henley-on-Thames.


Treat yourself to a holiday aboard one of our elegant vessels…

A wedding celebration aboard The New Orleans boat. Passengers are enjoying the outside of the boat, while cruising along the river thames with a number of boats also on the river in the background. The trees are green and the sky is blue with clouds dotted around.


Celebrate your special day in style aboard the largest and most luxurious fleet on the Thames.

The Waterman boat has just departed the Hobbs of Henley boatyard. It is full of passengers enjoying one of the daily river trips. You can see Henley on Thames in the background, the trees are green and there are blue skies.


Whether it’s one of our regular sightseeing trips, a fun themed cruise, or a seasonal event, Hobbs of Henley has the perfect trip for you.

The Hibernia cruising along the river thames, with the Henley Royal Regatta busy crouds alongside the river and in the stands watching the rowing races.


Enjoy a private group trip on Britain’s royal river…

Inside one of the Hobbs of Henley passenger boats, set up for a corporate event. The table is laid for 20 people with bottled water and pens at the ready. There is a TV and whiteboards set up at the back of the boat.


Looking for a unique setting for your corporate event? Look no further than our stylish and comfortable riverboats!