Welcome to The Harpy Houseboat, Tower Bridge

When London's largest and most most historic houseboat was built in 1904 she was christened 'HMS (His Majesty's Ship) Harpy'; a Customs & Excise floating office and VIP/royal landing stage on the north bank of the Thames, 400 yards west of Tower Bridge. King George V made an official visit to The Harpy in 1920; see the photo in the 'Gallery' on this website.  Legoland features The Harpy in it's model of London; securing her place as an iconic part of London's history.

Decommissioned in 1980, the present owners moved her to a new mooring on the South Bank, 400 yards east of Tower Bridge, and undertook a restoration and interior re-fit of The Harpy to create a stunning 1,850 sq. ft. (172 sq. m.) 4-bedroom contemporary London home.  

Now available for vacation rental and short lets, this unique 'Waterhouse' has exceptional views of Tower Bridge, The City skyline and the River Thames down to the new city skyline at Canary Wharf. 

With 8 bed spaces in four cabins, 3 sofa beds and a crib/cot, The Harpy is the perfect place to stay for a group of 4 to 12 people, with so many historic London landmarks within a few minutes walk. Access to the West End is very convenient with the Jubilee Line Underground 10 minutes walk away at Bermondsey Station.

Normal minimum stays are 3 nights; 7 over Christmas, New Year and Easter.  A 10% discount applies to stays of four weeknights or 12.5% off any stay of 7 nights or longer. A 25% deposit secures a booking, with the balance payable 2 months before the check-in date.  

Check availability and book online or contact Andrew on 07836 262222 or 'andrew@theharpy.com' for help with any questions.

Once utilitarian Edwardian offices and a 'Mess Room' for Customs & Excise 'Rummaging Officers' have been restored and refitted to create an exceptional home.  

Retaining much of her original robust character and details, this unique vessel is furnished with original Heal's 1920's oak antique furniture, big comfy sofas and beds, organic cotton mattresses, fine Egyptian linen, feather and down pillows and duvets, superb bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, eclectic bold art & objects, oak floors, Turkish kilims, Congolese tribal fabrics, lined curtains, great lighting, Fibre Optic WiFi, SkyQ, a 55 inch curved screen QLED HD TV & a Sonos/Bose sound system with 8 speakers in the upper deck and one or two speakers in each cabin.  

The exceptional quality of the interior finishes, equipment, furniture and artwork, and spacious external wooden decks, all with London's spectacular classic postcard view of Tower Bridge, make staying on board The Harpy a truly memorable experience. 

The reviews from people who have stayed speak for themselves.  They are on this site, on The Harpy Houseboat Facebook page, on Google and on Airbnb. Without exception, every one of the dozens of guests reviews since The Harpy was first available as a vacation rental in late 2016 has been 5 stars.  Many future bookings are from returning guests.

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