About Cheyne Wharf

Cheyne Wharf is home to 60 residential moorings and the oldest working boatyard in central London, Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company. It is located next to the historic Cheyne Walk in Chelsea.

Cheyne Wharf offers an incredibly rare opportunity to live on Chelsea’s riverside, where residents can enjoy both the city life of one of London’s most exclusive addresses, alongside the open views, peace and tranquillity of living on the largest open space in London, the River Thames.

There is an experienced team of staff on hand full time to maintain the moorings, undertake renovations to boats and help with the day to day needs of mooring licence holders.

Steeped in History

This part of Chelsea’s River Thames has been recognised as beautiful and important for many years. Famous artists such as Turner, Whistler and Greaves have painted the amazing views from this stretch of the river and Chelsea. Turner lived just opposite the moorings on Cheyne Walk.

Chelsea on the River

Cheyne Wharf is located on the river in Chelsea, just west of Beaufort Street and within a few minutes’ walk of the iconic Kings Road and its fashionable shops, restaurants and bars.

Chelsea boasts some of London’s most interesting cultural events and museums including The Chelsea Flower Show, Masterpiece London, The Saatchi Gallery, The Chelsea Physic Garden, The National Army Museum and The Royal Court Theatre.

Cheyne Wharf’s newest neighbour is the Lots Road Power Station development, Chelsea Waterfront, overlooking the river. This contemporary neighbourhood will be unveiled in June 2018 and by 2019 there will be ten new buildings, water gardens, a covered ‘high street’ with restaurants, cafés and shops as well as Chelsea Harbour and its international design houses.

Central London’s Oldest Working Boatyard

As well as moorings, Cheyne Wharf is home to the Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company which was established in 1935. During its early years, the company functioned as a first class shipwrights and marine engineers, carrying out dry docking refits, overhauls and repairs. New and used boats of all kinds were bought, sold and licenced by the business.

By 1942, the employees at Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company had increased from half a dozen to over one hundred. At the end of the war, Landing Craft and Motor Torpedo Boats arrived back at the boatyard and along with numerous sailing barges, became houseboats.

Today, the company retains its roots of traditional houseboat building and renovation with a team of highly skilled and experienced craftsmen on site. Now in its 83rd year, this established business and residential river destination continues to flourish.

Apprenticeship Scheme

Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company has been training apprentices since the early 1940’s. Generations of young adults trained as craftsmen with many staying as employees for much of their careers.

To apply for information about an apprenticeship please contact Paul Webster on E: info@cheynewharf.com or T: 020 7352 1427

I have been working at Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company since the mid 1970’s and have seen the houseboats develop and the facilities improve significantly over this time as we introduced all mains services to the boats. Having managed the boatyard for over 20 years, I am committed to ensuring that young people are provided with “on the job” training opportunities. It is an honour to see young people grow in confidence as they receive this training and take on board more responsibility. Over 50% of our workforce came through this scheme.

Paul Webster, Boatyard Manager, Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company

An original 1940’s
Apprenticeship contract

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Part of the film ‘The Naked Truth’ was captured at Cheyne Wharf in the 1950’s

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The original Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company at Cheyne Wharf in the 1940’s

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An early picture of the company at Cheyne Wharf

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A vessel under construction by Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company at Cheyne Wharf in the early 1940’s

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A vessel under construction by Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company at Cheyne Wharf in the early 1940’s

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Cheyne Wharf from the Chelsea Embankment in the 1950’s

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The view upstream from Cheyne Wharf

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Boatyard Services

Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company was established in 1935 and is one of Central London’s largest and most experienced boatyards. It is able to offer a huge range of boat related improvement and maintenance services, with a team of highly skilled and experienced craftsmen. It is also home to one of the largest Dry Docks in the central Thames and can fit boats up to 26m in length and 6m in beam.

Now in its 9th decade, this business continues to flourish. Services include:
Dry Dock
Boat Build & Refurbishment
Houseboat Brokerage

The team of experienced carpenters, painters, plumbers and welders are based on site and operate from a fully functional set of workshops. Each craftsman, some originally coming through our apprenticeship scheme, has a broad skill set and they pride themselves on being able to react to any challenge. They thrive on always finding and providing a solution.

The team are happy providing quotations for any project and will bring alongside and manage specialist sub-contractors if necessary.

For further information or to book any of our boatyard services, please contact Lorna Caie on E: info@cheynewharf.com or T: 020 7352 1427.

Houseboats for Sale

Cheyne Wharf offers residents a unique and rare opportunity to live in the heart of Chelsea, on the river in a tranquil and beautiful setting.

Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company have designed ‘Walter Greaves’, a beautiful new houseboat that is finished to the highest standards and is
available to purchase.

Houseboat for Sale – ‘Walter Greaves’

Walter Greaves is 26m long and offers 1,760 square feet of living space. The boat has wonderful entertaining space that includes the entire ground floor comprising a large open plan kitchen, dining area and drawing room. A terrace opens out from the drawing room, offering incredible views across the Thames. She has two large en-suite bedrooms with a dressing room in the master suite. There are also separate study/snug, utility and cloak rooms.

She includes air-conditioning in the drawing room and bedrooms, underfloor heating throughout, a zoned alarm system and a wired broadband-ready computer network.

Simon Rutter at Cheyne Wharf
E: simon.rutter@cheynewharf.com
T: 020 7349 6417


Ian Tichener at Riverhomes
E: Ian@riverhomes.co.uk
T: 020 8788 6000


Matthew Smith at Knight Frank
E: Matthew.smith@knightfrank.com
T: 020 3597 7683

Moorings Available

There are 60 residential moorings at Cheyne Wharf, which are licenced on both a short term and long term basis. From time to time mooring spaces become available. If you would like to register your interest please contact Simon Rutter at Cheyne Wharf.
E: simon.rutter@cheynewharf.com or T: 020 7349 6417



General Enquiries:
Lorna Caie
E: info@cheynewharf.com | T: 020 7352 1427

Mooring and Houseboat Enquiries:
Simon Rutter
E: simon.rutter@cheynewharf.com | T: 020 7349 6417