Sail down the Thames as you enjoy a classic afternoon tea for 2
- London (London)
- Gift Voucher valid for 2 Participants
This Classic Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise for Two is quite simply
a fabulously special way to spend some quality time with a loved
one - but it also makes a wonderfully unique experience gift
This is your chance to share a delicious afternoon tea with a friend or family member as you enjoy a relaxing cruise down the River Thames and admire some of London's most iconic sights. Your experience will begin when you climb aboard and make yourselves comfortable in preparation for your afternoon tea. Because everything is prepared on board you are ensured of only the freshest and most delicious treats, and will be able to choose from a varied and delicious selection of sandwiches, pastries and cakes and a wide assortment of teas and coffees. As you enjoy wonderful entertainment from a solo pianist, you will cruise past some of London's most famous sights including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge - so don't forget to bring your camera! Whether you are hoping to surprise a friend with an extra special gift that they can share, or would rather enjoy this fabulous experience yourself, nothing about this relaxing nautical adventure will disappoint!
This Classic Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise for Two is a sightseeing tour of London with a difference, and is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with a loved one. A fabulous experience that you'll both remember for years to come.
The Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise for Two is available on Wednesday and Saturdays only during April and May, and then on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from June to October.
Minimum Age: 5
Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. A vegetarian meal option is available. Unfortunately the boats don't have full wheelchair access (ramp to access boat and bathrooms is by stairs).
Experience Duration: 01:15
Time at Venue: 01:15
The Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise for Two lasts for one hour 15 minutes. The afternoon tea cruises depart promptly at 3:30pm and return to Embankment Pier at 4:45pm. Please arrive AT LEAST 15 minutes before you are due to depart to collect boarding passes from reception and then board the boat.
Participants: The Classic Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise for Two is for 2 participants.
Max Group Size: 2
Spectators Allowed on Site: No
The Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise is for two people. Spectators are welcome to wave you off from the river bank.
You should wear smart casual attire for your Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise for Two.
The Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise for Two will operate regardless of the weather unless in conditions of poor visibility. The captain will make the decision on the day if the cruise will not operate. You will be informed of your options on the day if this affects you. The vessels are closed in so you will not be affected by wind, snow or rain.
I had a terrific time aboard the 'Harmony' for our afternoon tea cruise. The food was to die for and I can't remember a more laid-back sightseeing experience. Definitely the best way to take in London's riverside landmarks.
Garry and I could not have chosen a better day for our visit to Bateaux London Cruises. A blue sky hung over the Capital and the glass high-rises glittered in the springtime sun. We arrived at Embankment Pier feeling peckish and looking forward to Afternoon Tea on the Thames, aboard the fittingly named Harmony.
After checking-in at reception, we took a seat and eagerly awaited the announcement to embark. Upon boarding the vessel, we were greeted by friendly – not to mention impeccably turned-out – staff, and shown to our table.
The room was spacious and uncluttered. Each table was simply laid – with pastel tablecloths, white crockery and crisply printed menus – in preparation for the treats that were to follow. Large windows offered views on both sides and, in the corner, a tuxedoed pianist tinkled the ivories of a baby grand.
As the boat set-off, our tea order was taken and, within moments, a steaming pot of Earl Grey sat before me. With only a brief glance at the Premier passenger’s champagne, I poured my first cup and sat back to enjoy the ride.
The route took in several of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. The water-level perspective and mellow atmosphere, however, meant this was unlike any sightseeing excursion I recall. The London Eye and Westminster passed by our window, unaccompanied by the crush of tourists or blare of traffic noise.
Before long, a silver cake stand was delivered to our table – an enticing selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes carefully arranged on its three tiers. Unfortunately, I was unable to tuck-in right away though as Garry – a keen photographer – had disappeared to the upper deck. I found him there – viewfinder to his eye and shutter-finger poised – as we neared HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge.
My colleague retrieved, it was time to sample smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches; a zesty tarte au citron and soft-centred lemon and blackcurrant cake. The chocolate torte was rich and velvety, and a generous globe of Cornish clotted cream sat alongside fresh scones and strawberry jam.
Leaving only crumbs behind us, we now both made our way upstairs to admire the sites in the open air. We cruised back under the Millennium Bridge, past the familiar dome of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern’s imposing tower, and then – all too soon – the boat was preparing to dock.
Garry and I returned to the hustle and bustle of dry land with some reluctance. The Classic Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise afforded us a uniquely tranquil view of the everchanging city skyline, and we owe our thanks to Bateaux London Cruises and their excellent staff.
If you feel like treating a loved one, the Experience Days voucher can be found here.