Hermitage Community Moorings (HCM) is a co-operative which built, owns, and operates a mooring on the Thames in Wapping next to what used to be Hermitage Wharf, now Wapping Memorial Gardens.

The mooring provides berths for up to 23 vessels; they are predominantly residential live-aboard historic vessels, mainly river barges, plus there are a couple of visitor berths for use by any type of vessel, old or new, for up to two weeks in four. HCM provides well-managed river access for local people, including educational and recreational facilities.

HCM was created by a small, dedicated community over the course of about 6 years and is the first development of its kind on the Thames for more than a generation. The co-operative members entirely self-funded the planning, design, management, construction, installation, and operation of the harbour. The infrastructure is designed to create a small, close-knit community of people committed to boat use and the preservation of historic craft.

Part of its ambition is to ensure traditional river craft (e.g. sailing barges, tugs and motor craft) remain part of the Wapping landscape for future generations – and to create a local landmark that promotes Wapping’s historic links with the river.

Open Day Weekend – 4th & 5th Sept 2021

September 3rd, 2021|0 Comments

Two years on from our last Open Days, the 2021 ones coincide with Open House. No need to book, but there may be limitations on numbers and the pop-up cafe that is usually in place [...]

The Cirdan Sailing Trust July 2021

September 2nd, 2021|0 Comments

The Cirdan Trust vessel Faramir came to Hermitage at the end of July; they report below on the trip:  Cirdan, is a small charity that has been providing life changing experiences to the disadvantaged aboard [...]

Microplastics and The Living River Foundation 2021

July 7th, 2021|Comments Off on Microplastics and The Living River Foundation 2021

Photo above: plastic sampling on the river between Richmond and Twickenham. The Living River Foundation is returning to the Thames to sample the estuary for microplastics floating in the surface of the water. The last [...]

KEEPSAKE Exhibition 2021

April 1st, 2021|Comments Off on KEEPSAKE Exhibition 2021

Lockdown Exhibition 2021: KEEPSAKE (Keep Safe) After a grim winter at the mooring with no Wassail, no Imbolc and no New Year’s parties we held an exhibition in the Pierhouse – it started out as [...]

Coronavirus — Wapping Helpers Group

March 18th, 2020|Comments Off on Coronavirus — Wapping Helpers Group

The Hermitage Moorings community is part of the Wapping Helpers Group. More details of this are below. London, Wapping residents: we're here to help Sign up for your local WhatsApp group via our pod system [...]

Great Get Together at Hermitage

June 21st, 2018|Comments Off on Great Get Together at Hermitage

Tea & Cake in the Pierhouse this Saturday and Sunday

Misty mooring

January 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Misty mooring

Jo Cox – our message

June 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Jo Cox – our message

  2016-06-16 Today is the saddest day of this close community. We have lost a dear, dear friend in the the most tragic and outrageous circumstances. We pay tribute to our amazing, wonderful and spirited [...]

Swale 2014

August 6th, 2014|Comments Off on Swale 2014

05:30 Friday 1st August and the moorings was a buzz. Four of our barges were away to Faversham for the Kentish Sailing Association's 42nd Swale Match. It was the first down river trip for crew on [...]


November 19th, 2013|Comments Off on Welcome!

After being stranded in Belgium for weeks due to bad weather, we're excited to welcome our latest addition to the moorings, Labor Vincit!

High Tide

November 6th, 2013|Comments Off on High Tide

Highest tide we've seen on the moorings. So high the entrance gate was under water, flooding the electrics for an hour before the water fell enough for James to get in to fix.

Swale Match 2013

August 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Swale Match 2013

The Kentish Sailing Association's Swale Match, now in it's 41st year, has become a tradition for the boats at hermitage. Congratulations to the following for their awards: Cabby, although not regularly moored at Hermitage she [...]