Nautical Tourism Awards 2023

9 | LUXlife Magazine intage Days Out is located only 30 minutes from central London, so you can be enjoying a truly unspoilt and idyllic stretch of this river in no time at all. If you are looking for an exceptional and quintessentially English day out, then look no further. The classic style provided by Vintage Days Out combined with the romance of the Thames creates the ultimate experience in extravagance. Everything Vintage Days Out do has that personal touch as they pride themselves on being attentive to their clients’ every need. Vintage Days Out can arrange a door to door service to and from your hotel or residence, whether that be in London or elsewhere. For the more independent traveller there are superb rail links where you would be met from the train on arrival. Vintage Days Out specialise in a full bespoke, luxury experience that can range from a personal cruise for two (maybe as a venue for a special proposal) to 12 guests, to a private dining experience up to eight people, or as a corporate meeting venue. Vintage Days Out can host it all. The vintage experience with modern facilities is the perfect mix of period surroundings but with a modern bathroom and Wi-Fi on board. Working with one of Oxford’s top chefs, the gourmet food options available to enjoy on board are truly sumptuous. From coffee and pastries on arrival to canapés, lunches, picnics, cream teas, afternoon teas, champagne afternoon teas, through to private dining with the chef on board, Vintage Days Out can cater for all tastes. Everything is served on English Bone China, with silver cutlery and vintage glassware, keeping the luxury standard throughout. Choose from a range of champagne or classic vintage cocktails whilst you cruise serenely along the river, enjoying the glamour of a bygone era. Alternatively, the boat can make a stop at any number of exquisite riverside dining venues. It’s worth mentioning that Vintage Days Out is also very family friendly, children of all ages are safe to move about the boat and get involved in learning the operation of the boat and the locks. The boat itself has an interesting history. Built in 1933, The Charles Cooper Henderson is one of the famous Dunkirk Little Ships that rescued thousands of soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940. She is also Britain’s longest serving lifeboat, steeped in history and stories that make her quite possibly one of the most famous boats on the river today. This is one very special boat with written testimony from her skipper at Dunkirk that gives an insight into her many adventures. Best Luxury Thames Boating Experiences Company 2023 Sir Winston Churchill once said, ‘The Thames is no ordinary waterway, it is the golden thread of our nation’s history.’ There couldn’t be a more luxurious and relaxing way of passing through some of the most stunning countryside, towns, and villages that the Oxfordshire/Berkshire border has to offer, than on your very own privately chartered cruise on a truly famous historic boat. Having spent most of her life saving others, recently restored to a luxury standard, she now enjoys retirement hosting discerning travellers and visitors alike. You will have the opportunity to learn more about this famous boat… or maybe even helm her. Vintage Days Out also offers private charter experiences for some of the most spectacular events on the river. Your private boat would provide you the best seats in the house at events such as (but not limited to) the Women’s Regatta, Henley Festival, or the world famous Henley Royal Regatta, guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. Not only on the Thames, but along the Thames…. Vintage Days Out can offer their privately chauffeured 1933 Rolls Royce, either to and from the boat or for one of their other exclusive experiences. Be transported to the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace, to be hosted and shown behind the scenes by the 11th Duke of Marlborough’s personal butler or visit one of England’s oldest vineyards to be privately hosted by the owning family, or perhaps a behind the scenes VIP experience to some of the most historical sites in Oxford. All of these and many more, rest assured that Vintage Days Out does it in true style. Delighted guests are the best ambassadors for Vintage Days Out. Check out their website to see some of their outstanding reviews. Contact: Richard Prunier Company: Vintage Days Out Web Address: V