London Boat Show 2016
The 62nd annual London Boat Show is taking place from 8th – 17th January at ExCeL London and promises to be bigger and better than ever. With over 300 leading marine brands showcasing their products, services and boats there is plenty to see and with attractions such as the "60's Revival" and the "Watersports Festival" hosted on the purpose built "Mediterranean Bay" there is plenty to do.
There are over 300 boats on display with 74 boats making their debut at the London Boat Show including the Sunseeker 131 [Motor] Yacht (World debut) measuring approximately 40metres in length which is the largest model to make it's debut at the show. It's price? Well you won't see much change from your share of this week's lottery rollover jackpot.
- 8 World debut
- 1 European debut
- 26 UK debut
- 39 Show debut (including the Hanse 315 and the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 389)
In the Cruising Yachts category, Legend, Beneteau, Hanse, and Jeanneau are all represented with the Legend Yachts to be found on stand A220/N/O with the 31' Marlow Legend and 40' Marlow Legend on display.
For a full list of the boats on show go to the London Boat Show Boat Search.
Tickets are fairly priced at £15 for an Adult (at the weekend) with up to 2 under 15's per adult gaining free admission*. Tickets for Monday to Wednesday next week are £10 for an Adult with U15's free*. Visit Tickets for further details and all the pricing.
Note: Look out for the promotional code(s) in the LBS newsletters as they are offering a really good deal on the VIP experience tickets.
The show is open between 10am and 6pm (and until 8pm on Thursday 14th January)
10 Interesting Facts About London Boat Show
- The price of admission to the original London Boat Show was 2/6d which is the equivalent to 12.5p
- There were 133 exhibitors at the first London Boat Show, versus close to 400 exhibitors in 2015.
- RYA, Jeckell & Son Ltd, Inland Waterways Association, Navigators & General, Motorboat & Yachting, Yachting Monthly and Yachting World have all exhibited at every London Boat Show.
- The first London Boat Show was held at Olympia, before moving to the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in 1957 due to an increase in demand and then to ExCeL London in 2004 as the venue could no longer accommodate the vast selection of boats and equipment suppliers.
- Since the London Boat Show moved to ExCeL London it has grown by a quarter of a mile to occupy the whole of the venue’s South Hall, a space the size of six full‐sized football pitches.
- The first London Boat Show was a nine day event running from Thursday 30 December 1954 to Saturday 8 January 1955. It was shut on Sunday due to the old Sunday Trading Laws.
- The London Boat Show has welcomed an array of personalities; from sailing legends such as Sir Ben Ainslie to American superstars like Nicole Scherzinger. Along with British royalty including HRH The Princess Royal, Anne and eminent politicians including Margret Thatcher, who opened the London Boat Show riding in a bosun’s chair a few months before her election to Prime Minister in 1979.
- For the last two years running the smallest boat at the Show has been the Ribeye TL240 at just 2.4 metres.
- The largest boat that has ever been on display at the London Boat Show was the Princess 32 Metre.
- The London Boat Show hosted the Indoor Windsurfing Championships, an event which had never been held in the UK before.
Follow the Show
If, like us, you are unable to visit the show this year, then we will do our best to share some of the highlights posted on the web via our Facebook and Twitter accounts. If you are going, we would love to hear from you to let us (& our readers) know what you think of this year's Show. Have fun and enjoy.