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EDA Summer Event, Thursday 6 July 2017

View of the Thames from the Dixie Queen View large image

The event is completely full so if for any reason, you cannot make it please let us know by return as we have a waiting list in place. Please also note that your invitation is a personal one.  It is not transferable to a colleague.

Below is the programme for the day. If you have any problems on the day, please contact Maeve O’Dea of Corporacare, who is working with us to organise the Event – 07768 837703.


9.30am      Meet at the XI Bar, Guoman Tower Hotel, near Tower Bridge, St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LD, where coffee will be served.

10.15am    Board the Dixie Queen Paddle Steamer at St Katharine's Pier just outside the hotel.

10.30am    Cast off and paddle eastwards enjoying Champagne, canapes and networking on deck or inside.

We will continue along the Thames seawards passing Canary Wharf, Greenwich and the O2 Arena to the Thames Barrier, at which point lunch will be served (around 1.00pm) and we will start our return journey.

2.30pm     Presentation of the hotly contested 'EDA Engagement Awards'!  

3.15pm     Pass under Tower Bridge, which will be raised to let us through.

3.30pm     Disembark at Tower Pier – just a few minutes’ walk from where we started.  

Many of our guests choose to conclude the day at Dickens Inn at St Katharine Docks.

Dress Code

The dress code for the event is casual business attire, but no jeans please.

Sailing on time

Once the boat has departed at 10.30am sharp, it will not be possible to join the cruise so if you miss it please join us at 3.30pm at the Dickens Inn on St Katharine Docks.

Aboard the Dixie Queen there will be shelter from the elements.  However, we recommend you carry an umbrella in case of rain on the short walks between the Hotel and the Boat.

Directions to the Guoman Tower Hotel, St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LD

On public transport

London Underground:

Take the District or Circle line to Tower Hill

Exit Tower Hill tube station. (Look out for signs to the Tower Hotel.) Walk down the steep steps and through the underpass towards Tower of London

In front of the Tower of London turn left and follow the road towards Tower Bridge . At the traffic lights, cross the road towards the glass building on the corner of the cross-roads.

To the left of the road leading up to the Tower Bridge, follow St Katharine’s Way down the slope towards the river.

The Guoman, Tower Hotel will be on your left.

Mainline rail:

  • Fenchurch Street station is 0.5 miles away
  • London Bridge Tube and rail stations are a 15-minute walk away, over Tower Bridge.

By car:

There are car parks at St Katharine Docks a short 5-minute walk away from the Guoman.

  • City Quay Car park, Thomas More Street, London, E1W 1AS
  • Secure Parking Car park, Thomas More Square, 1 Nesham Street, E1W 1YY

If you have any questions, please contact the EDA on 020 3141 7350.

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