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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

London Vintage Bus Tour with Afternoon Tea

See some of London’s top attractions from a red double-decker bus and Thames River sightseeing boat before enjoying a classic English afternoon tea on this 3.5-hour tour. Hop onto a vintage double-decker, and pass top London attractions including Big Ben, Nelson’s Column and the Tower of London. Then, enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the Thames, passing the London Eye and more on route to Westminster. Admire Buckingham Palace, with its famous bearskin-topped guards, and cap your tour with a delicious afternoon and glass of Champagne at the Westminster Park Plaza.


  • 3.5-hour bus tour of London with Thames River cruise and traditional English afternoon tea
  • Travel the city in style by vintage double-decker bus
  • Take in top London attractions such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square
  • Marvel at the imposing beauty of Buckingham Palace
  • Cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster on a Thames River sightseeing boat
  • Finish your tour with afternoon tea and scones at Westminster Park Plaza

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What You Can Expect

London Vintage Bus Tour with Afternoon Tea

Enjoy afternoon tea at the Criterion Restaurant

Step on to your vintage double-decker bus in central London, and have your camera ready as you start your 3.5-hour bus, river and afternoon tea tour in England’s history-steeped capital.

From the comfort of your bus, gaze out at top London attractions such as Nelson's Column, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and learn the stories and secrets of the landmarks courtesy of the illuminating onboard commentary.

Head for the Thames River, and stop for photos at the Tower of London. Hear how this famous fortress, largely built between the 11th and 13th centuries, has a dark history as a place of imprisonment, mystery and execution. Learn how it houses the priceless Crown Jewels, and get glimpses of the colourfully dressed Beefeater guards who patrol it.

Stroll along the riverside and board a Thames River sightseeing boat for your cruise to Westminster. Find a spot on deck or inside the comfortable saloon, and listen to the audio commentary to learn about the passing sights. Drift past Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and beneath London Bridge, and soak up stellar views of the iconic London Eye observation wheel.

Afterward, continue to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's London residence — Buckingham Palace — and pause to take snaps of the ornate gates and bearskin-helmeted guards standing in their sentry boxes.

Behold the elegant palace as you hear about its history, and then travel by coach to the Westminster Park Plaza hotel for tea. Here, sit back and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea teamed with a glass of Champagne. Savor everything from finger sandwiches and pastries to quintessentially British scones served with clotted cream and jam.

Your tour concludes here after your tea, leaving you free to continue your day as you wish.

Customer Reviews

Jeanette M P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A very enjoyable experience. Looked after all throughout the tour. A great way too see london.

Christine F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A great afternoon out. I would have liked the river trip to be longer, but it has inspired me to do something similar again. Afternoon tea was superb.

Aparajita D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Included in this was the vintage bus tour the cruise the afternoon tea at Criterion. Everything was wonderful! Would surely do it again with viator.

Susan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour is a great way to see the highlights of London in an afternoon. Tea at the Criterion Restaurant is a nice way to end the tour and meet your fellow travellers.

Rhonda L B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a great first day in London tour! Guide was very knowledgeable and funny. We especially likes the Afternoon Tea at the the Criterion. Highly recommend this tour!!

Barbara S C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We really enjoyed the entire experience, and I would highly recommend going to the High Tea at the end of the tour!!

Jamy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Our tour guide Frank was so wonderful he might have ruined tour guides for me forever. It was fantasic. He took us though all the sites and was a fountain of information. He also made sure everyone was able to get back to their hotel. This was a wonderful tour and the highlight of our trip!

Gloria E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Very nice tour. Disappointed that we didn't have tea as Kensington Palace as originally booked. Didn't really like the hotel tea, although it was a delicious spread and gluten free as requested, I would have preferred something more homely and cosy like the Palace.

Patricia S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Great as usual

amanda s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Jess our tour guide was energetic and entertaining! I learned so much! And the tea was heavenly! Well done :)

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