The Company of Watermen and Lightermen, 16 - 18 St-Mary-at-Hill, London, EC3R 8EF
Telephone: (+44) 020 7283 2373 Fax: (+44) 020 7283 0477 E-mail:

In 1514 the earliest Act of Parliament for regulating watermen, wherrymen and bargemen received Royal Assent from King Henry VIII.

In 2014 the Company is celebrating the 500th anniversary of that Act.

Under this Act the Company introduced apprenticeships for those wishing to learn the skills of the Watermen. In 1700 the Lightermen (carriers of goods/cargo) joined  the Watermen’s Company.  The Company is a working guild and is still actively involved with the life of the River and those that work on it.

The present Watermen’s Hall was built in 1780 being designed by William Blackburn for the Company. It is the only original Georgian Hall in the  City of London.

For further information about some of the events planned see our 500th page under the Company tab.

Welcome to the Watermen’ s Company

Watermen's Hall welcomes  Inn or Out  as its exclusive caterer  at the Hall. For more information on hiring the Hall  visit our corporate web site on or telephone

 Sarah Levy  of Inn or Out on

0207 283 3073 or  07841 422424 (mobile) or  email

To book for  the River Thames Club

0207 283 3073 or  07841 422424 (mobile)

Hiring Watermen’s Hall

The Court Room

Contact Details

Training Officer - Alex on 07956341482

 Company Events - Martin on

020 7929 7453 or

Hall tours - Carol on 020 929 7456 or