Water activity

London: Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames

Activity provider: City Cruises Plc

London: Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames

Activity provider: City Cruises Plc
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From US$ 50.04 per person

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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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Wheelchair accessible


  • 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.

  • Access to River Thames
  • Transport for activity duration: Sightseeing cruise
  • Dessert
  • Sandwich
  • Coffee or tea
  • Tea
  • Coffee
    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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    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 1082 reviews

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    This afternoon tea cruise on the Thames was well worth the money. The selection of cakes and sandwiches were very nice and plentiful. The actual cruise itself took a lot in and the cruise commentator was both very informative and entertaining. Would certainly consider using again when next in London.

    September 19, 2022

    A lovely activity to do as a couple or large group. You spend the first section of the journey inside the boat having afternoon tea, then the last half you have the opportunity to go on to the top of the boat for a guided tour along the Thames. One thing that could be improved is to have tea pots on the table so you can have another cup when you want rather than waiting for the waiters to come back around.

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    September 15, 2022

    The whole experience was very good. The staff were very efficient and friendly. The river cruise aspect was excellent too. The only reason I am rating this good rather than excellent is that the scones looked very "mass produced" and the pastry case of the strawberry tart was very soggy. I accept that they were catering for nearly 100 people, that said the sandwiches were lovely and fresh and the fillings were generous. We were also offered numerous top ups of tea and coffee. We had chosen a bottle of rose between the three of us which we considered good value. Despite my criticism, I would recommend this afternoon tea cruise for someone wanting to do something a little different in London. Embarkation was very smooth and the Tower Pier is easy to get to.

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    September 12, 2022

    Product ID: 22633