Battersea, London
Bed & Breakfast

Fascinating B&B on a barge in Battersea with friendly hosts and delicious breakfasts; catch the river bus into central London


4 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Jenny and Henry’s Belgian Spitz barge was originally used for shipping grain, but they’ve transformed it single-handedly into an utterly unique home. They’ll be on hand to greet you on arrival, along with Moose, their friendly Newfoundland dog.

There’s a wonderful feeling of space, and two rooms at a time are given over to guests unless you’re a group. Settle in the guest sitting room by the wood-burner, hop up a ladder into a little wheelhouse library and look out onto the river from the chaise longue. Sunbathe on the two decks and lap up the to-ing and fro-ing of passing boats, herons and cormorants.

Jenny loves to cook, so breakfast is a treat: good coffee, croissants, eggs Benedict or a full English – it’s a convivial affair at a long table on the upstairs level. You can take the Thames Clipper river bus into central London and there are plenty of restaurants and shops close by.

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We think you'll love

  • Having a taste of river-living in such a luxurious space
  • Being so central with the King’s Road a walk away
  • Jenny and Henry – such charming and sociable hosts
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Home truths

  • There’s often noise from river traffic, a nearby heliport and flight path


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm or flexible
Check out
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Pubs/restaurants 2-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £130
2 Doubles
From £130
1 Double
From £130
1 Double
From £300


What a fabulous find and all credit to Henry and Jenny for creating this beautiful home from home on the Thames. Very convenient for the Thames Clipper jetty that is right next to the barge. Excellent value for money and a great breakfast. Thank you both (including Moose) for such a great stay. I have recommended you to friends and family.

Louise, Norwich

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The neighbourhood

The barge is moored on a smart pontoon on Plantation Wharf, halfway between Battersea and Wandsworth and with views of both bridges. There are good bus links and Clapham Junction rail station is a ten-minute walk away; the Thames Clipper river bus leaves from the wharf several times a day and the route into central London goes past Tate Britain, the Embankment and Greenwich. The King’s Road and Battersea Park are both a 20-minute walk.

Local points of interest from Jennifer Forrester

  • The boat is on the London Clipper Stop called Plantation Wharf. This is a ferry which goes up and down the Thames - meaning you can be in central London in 20 minutes. It’s a great way to see London
  • We're approximately 10 minutes walk from the fashionable part of Clapham and Clapham Junction station - with access to excellent and various bars, shops and reataurant.
  • Being on the river, there are incredible views of the surrounding space, bridges and architecture. With the lack of road noise and limited nearby foot fall, it feels like being in the countryside whilst in London. You're right on the Thames path too!
  • The boat measures 40 metres by over 5 metres, with 4 bedrooms the rooms are considerably larger than you might expect to find in a London residence


Jennifer Forrester

Jenny and Henry Forrester wanted to create a large, beautiful space on the river and found that this 40m-long, 6m-wide Belgian Spitz barge was the perfect blank canvas. Jenny trained as a biologist and loves animals so there’s a bit of an animal theme throughout the boat; she also loves cooking and makes wedding cakes. Henry works for a sustainability company and trained as an architect. They were professional rowers and know the river very well. They both love having people to stay – and seeing them enjoy the boat, with its tremendous feeling of space, the river life and the birds, while still being in central London.