Mainstream Leisure

Mainstream Leisure has been established for over 40 years. Nigel Scandrett, the founder, is frequently credited with the creation of the Disco Cruise' shared party ticket concept. He organised his first event on the Thames in 1966 – tickets were 7 shillings and 6 pence for those with good memories – but no food!

Since then the business has expanded into creating and organising riverboat parties for private and corporate clients. He bought his first Thames boat in 1992 and then built up the largest private fleet of upriver and London boats to become the co-owner of, at one time, 10 upmarket vessels spanning the reaches of the Thames from Henley to the Thames Barrier.

Along the way the Mainstream Catering Company was created initially catering for the company's own clients on water but latterly taking care of requirements in a variety of land and waterside static venues – see

With the acquisition of the Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company came the opportunity to build a substantial presence at the Henley Royal Regatta where the company has been the largest hospitality provider for the past few years – see and

The current team is Lester Barnard, who has been with the business since gaining his BA (Hons) Leisure & Tourism degree at Bournemouth some 10 years ago. As Sales Manager for Mainstream Leisure he offers unparalleled knowledge of the boats available on the river, their advantages, disadvantages and where the value lies.

The other vital member is Liam Kapota. With a strong background in food, beverage and hospitality, he brings a wealth of experience in organising upmarket events both on land and water. As Sales Manager for both the Maidenhead Steam and Mainstream Catering companies he is your point of contact for all upriver and catering events.

Nigel Scandrett, the MD, oversees the whole operation. He personally handles bookings and management of the two company villas in Spain and Portugal and the operation of the Mainstream Racing Club. His other speciality is the organisation of events in unusual venues in London – he knows where they are!

You will find that every enquiry is dealt with a speedy response and in a friendly professional manner, whatever it may be. We have the credibility of over 50 years of experience in the hospitality and ticket business. You will be in good hands.


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