What could be nicer than gliding along a quiet canal, drinking in beautiful music and scenery, accompanied by delicious refreshments?

The Piano Boat offers just this experience, aboard ‘MV Rachmaninov’, a bespoke wide beam canal barge, whose intimate, elegant music salon is host to a Steinway Model A grand piano and an exclusive audience of just 12 people. The boat has green credentials too; it’s fitted with solar panels on its roof and a hybrid engine which  allows for silent cruising with minimal disturbance to wildlife, and a truly relaxing and immersive experience on the waterways.

Classical music presented in small intimate venues such as this allows audiences to get “up close and personal” with the music, plus an opportunity to meet and talk to the musicians and other audience members. And for those who might hesitate to visit a large impersonal concert hall, venues like The Piano Boat offer a wonderfully exclusive experience.

This unique and intimate floating concert venue based in West London offers musical afternoon tea and brunch cruises complete with an exclusive piano recital with acclaimed concert pianist Masayuki Tayama, as well as workshops, private hire days and musical holidays on board.

The Piano Boat has its official launch on 1 August at the London Canal Museum, near Kings Cross. 

For full details of concert cruises, visit The Piano Boat’s website