St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival is all over!

You've missed it! We had a great time at St Katharines over the weekend with our stripey Arthur Beale stand. The forecast was a bit dodgy so we didn't take too much gear in case we had to have a mad scramble to get it all covered up during the rain showers but there weren't any rain showers and it was positively sunny on Saturday afternoon. Sunday was a bit nippy and so we managed to sell some of our koselig Norwegian jumpers to shivering visitors in their tee shirts. We also had...

St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival This Weekend!

If you aren't down at the Southampton Boat Show and are in need of some boat therapy then St Kats is the place to be. There should be loads of beautiful classic yachts and working boats to admire. Some of them will let you onboard too. The lovely Portwey Steam Tug will be there. There will be sea shanties and jazz and last year there was a beer tent. If there's no beer tent there is always the Dickens Inn and the place is awash with decent places to eat. We will have our Arthur...

Time Out Love London Awards

As a small independent business based in the heart of London we can't afford big flashy newspaper adverts so we need to be really nice to the customers we have in the hope they will spread the word and come back again. It would also be a great boost to us if you can nominate Arthur Beale in the Time Out Love London Awards. If you can spare a minute to go to

and nominate Arthur Beale it could get us through to the final stage!

We would...

Noggin the Nog and Captain Pugwash!

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December during shop opening hours.

Yes, back by popular demand, we will be showing Noggin the Nog upstairs at Arthur Beale over this Christmassy weekend and this year we will also be showing episodes of Captain Pugwash! There will be hot chocolate for the children. It will be a cosy place to relax in the West End and get some Christmas shopping done while watching a couple of episodes of Captain Pugwash or our very favourite Noggin the Nog. Entrance Free.


The Cruel Sea - Film showing.

Thursday 3rd December 1830 for 1845 start.

Arthur Beale’s second film showing will be The Cruel Sea, the 1953 British war film based on the novel by Nicholas Monsarrat. Entrance is normally £5.00 but you can be sneaky and get in free by one of the following crafty methods A) Wear a duffle coat. It will be FREE entrance to anyone wearing a duffle coat! B) Buy one of our top quality Arthur Beale enamel mugs. Anyone weilding an Arthur Beale mug will get in FREE.They cost £12.50 each or £20.00 for two. Cocoa will be served free of charge to Christen it. C) Spend £15.00 in the...


Clipper Race gathers in St Katharine Docks

The 12 Clipper Race boats are gathered in St Katharine's Dock prior to the start of their Round the World Race on Sunday 30th August. I feel a little sorry for the local boats who have presumably been shunted into the outer basins but nevertheless it is a grand display of ocean racing yachts. By the time the fleet arrives in London they are all kitted out with all the gear after their training sessions on the South Coast. Nevertheless there's always a few bits and bobs they need and...

Arctic Forum

Arthur Beale have been supplying several yachts with kit heading off to the Arctic region. Gareth Watkins and Guillaume Danis have kindly agreed to sit on the panel of our Arctic Forum when they will give a short presentation of each of their expeditions and then we will have the opportunity to quiz them about their journeys. There will be some "slides" from their adventures to show us the environment, kit and life on board whilst sailing in the high latitudes. This evening would be a perfect opportunity for anyone thinking of heading north, or way down south, to fire some questions and...


What is it with Boat Builders?

Why are they all such charming people? It doesn’t seem to matter whether they are professional or amateur, or young or old, or from up North or down South or across the water, they are all really pleasant people.

If there has been a delay with a bronze fairlead or a length of chain, instead of flying off their winch handle they just cheerily say “Oh dear, not to worry, send it on as soon as it arrives”. We even received a bottle of 10 year old Bushmills from a boat builder in...