The Boaters Inn

Kingston upon Thames

Canbury Gardens, Lower Ham Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 5AU

t: 0208 541 4672 e:

The Boaters Inn is situated on the Thames in the beautiful Canbury Gardens, just a ten minute walk from central Kingston. We feature a riverside beer garden that also backs directly onto the park and a quiet sunset balcony. The interior is a mix of classic and contemporary with a 65 seat riverside raised dining area opposite the bar and a smaller dining space by the back garden.

We’ve always been known for serving interesting ales and as such we are CAMRA certified and have an ever-changing selection of real ale from local and national microbreweries; all interesting and sometimes obscure. We’re also a local hub for food and have a seasonally changing menu for lunch and dinner, a comprehensive bar snacks menu as well as a full Sunday roast offering. During the summer we also offer a full BBQ menu from the garden kitchen.

The Boaters Inn is a very family friendly establishment and offer games, colouring books, crayons and a children’s menu for the little ones. As well, we are a dog friendly business so please feel free to bring the pets along for a bowl of water. We are home the longest running weekly free music night in London. Jazz at The Boaters happens at 8pm every Sunday night. See our ‘What’s On’ page for details


Serving seasonal food using only the best locally sourced ingredients we are constantly tweaking the menus to ensure they are as up to date, and as fresh as possible. We offer a full A La Carte menu for lunch and dinner, a tasty mix of hot and cold dishes for individuals or large groups off the bar menu, a summer barbecue menu and a superb Sunday roast.

We cater for large and small dinner groups with options for canapés, buffet and a summer hog roast if you’re so inclined. Give us enough time and we are more than happy to cater a menu to your dietary needs or simply to satisfy your celebratory cravings.


With a real focus on local and micro breweries we offer up some of the most interesting cask conditioned ale you’ll find in Kingston as well as a wide offering of lager’s and bottles from some of the best brewers in London. We also understand that not everyone is up for a pint so we offer a wide range of spirits and an exciting wine list to comb through.

Kitchen opening times

Monday - Friday12:00 - 16:00 / 17:00 - 22:00
Saturday12:00 - 22:00
Sunday12:00 - 21:30

Our Menus

Monday nights

Monday nights are  bring your own wine.

Quiz Night

Tuesdays night is Quiz night starting at 8pm

Frank Griffith Quartet

Sunday 3rd August - Born in the USA, Frank lived in New York between 1980 and 1996 where he worked with Ron Carter, Jack McDuff, Buddy Rich and Mel Torme to name but a few. He currently leads a 9 piece group and its most recent album is called “The Coventry Suite”. A tenor saxophonist, Frank is also very well respected for his composition and arranging skills and is also currently one of the major jazz educators in London. Tonight he leads his own quartet with Nigel Price (guitar), Pete Whittaker (organ) and Les Cirkel (drums).

Mornington Lockett

Sunday 10th August - Mornington is one of the finest tenor saxophonists this country has to offer and one of the most popular visitors to Boaters, having appeared here more times than any other guest since the gig began in 1990. Over the years he has been a member of Ronnie Scott’s band, the Jim Mullen Quartet, and more recently “Celebrating the Jazz Couriers”. The line up is completed by Simon Carter on piano, Laurence Cottle on bass and drummer Mike Bradley. 

Martin Shaw

Sunday 17th August - Martin is one of the UK’s most stylish trumpeters, as much in demand for his fluid, lyrical jazz playing as for his for pop and funk horn section work. He is a featured soloist with The BBC Big Band and has also appeared with British legends such as Cleo Laine and Pete King. In the commercial field Martin has played with Jamiroquai, Rumer and French songstress Patricia Kaas. He appears tonight with Simon Carter (piano), Laurence Cottle (bass) and Darryn Farrugia on drums.

Kelvin Christiane Quartet

Sunday 23rd August - Kelvin is a saxophonist who has been leading his own bands for over twenty years with a prolific list of solo recordings to his name. His latest album is entitled “The Arrival” and features Kelvin on baritone sax in tribute to Gerry Mulligan. He played and wrote for the World Jazz Ensemble and is also the long standing host of The Richmond and Twickenham Jazz Club. Joining him tonight are Alex Hutton (piano), Nick Kacal (bass) and Matt Fishwick (drums). 

Graham Dee

Sunday 30rd August - Graham is quickly becoming a firm favourite at Boaters. He is considered to be one of the country’s finest soul and jazz singers and has worked extensively on the session scene with the likes of Lemar and Westlife. He is also a very well respected vocal coach and has taught at the Brit School and Leeds College of Music. Don’t miss this special opportunity to see Graham perform with Simon Carter (piano), Steve Pearce (bass) and drummer Geoff Dunn.

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