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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

Enjoy a delicious English afternoon tea as you sail by London’s world-famous sights on this 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise along the Thames River. Board your sightseeing boat and gaze at passing landmarks such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, The Shard and Tower of London as you savor everything from dainty sandwiches and cakes to scones smothered in clotted cream and preserves, all complemented by freshly brewed tea and coffee from the pot. To up the luxury, upgrade to enjoy an included glass of Champagne and guaranteed window table.


  • 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

Make your own way to the Embankment Pier in central London and board your comfortable sightseeing cruise boat. Then, settle at your white linen-covered table in the interior cabin, and enjoy the views through the picture windows as your boat follows a round-trip route along the Thames River.

Stay inside or head for the upper observation deck with your camera as you glide past a roll call of London landmarks. Absorb views of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, drift by the Tower of London, and admire the aptly-named ‘Gherkin’ building, St Paul’s Cathedral and soaring glass spire of The Shard, London’s newest architectural icon.

As you cruise, enjoy a quintessentially English afternoon tea set to soft piano music from the resident pianist. Savor freshly cut finger sandwiches, exquisite cakes and fluffy scones served with dollops of Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserves, all arranged on dainty cake stands and accompanied by freshly brewed tea and coffee, fresh from the pot. Just remember to crook your little finger in true English aristocratic style as you lift your cup! See the Itinerary for a sample menu.

To make the occasion extra special, upgrade to the Premier package and enjoy a guaranteed window table and glass of Champagne with your tea — both ideal if you're celebrating a special milestone or want to enjoy your cruise to the full.

After your 1.5-hour cruise, catch your last views of London from the water as your boat arrives back at its starting point. Your tour ends when you step back ashore.


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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

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

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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

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

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.

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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