Your ideal venue for exhibitions, meetings and celebrations

Looking for a venue to host a private celebration, a venue for a meeting or conference close to London City Airport?

Or an exhibition and performance space for your latest show just off the North Circular? 

The Boathouse Barking is a multi-purpose arts and events venue, overlooking the river.

The sprung-floor, light-filled, flexible studios are  available for hire at competitive rates for corporate, community and family events.

Thanks as always to Rooff, for their generous and ongoing sponsorship of The Boathouse Barking – from the team and all who benefit from this wonderful facility.

COVID-19 Statement

News Update May 11th 2020

The Boathouse Creative Studios are currently closed to the public due to the impact of the pandemic.

We are putting plans in place to re-open the studios with social distancing guidelines in practice.

The earliest we expect to be opening for events, hire bookings and classes is from July 2020 if the country remains at Level 3. 

We know that you will be wondering about whether and when to hold your event or celebration.

We are here to help you think this through and to look at new and imaginative ways in which we can help you to plan.

We will be delighted to give you a virtual tour of the studios and have a video chat.

In the meantime you can also check out Love Letters to the World, our exciting new online Creative Writing workshops starting this Thursday. Jump over to our events page for more info 🙂 


When the Mayor of London came to tea

The Boathouse CIC was delighted to host the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, shortly after his election. He was given a whistle-stop tour of arts venues and organisations in Barking and Dagenham by Councillor Darren Rodwell.

During a break for tea and cakes at the Boathouse Cafe, we brought together artists, cultural connectors and arts businesses to share ideas with the Mayor, and to talk about growing the relationship between culture and regeneration. He believes passionately that the arts have a central part to play in community and the built environment, and recognises their important contribution to the economy. 

Rooff is a construction developer and a key partner in the arts in Barking and Dagenham. The company owns the Granary and Malthouse Buildings, home to the Boathouse Creatives Studios, and is a primary sponsor and supporter of the Boathouse CIC. Steve Drury, Development Director at Rooff, is the Chair of the Boathouse CIC board.

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