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London: Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames

London: Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames

From £39 per person

Indulge in one of England's best traditions and enjoy a 1.5-hour Afternoon Tea cruise along the River Thames. See some of the city’s most historic buildings, while enjoying a pot of tea, served alongside a selection of delicate sandwiches and cakes.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Indulge in Afternoon Tea on board a river boat on the Thames
  • Cruise from the Tower of London to the Houses of Parliament and back
  • Tuck into delicious sandwiches, cakes and traditional scones with cream and jam
  • See historic sights, such as Shakespeare's Globe, Tower Bridge and the Tate Modern
  • Admire brave new architecture, such as Renzo Piano's pyramid-like tower The Shard
  • Add on a glass of Champagne to lend more sparkle to your afternoon
Full description

Experience an English tradition in style on this 1.5-hour Afternoon Tea round-trip tour, set on board a comfortable river cruise vessel. Climb aboard the river boat at Tower Pier near the Tower of London and set off downstream, passing sights such as Shakespeare’s Globe, the brand new Shard skyscraper and currently Europe’s tallest building, the London Eye, and Houses of Parliament. As you take in the sights, be served a fine array of delicious sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and a selection of traditional cakes.

Enjoy unlimited tea and coffee with your meal. If you desire, treat yourself and purchase a glass of sparkling champagne. A bar is available throughout, offering a wide choice of soft and alcoholic drinks. An informative sightseeing commentary will provide new facts about London and its monuments as you enjoy a ringside seat from Old Father Thames.

  • 1.5-hour river cruise along the River Thames in central London
  • Traditional Afternoon Tea
  • Selection of sandwiches
  • Scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam
  • Selection of traditional cakes
  • Unlimited tea and coffee
  • Onboard bar (alcoholic and soft drinks available to purchase)
  • Sightseeing commentary
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Prepare for the activity

    Meeting point

    Meet at Tower Pier, Lower Thames Street, London EC3N 4DT. Look for the boat with the City Cruises logo. Boarding commences 15 minutes prior to departure time.

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    What to bring

    • Cash

    Know before you go

    • 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 with each table (or pair of tables) seating four people. The panoramic windows provide great views from all angles of the passing sky-line, regardless of your table location
    • Please note that some tables are situated in close proximity to other diners
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 856 reviews

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    We went to celebrate my best friend's birthday. We were a group of 8 adults and 3 girls and we all absolutely love it. As I had done two separate bookings I was first told that we would be sat separately. When I mentioned that we were celebrating a birthday, tables were rearranged in order for us to be together.

    3 December 2021

    I purchased this afternoon tea for my sister's birthday and although the tea/sandwichs/scones and sweet pieces were lovely and a high standard the seat which she was sitting on was broken and in my view dangerous! The intercom downstairs was not fit for purpose it was a shame as we didn't know what we were looking at! After we finished our tea we went upstairs and enjoyed the commentary

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    14 October 2021

    Fantastic experience from start to end . Afternoon tea was lovely . We got to see the Tower bridge opening . The guide made it , he was so funny . Also gave us an excellent tip re Sky Bar at Walker Talkie where we had a great night . Well done to all involved!

    12 September 2021

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