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Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

Greater London, United Kingdom
Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea
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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 time enjoying a unique dining experience with family and friends on the Thames River. 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, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the London Eye.
  • Cruise through the heart of London, from Tower Pier to Westminster
  • See legendary London landmarks including the London Eye and the Shard
  • 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
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Afternoon tea - selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

London, UK

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 Thames River. Find your seat in the cozy indoor saloon and enjoy panoramic views of the city shoreline as your cruise begins.

Heading west from Tower Pier, 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, see a medley of buskers, locals, and tourists meandering on the bustling pedestrian path. Your cruise loops at Westminster, for great views of the Houses of Parliament 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. 
Stop At:  
City Cruises London Tower Pier
Board at Tower Pier, please arrive 20 minutes before you departure time
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Tower of London
board at Tower Pier which is within touching distance of the Tower of London
Pass By:  
London Eye
Head to the upper deck and get the perfect picture opportunity of the Coca- Cola London Eye
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Tower Bridge
Pass under Tower Bridge and head to the upper deck to see the bridge in all of its glory
Pass By:  
Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf will appear on your left as you head down to towards Greenwich
Pass By:  
The Shard
As you cruise along the River Thames you will be in the perfect position to see London's highest viewing platform
Pass By:  
HMS Belfast
Sail past the permanently moored former battleship, which is now a floating Royal Naval Museum
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St. Paul's Cathedral
Catch the peak of the St Paul's Cathedral dome where it will stand out from the rest of London's Skyline
  • 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
  • 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 us after booking.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Cruises

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.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea.
What is the social distancing policy during Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea.
What is the maximum group size during Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea?
This activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Those who arrive last are seated furthest from the wall and served food and tea last, so definitely recommend arriving early." See review
  • "It's a very nice cruise to take if you want just a laid back and have tea in a boat." See review
  • "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" See review


190 Reviews

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Great value for money
, Jul 2021
The host gave an excellent commentary that was very informative and really funny. The staff were very friendly and couldn’t do enough for you. The food was very good. We’ll worth the money.
Great value for money lovely experience would do it again
, Jul 2021
Great comentry good food great service and everything was on time would highly recommend it would do it again
Afternoon Tea with my daughter
, Jul 2021
Lovely experience. It was nice to get out and relax with my daughter. Sandwiches and cakes were more than enough to share.
, Jul 2021
Seeing the major bridges and buildings. Tea disappointing, scones hard, cakes tasteless, tea stewed.
A delightful afternoon tea.
, Jul 2021
Excellent trip and first class afternoon tea. The staff were very helpful and friendly. Our only niggle was that the commentary was not loud enough to hear while enjoying our tea in the dining room. We would certainly book this cruise again on our next visit to London and recommend it to friends.
Lovely treat
, Jul 2021
Service and food were great. The commentary was very interesting and it was lovely sitting on top of the boat
Excellent birthday gift
, Jul 2021
Excellent for the price I paid. The crew was excellent and the information and facts they gave of the city was great. It was a great birthday present for my niece she loved it.
, Jul 2021
We Thoroughly enjoyed the trip the boat was lovely food great and excellent value for money would defiantly recommend
Very bad
, Jul 2021
It wasn’t very good at all staff smelled bad smell sweaty arm pits tea had tea leafs flowing where the bag had burst asked to change nothing never asked if ok or needed anything sandwiches were hard
Wonderful afternoon on the good old river Thames!
, Jul 2021
Lovely cream tea. Brilliant commentary full marks to the commentator! Saw the important sights along the Thames. The boat was spotless and the staff couldn't have been better.

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