Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

London, United Kingdom

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1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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While in London, combine an iconic British tradition with a unique sightseeing excursion on an afternoon tea cruise! Spend a luxurious 1.5 hours enjoying a unique dining experience with family and friends on the River Thames. As you cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster, indulge in tea, freshly prepared cakes and sandwiches, and view London’s great landmarks including the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.
  • 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise on London’s Thames River with afternoon tea
  • Cruise through the heart of London, from Tower Pier to Westminster
  • See legendary London landmarks including the London Eye and Big Ben
  • Sip on a cup of tea, and enjoy a selection of British cakes, scones and sandwiches
  • Visit the onboard bar to purchase more drinks, if you wish


  • Cruise
  • Afternoon tea - selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones
  • Entry/Admission - Thames River


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Champagne
  • Gratuities

Departure Point

Tower Pier

Departure Time

3:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
In the afternoon, head to Tower Pier in central London to board the teatime cruise along the River Thames. Find your seat in the cozy, indoor saloon and enjoy panoramic views of the city shoreline as your 1.5-hour cruise begins.
Heading west from Tower Pier, you’ll first pass the mystery-laden Tower of London and the monolithic Shard building, a 95-story pyramid of glass. Continue on to Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre, a stunning Elizabethan playhouse with running performances, and the towering London Eye. Along the South Bank, you’ll see a medley of buskers, locals and tourists meandering on the bustling pedestrian path. Your cruise loops at Westminster, where you’ll get great views of the Houses of Parliament and the iconic Big Ben before heading back east.
As you cruise, indulge in British culinary delights like scones spread with jam and spoonfuls of cream, finger sandwiches, cakes and unlimited tea and coffee. For an added treat, order a glass of bubbly (own expense) from the onboard bar. After tea, feel free to wander the open-air deck as you arrive back at Tower Pier. 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Your seat on board is guaranteed and will be allocated to you before the cruise takes place. When you board you will be shown to your table. Please note tables are fixed and within close proximity. Our panoramic windows provide great views from all angles of the passing sky-line, regardless of your table location.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We do not guarantee that products are free from nuts or traces of nuts. For gluten-free tea give at least 24 hours’ notice. For any special dietary requirements please call Reservations on 020 77 400 400 or e-mail to

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Nov 2018

lovely to set off in bright at 3.30, take in all the sites and return as darkness feel and all light up .. magical in NovEMBER

, Oct 2018

We really enjoyed the boat cruise with tea. Was a lovely time getting to see the sights while eating delicious sandwiches and scones.

Shirley R
, Sep 2018

I knew there was assigned seating but according to what I read, if there were only 2 of us, we’d get a 2 top table. That didint happen, we were seating with another couple at a 4 top table while there were 2 top tables available. You can request to be moved but it depends on who’s waiter tells the person assigning tables first. For the price you are paying you should be able to pick your seats at booking that way you are not surprised when you get there. The food was decent, the drinks from the bar were terrible and the views were ok.

, Jul 2018

This was a good trip. We did not know it was going to be High Tea with sandwiches etc so had eaten lunch before we went. We thought it was only tea and scones so more information on that would have been useful. I couldn't really hear the announcements/tour information so that was disappointing. But the servers were fantastic. Another thing we didn't know was that if you were in a group you should book together to get seated together. There were 7 of us and we booked separately so they could not give us a large table for all of us. Instead they had to split us in 2 tables which was ok but we were not near the window. They moved some people around but forgot about us and then later apologized as they could have gotten closer to the window. Overall, i would recommend this trip as it was interesting and good value for the money.

, Jul 2018

Very nice view along the Thames. I am a picky eater, but thats my problem. Most people enjoyed it. I'd do it again if I didnt have to pay for a food portion.

amy r
, Apr 2018

It was a lot of fun. Food could have been better. But the staff was friendly and the ambiance was great. Great way to see the city and enjoy some afternoon tea.

, Feb 2018

This was a very nice trip up and back on the Thames. The boat is modern with the seating thoughtfully planned out. The wait staff were excellent and so very nice - had the serving and clean up timed to the second it seemed. Their choice of food with tea is more than enough for two - tea sandwiches, sweet pastries and delicious scones with jam. You can also buy alcohol. The prime viewing is on top of the boat - it is open and there are plenty of seats. When boarding, you are greeted with a glass of champagne and led to your assigned seat - great that it was not a free for all but not so great was not knowing that you could pre book a window seat. I would have done that had I realized - perhaps just the company offers that, did not see it as a choice on Viator or I missed it. The Tower Millenial Pier is very easy to find and well marked once you get to London Tower. I would give 5 stars if I had a window seat. Even at that, our view was good and you can move about the boat to take photos.

, Feb 2018

Very enjoyable cruise, good view , and the food was very nice

Lauren G
, Jan 2018

Very nice boat ride - enough food for lunch or even dinner.

Elaine B
, Dec 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. The staff were all so helpful and efficient. It was wonderful seeing the sights of London particularly towards the end of the afternoon when everything was lit up. Tower Bridge was brilliant and the London Eye. Sandwiches were good and plenty to eat. Drinks were offered as an extra and we tried the Prosecco for one which was reasonably priced.


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