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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)

London Thames River Afternoon Tea Cruise with Optional Reserved Window Table and Champagne

Combine London’s legendary sights with a scrumptious English tea on this 1.5-hour Thames River afternoon sightseeing cruise. Sail by top London attractions such as Big Ben, the London Eye and Tower of London, and enjoy stellar views of The Shard, the ‘Gherkin’ building, and other icons. As you cruise, savor a delicious afternoon tea of dainty sandwiches and cakes, plus scones with clotted cream and preserves, accompanied by teas and coffees. Upgrade to enjoy a reserved window seat and glass of Champagne — both perfect for a birthday or other occasion.

Highlights

  • 1.5-hour Thames River sightseeing cruise with a classic English afternoon tea
  • Soak up great views of London’s iconic landmarks from the water
  • Drift by the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye and the Tower of London
  • Admire other attractions such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the ‘Gherkin’ and The Shard
  • Savor a selection of freshly made finger sandwiches, cakes and scones served with high quality tea and coffee as you cruise
  • Enjoy your tea serenaded by soft piano music from the resident pianist
  • Upgrade to the Premier package and enjoy a glass of quality Champagne with your tea

What You Can Expect

London Thames River Afternoon Tea Cruise with Optional Reserved Window Table and Champagne

Savor delicious cakes and sandwiches on your Thames River afternoon tea cruise

Travel independently to the Thames River departure pier in central London, and be shown on to your comfortable sightseeing cruiser.
Take a seat at one of the smart, white linen-clothed tables in the indoor cabin, and admire the views of London’s riverbank sights as your boat follows a round-trip route along the Thames.

Watch the landmarks unfold through the panoramic windows, or take a stroll on deck to capture them on camera. Cruise by majestic Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament; enjoy awesome views of the Tower of London and dome of St Paul’s Cathedral; and glide by other top London attractions including the London Eye, The Shard and the cone-shaped skyscraper known as the 'Gherkin.’

Along the way, enjoy the lilting background music courtesy of the resident pianist, and savor a classic English afternoon tea. Sip on freshly brewed teas and coffee, and dig into an assortment of freshly prepared finger sandwiches and cakes, as well as scones served with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserves. See the Itinerary for a sample menu.

If you wish, upgrade to enjoy a reserved window seat and a glass of chilled Champagne with your tea. Feel the bubbles tickle your palate as you savor your sandwiches, cakes and scones: a perfect finishing touch to make the occasion extra special.

After around 1.5 hours on the water, your cruise ends when your boat docks at the original starting pier.

Itinerary

Sample Afternoon Tea Menu

Freshly cut finger sandwiches:
  • Smoked salmon, cream cheese and horseradish
  • Cheddar cheese and cucumber
  • Ham and mustard mayonnaise
Scones and cakes:
  • Fluffy English scones served with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve
  • Selection of traditional English cakes and mini pastries
Tea and coffee:
  • Selection of high quality teas and Fairtrade coffees

(Products may contains nuts or traces of nuts)

Customer Reviews

roz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

I really enjoyed my tour. It was an elegant setting with great ambiance.

Robert R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

A great way to explore and enjoy London. I would not want to miss it!

Tina L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This was by far my favorite part of my whole trip in London. Great staff. Lovely atmosphere. The tea and finger foods were delicious. My favorite were the scones. Mmm so good. Piano music was a wonderful background to float down the River Thames to. All in all must excellent fun.

Rebecca B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Tea was delicious. Great food. I only wish they had enforced the dress code a little more.

Gail C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

I took my aunt on this as a welcome to UK - she was thrilled with the experience. Only wish it could have lasted longer - it was such a pleasant experience. The pianist was excellent.

Pamela C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This was a great lazy way to view some of our fantastic buildings in London, new and old, and have a really lovely afternoon cream tea. This was a perfect way to spend the afternoon before going to the Royal Albert Hall to see Swan Lake. I have told a friend and I will definitely be coming back with her.

D G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

Excellent trip.The tea was yummy!!!!!!!

Mario B C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

It was fabulous!
Ultra romantic, great tea, great boat, great staff!

Patricia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

I took my sister on this trip as a belated birthday g ift. We were impressed fight from the checking in at Embankment Pier. ALL the staff were courteous and friendly. The food served was lovely, especially the warm scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve. Very yummy! The view from our window-side table was wonderful. Seeing all that wonderful London architecture, both old and new, was most interesting. We are born and bred Londoners and absolutely proud of our great city. We have visited other big cities round the world but London is the best. We took the dress code very seriously and took great care with our outfits, although there were some on the boat who didn't embrace the sense of occasion. Such a pity. My sister said it was the best present I could have given her. We are thinking of booking the lunch cruise next , then the dinner cruise with our husbands. That's how much we enjoyed our trip. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make it a real 'English Afternoon Tea' complete with our lovely pianist who played for the whole trip.

Linda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

Staff was very attentive and took note of our individual requests regarding strength of tea and vegetarian choices. Piano accompaniment was entertaining without being intrusive. Everything went very smoothly.

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