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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$ 55.26 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.

About this activity

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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.

  • 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
  • Glass of champagne or additional drinks (available to purchase)
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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Important information

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 1135 reviews

Review summary

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It was easy to find and quick to board. The staff was pleasant and the tea with scones, sandwiches and pastries were very good. We had a hard time hearing the commentary which we wanted to hear. The women’s bathroom stall looked clean but had a terrible urine odor. We would still recommend it, as it was very relaxing and we were able to see a lot of the main landmarks.

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November 6, 2022

Excellent experience! I only wish I knew from the announcer sooner that we were approaching Big Ben and some other landmarks so I could have run upstairs to take pictures. Or, that they would have stopped a bit for pictures before turning around. Other than that it was such a nice ride with good afternoon tea and finger sandwiches, pastries, etc.

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October 31, 2022

It is a nice trip. The service personnel was very friendly. But I think for afternoon tea it is somehow so comfortable because of short of time. Nevertheless it is a reasonable price. You can try a real relaxing afternoon tea in other places not such organized tours. I am pleased I have done once.

October 3, 2022

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