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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.
  • 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
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.

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


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)


Viator Traveller's Reviews

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, Nov 2018

Excellent food and drinks. The service a little bit slow, but friendly staff. Nice family tour. Our children, 8 and 11, enjoyed it as well.

, Oct 2018

Very nice afternoon tea experience. The day we took this tour was raining, but that didn't affect the quality of our tour. We really enjoyed the boat trip and the food, which was very well served. You get all the tea you want, plus a very generous serving of sandwiches, scones and small pies. Would definitely book this tour again.

, Sep 2018

Very nice tour. Scones were DELISH! We booked late and didn't get a seat next to the window which is the reason for 4 stars. Going up stairs to see the views is a must!

, Sep 2018

A nice afternoon tea and a cruise on the Thames. Is there a better way to spend your afternoon? We really enjoyed ourselves. We had a unique vantage point to see the sights of London from a different perspective. It was a little warm on board though, so dress lightly (mid-September). The observation deck was a good place to take pictures but pin your hair up because the wind is fierce! We would definitely do this again.

, Jul 2018

My daughter and I very much enjoyed this tour. The afternoon tea was well done, with great service, and nice views along the Thames.

, Jun 2018

I have used Viator for many tours over the last couple of years. This was the only one I was disappointed. The boat was hot. As we went by landmarks, they were not announced. The food was ok. I would find other alternatives for afternoon tea.

, Oct 2017

Unfortunately, we specifically booked a window table for our afternoon tea. When my husband and I arrived, we were seated in the middle. The cruise was fully booked therefore the manager was not able to move us to a window table as requested. Not sure what went wrong with the booking. The food and champagne was excellent and the service was great too. Just be sure you reconfirm your booking if you decide to get a window table.

, Sep 2017

Wonderful cruise around the River Thames. The tea and food was delicious. The extra money spent for the window seat was worth it. Best views possible.

, Sep 2017

This was a great cruise, and a nice little treat for my wife's 30th. We booked the window seat and a glass of Champagne which we thought was good value for the extra 10 each. The food was lovely and there was a vast choice of tea's and coffee's. My pot of tea was refilled twice at no extra cost. The staff were very pleasant from the moment we checked in. They were incredibly welcoming and friendly and our waiter was great. I would definitely recommend!

, Aug 2017

The London Thames River Afternoon Tea Cruise was the highlight of our trip to London. Bateaux/London Catamaran Cruisers did an amazing job. The cruise was lovely and it gives you a totally different perspective of London. It was leisurely, clean and well done. As for the tea itself, it was delicious and well presented. White table cloths with spotless cutlery added to this delightful afternoon. The menu consisted of Smoked salmon, Wiltshire Ham, cucumber and dill and egg mayonnaise with cress, cut in small tea sandwiches, scones with Cornish Clotted cream and strawberry preserve and three small deserts, lemon meringue tart, dark chocolate mousse with marshmallow and carrot cake. A teapot for each table and it is replenished continuously, we had three pots!! There was a gentleman playing the piano which added to the wonderful atmosphere. The crew and staff were professional and friendly. We did the Premier Afternoon tea and crusise which gave us a glass of champagne and a reserved window seat. I highly recommend this afternoon of delight!

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